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Finland hit big vs Northern Ireland 

Injury-haunt Northern Ireland's Euro 2024 qualifying torment continued as they suffered a deflating 4-0 loss to Finland in Helsinki.

Injury-haunt Northern Ireland’s Euro 2024 qualifying torment continued as they suffered a deflating 4-0 loss to Finland in Helsinki.

Tough Defeat for O’Neill’s Side:

Michael O’Neill’s youthful squad put up a strong performance in the first half but faced an uphill battle after conceding a Joel Pohjanpalo penalty just before halftime. Unfortunately, they couldn’t recover, leading to a disappointing result against the host team.

Hosts’ Dominance and Northern Ireland’s Setback:

The situation worsened for Northern Ireland when Daniel Håkans extended the hosts’ lead soon after the halftime break. Goals from Teemu Pukki and Robin Lod further compounded the woes for Northern Ireland, culminating in another challenging outing for the struggling side.

Group Struggles and Disappointments:

Northern Ireland’s campaign in Group H has been arduous, having suffered defeat in seven out of nine matches. Their only two victories came against San Marino, the lowest-ranked team globally. 

This contrasts sharply with initial hopes and expectations when the draw was first made, especially with Michael O’Neill’s return, following his success in leading the team to the Euro 2016 finals.

The team’s aspirations for qualification faced a setback in a group where supporters initially held high hopes. However, Northern Ireland’s recent performances, coupled with a challenging group lineup, have made the journey towards qualification a formidable task, showcasing the demanding nature of international football.

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