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International friendly: Panama 0-0 Northern Ireland

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International friendly: Panama 0-0 Northern Ireland

Michael O’Neill gave three players their international debuts as Northern Ireland drew 0-0 in Panama City.

Goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell, midfielder Jordan Thompson and striker Shayne Lavery came on as substitutes against the World Cup-bound hosts.

O’Neill, who fielded a strong starting XI, praised his team’s display in sweltering conditions.

International friendly: Panama 0-0 Northern Ireland
International friendly: Panama 0-0 Northern Ireland

Panama’s Edgar Joel Barcenas came closest to scoring with a first-half header that came back off the crossbar.

The home supporters gave their team an enthusiastic send-off in what was the last home match before making their first appearance in a World Cup tournament.

Panama have a final friendly against Norway in Oslo on 6 June before heading to Russia where their group opponents are England, Belgium and Tunisia.

The hosts left captain Roman Torres on the bench, with the kick-off delayed by 10 minutes due to a host of pre-game ceremonies, including a lengthy firework display.

In the absence of regular leader Steven Davis, West Brom defender Jonny Evans was Northern Ireland’s skipper.

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Northern Ireland coped well with conditions in Panama draw – O’Neill

He was pushed up into midfield in a side that also featured veteran defender Aaron Hughes who was winning his 111th cap.

“We did not have much time to acclimatise and the conditions were difficult for us,” said Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill.

“We would have liked to have had more scoring opportunities, but our goalkeeper was not too busy either so I think the draw was fair.

“It would have been nice to win but we probably didn’t do enough to deserve that.”

Northern Ireland will continue their preparation for the new Uefa Nations League and Euro 2020 qualifiers when they face Costa Rica in San Jose on Sunday.

Line-ups

Panama

  • 12Calderón
  • 17Ovalle
  • 4Escobar
  • 23Baloy
    Substituted forTorresat 76′minutes
  • 13Machado
  • 6Gómez
    Substituted forPimentelat 45′minutes
  • 8Bárcenas
  • 20Godoy
    Substituted forAvilaat 46′minutes
  • 11Cooper
    Substituted forCamargoat 45′minutes
  • 22Rodriguez
    Substituted forNurseat 60′minutes
  • 18Tejada
    Substituted forPérezat 46′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Rodríguez
  • 2Murillo
  • 3Cummings
  • 5Torres
  • 7Pérez
  • 9Torres
  • 10Avila
  • 14Pimentel
  • 16Arroyo
  • 21Nurse
  • 24Camargo
  • 25Diaz

Northern Ireland

  • 1Carson
    Substituted forPeacock-Farrellat 45′minutes
  • 18Hughes
  • 4McAuley
  • 20Cathcart
  • 3Ferguson
    Substituted forSmythat 72′minutes
  • 13Evans
    Substituted forThompsonat 82′minutes
  • 17McNair
  • 5Evans
  • 14Dallas
    Substituted forHodsonat 59′minutes
  • 10Boyce
    Substituted forMcLaughlinat 72′minutes
  • 21Magennis
    Substituted forLaveryat 88′minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Hodson
  • 7Whyte
  • 8Smyth
  • 9McCartan
  • 11Lavery
  • 12Peacock-Farrell
  • 15McCullough
  • 16Thompson
  • 19McLaughlin
  • 23Hazard
Referee:
Henry Bejarano
Attendance:
26,000

Live Text

Posted at

Match ends, Panama 0, Northern Ireland 0.

Full Time

Posted at90’+4′

Second Half ends, Panama 0, Northern Ireland 0.

Substitution

Posted at88′

Substitution, Northern Ireland. Shayne Lavery replaces Josh Magennis.

Substitution

Posted at82′

Substitution, Northern Ireland. Jordan Thompson replaces Corry Evans.

Substitution

Posted at76′

Substitution, Panama. Román Torres replaces Felipe Baloy.

Substitution

Posted at72′

Substitution, Northern Ireland. Ryan McLaughlin replaces Liam Boyce.

Substitution

Posted at72′

Substitution, Northern Ireland. Paul Smyth replaces Shane Ferguson.

Substitution

Posted at60′

Substitution, Panama. Roberto Nurse replaces Jose Luis Rodriguez.

Substitution

Posted at59′

Substitution, Northern Ireland. Lee Hodson replaces Stuart Dallas.

Substitution

Posted at46′

Substitution, Panama. Ricardo Avila replaces Aníbal Godoy.

Substitution

Posted at46′

Substitution, Panama. Blas Pérez replaces Luis Tejada.

Substitution

Posted at45′

Substitution, Panama. Valentín Pimentel replaces Gabriel Gómez.

Substitution

Posted at45′

Substitution, Panama. Miguel Camargo replaces Armando Cooper.

Second Half

Posted at

Second Half begins Panama 0, Northern Ireland 0.

Substitution

Posted at45′

Substitution, Northern Ireland. Bailey Peacock-Farrell replaces Trevor Carson.

Half Time

Posted at45’+1′

First Half ends, Panama 0, Northern Ireland 0.

Kick Off

Posted at

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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