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Battling Northern Ireland go down to Austria

Austria 2 (Schiechtl 19, Naschenweng 88)

Northern Ireland 0

att: 9,268; at the St Mary's Stadium  

Northern Ireland went down to their second defeat in the Euro 2022 Finals as Austria's greater strength and experience told at Southampton.

Northern Ireland worked extremely hard in sweltering conditions but could not quite lay a glove on their opponents but remained in contention until substitute Katharina Naschenweng sealed the game for Austria with their second goal late on.

The first real scare for Northern Ireland came on the ten minute mark as Julia Hickelsberger-Fuller drove towards goal before slipping a pass through to Nicole Billa whose shot hit the side netting. Northern Ireland responding with Lauren Wade latching onto a good ball from Chloe McCarron before trying her luck from 25 yards with an effort which flew straight at Manuela Zinsberger.

It had been a solid start overall from Kenny Shiels' team but on 19 minutes, they found themselves one behind from a set piece. Sarah Puntigam's free kick from the edge of the area took a deflection off Julie Nelson in the wall and Katharina Schiechtl ran out to prod the ball past Jackie Burns from six yards.

Shortly before half time, it could have been two as Burns' attempted pass went straight to Barbara Dunst, but the keeper made amends by making a fine save, touching Dunst's resulting lob onto the bar.

The same two were involved just after the hour mark, this time a volley by Dunst from outside the area was fumbled by Burns but much to her relief, the ball squirted out of her hands and just carried over the bar.

A good run and cross by Kirsty McGuinness almost led to an opportunity but Carina Wenninger was well placed to clear. The resulting corner was returned back into the area by Sarah McFadden for Rachel Furness whose looping header landed on the roof of the net.

Laura Feiersinger flashed a shot inches over the bar but with two minutes left, a long ball forward by Puntigam was misjudged by Abbie Magee and Katharina Naschenweng stole in, taking the ball past McFadden before planting her shot past Burns and into the far corner of the net for the second goal.

Austria: Manuela Zinsberger, Katharina Schiechtl, Verena Hamshaw, Sarah Puntigam, Viktoria Schnaderbeck (sub Marina Georgieva 45mins), Carina Wenninger, Julia Hickelsberger-Fuller (sub Katharina Naschenweng 72mins), Barbara Dunst, Sarah Zadrazil, Marie Hobinger (sub Laura Feiersinger 45mins), Nicole Billa (sub Lisa Makas 84mins). Subs not used: Isabella Kresche, Jasmin Pal, Celina Degen, Annabel Schasching, Virginia Kirchberger, Jasmin Eder, Stefanie Enzinger.

Northern Ireland: Jackie Burns, Rebecca McKenna (sub Abbie Magee 72mins), Demi Vance, Sarah McFadden, Julie Nelson (sub Louise McDaniel 84mins), Rebecca Holloway, Chloe McCarron, Marissa Callaghan (sub Caitlin McGuinness 84mins), Lauren Wade, Rachel Furness (sub Joely Andrews 79mins), Kirsty McGuinness (sub Emily Wilson 79mins). Subs not used: Rebecca Flaherty, Shannon Turner, Ashley Hutton, Kelsie Burrows, Nadene Caldwell, Laura Rafferty.