Northern Ire­land

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CORRY EVANS be­lieves Northern Ire­land can ap­proach next year’s Euro 2020 qual­i­fy­ing play-offs with con­fi­dence af­ter go­ing toe-to-toe with Hol­land on Satur­day night.

Though Rangers mid­fielder Steven Davis missed a penalty in a goal­less draw at Wind­sor Park, Northern Ire­land put the Dutch un­der pres­sure in the early go­ing and were rarely threat­ened them­selves.

The re­sult closed the door on any lin­ger­ing hopes of au­to­matic qual­i­fi­ca­tion be­fore their fi­nal Group C fix­ture against Ger­many in Frankfurt on Tues­day night, but Northern Ire­land will now wait for Fri­day’s draw to dis­cover who they will face in the play-offs next spring.

And Evans feels there is lit­tle to fear af­ter they threat­ened to shock the Dutch in Rot­ter­dam last month be­fore two stop­page­time goals in­flicted a 3-1 de­feat in the re­verse fix­ture.

“Over­all we can be pleased,” the Black­burn mid­fielder said. “We have shown in the two games against Hol­land that we are more than a match for them and we have to take con­fi­dence from this and carry it for­ward.

“We are all frus­trated but as a team I think we have shown how far we have come. We more than matched Ger­many and Hol­land in the three games we have played them and we will take that into Tues­day night’s game.”

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