21/06/1982 Zaragoza Honduras 1-1 Gerry Armstrong
Pat Jennings, Jimmy Nicholl, Mal Donaghy, Chris Nicholl, John McClelland, David McCreery, Norman Whiteside (Noel Brotherston), Martin O’Neill (Felix Healy), Billy Hamilton, Gerry Armstrong, Sammy McIlroy
Despite Honduras holding the hosts to a draw in their opening match, Northern Ireland were expected to win this game and win by a healthy margin.
They looked set to do just that when they took an early lead on 10, Sammy McIlroy curled in a free-kick from wide on the left which came back off the crossbar, a follow up header by Chris Nicholl also came back off the bar before Gerry Armstrong finally forced the ball in with his head from point blank range. There was however a warning shot in return when a corner found its way to Betancourt who thundered a strike against the upright and Jennings later had to turn over a fierce long range free-kick. The Irish were unlucky not to go in two goals to the good at half-time after Armstrong had dummied a defender to make space to fire in a low drive which came back off the post and into the grateful hands of the keeper. An offside decision in the 2nd half denied Northern Ireland daylight and Jennings was in action again on 59 to make a spectacular save from a Betancourt header on the end of a corner, but the follow up corner found Eduardo Laing who’s unstoppable header made it 1-1, prompting a pile-on from his teammates. Honduras finished strongly and the Irish were now left most likely needing a seemingly impossible victory against the hosts in the final group fixture.
The Honduras president went on national television after his team’s 1-1 draw; “I have faith and confidence we will beat Yugoslavia and qualify. Onward, my fellow countrymen.”.
* Trivia –
The referee for this match was Chan Tam Sun from Hong Kong.
21/06/1982 Paris Germany 0-1
Michael McGovern, Aaron Hughes, Craig Cathcart, Gareth McAuley, Jonathan Evans, Corry Evans (Niall McGinn), Oliver Norwood, Jamie Ward (Josh Magennis), Steven Davis, Stuart Dallas, Conor Washington (Kyle Lafferty)
Northern Ireland were beaten by world champions Germany but still advanced to the last 16 of Euro 2016 after the Czech Republic’s 2-0 defeat by Turkey.
Germany wasted several chances before and after Mario Gomez scored the game’s only goal in Paris.
The Czechs’ loss meant Northern Ireland go through as one of four best third-placed teams as they have a better record than Albania and Turkey.
Michael O’Neill’s side will face Wales in the last 16.
Northern Ireland finished the group stage with three points, the same number as Albania and Turkey, but boast a better goal difference than their rivals.
They have reached the knockout stages of a major tournament for just the third time in their history.
* Trivia –
Northern Ireland completed 110 passes against Germany, 11 fewer than Toni Kroos (121). Only the Republic of Ireland have completed fewer passes in a Euro finals game since 1980 (v Netherlands in 1988 – 102 passes).