N Ireland seal famous victory
Northern Ireland enjoyed one of the most famous nights in their history by defeating Russia 1-0 in their rearranged Group E World Cup qualifier at Windsor Park.
After wins home and away against group leaders Portugal, Fabio Capello's Russia were expected to keep themselves on track for qualification for next year's tournament, but a determined Northern Ireland side had other ideas.
Michael O'Neill's men more than held their own for the entire match, and could have been in front when Jamie Ward's ferocious strike cannoned back off the post in the first half.
But only minutes later, Naill McGinn's pinpoint cross was expertly headed in by Martin Paterson to send Windsor park into raptures, and was enough to give O'Neill his first win as Northern Ireland boss.
Capello had caused controversy in the run-up to the match, stating "it's only Northern Ireland", and the Italian coach will be regretting those comments even more after this surprise result.
The men in green worked tirelessly right from the word go, harrying their opponents into mistake after mistake.
And the home side had several half chances of their own early on, with McGinn and Shane Ferguson causing problems down the flanks.
But just after Ward had seen his effort come back off the woodwork, McGinn did well to reach a long ball, centering the ball perfectly on the half-volley, and Paterson rose above the Russian rearguard to give his side a shock lead at the break.
The Eastern Europeans made a few changes for the second-half, with Artyom Dzyuba injecting abit of urgency into their attacks.
However, with Gareth McAuley and Craig Cathcart imperious at the back, the visitors never really troubled Roy Carroll in the Northern Ireland goal.
In fact, the home side could have extended their advantage, with Paterson having the ball in the net again, but he was adjudged to have been in an offside position.
The final whistle was greeted with scenes Windsor Park hasn't seen for a long time, and after just two wins in their past 33 games, it was certainly long overdue, and keeps alive their faint qualification hopes.