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15 minutes ago, Clint said:

By the way, what about yer man singing Nessum Dorma?

That was superb.

Are we as cultured as f**k or what? :blum3:

I go for the football. I'm not sure what was worse: Pavarotti impersonator or the sound of Kasabian trying to drown out our post match congratulations to the team  😉

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10 minutes ago, The Dowie said:

I go for the football. I'm not sure what was worse: Pavarotti impersonator or the sound of Kasabian trying to drown out our post match congratulations to the team  😉

Pete Snodden annoys me most of the time but I'm not sure if this was his fault or not but every time he encouraged the crowd to  make noise either an absolutely horrendous dance song played or some boring dour song played. Can't be that hard to play some songs related to Northern Irish football 

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35 minutes ago, Clint said:

By the way, what about yer man singing Nessum Dorma?

That was superb.

Are we as cultured as f**k or what? :blum3:

Thought it was class, can't imagine too many opera crowds give him that response.

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A German writes...

Germany defeat Northern Ireland 2-0 in Belfast

Manuel Veth –

Northern Ireland v Germany  – September 9 – Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland

It was all Northern Ireland in the first ten minutes, and it was only thanks to Manuel Neuer that Germany were not down a goal early. The German keeper denying Conor Washington in a one-v-one situation in the 7th minute. It took Germany until the 20-minute mark to finally somewhat settle into the game, and Timo Werner saw a shot blocked by Craig Cathcart.

Instead, Northern Ireland should have taken the lead when the ball fell to Washington inside the six-yard box, but the striker failed to tap the ball over the line. Overall, Northern Ireland took the headlines in the first half, the Boys in Green pressed Germany for all but ten minutes, and Die Mannschaft was somewhat lucky that the score was still 0-0 after 45 minutes.

Then almost straight from the kick-off, Germany should have taken the lead, but Lukas Klostermann’s close-range shot was denied by Bailey Peacock-Farrell. But just one minute later in the 47th minute, Klostermann’s RB Leipzig teammate Marcel Halstenberg was more clinical sending a fantastic volley across the line. Germany created further chances and Serge Gnabry (50′) as well as Timo Werner (53′) had chances to double the lead.

Die Mannschaft then were almost punished for their carelessness when Stuart Dallas missed the goal from just a few yards out in the 60th minute. Germany settled the game somewhat but at the same time newly brought on Kai Havertz failed to seal the deal with a header in the 69th and then with a tap-in in the 84th. As a result, the final minutes were a nailbiter for Germany’s traveling support until Serge Gnabry scored his ninth goal in his tenth appearance for Germany in extra-time.

Northern Ireland v Germany – Three Stars

Serge Gnabry (Germany, Bayern Munich)

“Serge Gnabry always plays,” Joachim Löw set in the buildup to the Netherlands game. The reason is simple; the Bayern forward has a goalscoring guarantee when he plays for Germany. Once overlooked by West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal the Bayern star has scored nine goals in ten national team appearances. Tonight’s goal in overtime helped to finally put the game to bed for a, at times, nervy Germany side.

Toni Kroos (Germany, Real Madrid)

With 94 national team games, the 29-year-old central midfielder was the most experienced Germany player on the pitch tonight. That experience showed, with a pass completion rate of 92.8%, Kroos had full control of the match and even under pressure managed to complete almost all his passes. But more importantly, Kroos provided leadership when Germany were under pressure throughout the first half and helped a young Mannschaft to walk away with a hard-fought-for three points.

Bailey Peacock-Farrell (Northern Ireland, Burnley) 

It has been a tough season for the 22-year-old Northern Ireland keeper. Signed by Burnley from Leeds United this summer Peacock-Farrell has struggled for first-team minutes at his new club this season. Hence, his 90 minutes against Luxembourg were his full proper competitive minutes of the season. With that in mind, the 22-year-old’s performance was impressive tonight and kept Northern Ireland in the game on several occasions.

Northern Ireland v Germany – GOALS: 0-1 (Halstenberg, 47), 0-2 (Gnabry 93′)

One could certainly sense the pressure that Germany was under after the 4-2 collapse against the Netherlands on Friday. The result against the Dutch meant that Die Mannschaft had to win against Northern Ireland to stabilize at least second place in Group C.

That pressure was visible for a young team that took the entire first 45 minutes to find any rhythm against a Northern Ireland with a high work rate. Even after Halstenberg’s goal, the result was far from secure and the match not sealed until Gnabry scored in extra-time. That said there are some positives to take away from the game, the young team withstood the pressure and managed to do so with a clean-sheet.

http://www.fussballstadt.com/northern-ireland-v-germany-euro-2020-qualifiers-1920/

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8 hours ago, Clint said:

By the way, what about yer man singing Nessum Dorma?

That was superb.

Are we as cultured as f**k or what? :blum3:

A very talented musician as well, my brother would know him fairly well, nice fella. 

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Only got to hear the last bit of him singing Nessun Dorma but he was very good. Nice touch when he took his coat off to reveal his N.I. top underneath it for the national anthem. :owc:

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53 minutes ago, green port said:

Only got to hear the last bit of him singing Nessun Dorma but he was very good. Nice touch when he took his coat off to reveal his N.I. top underneath it for the national anthem. :owc:

Is that the same guy who sang the national anthem at our playoff game against the Swiss?

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I thought singing nessum dorma was a nonsense tbh. He sang it well, but why sing it at all?

Was it to make zee Germans feel at home seeing as they won Italia 90?

Would have been better singing WNBWNI.

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3 minutes ago, Tarabonga said:

I thought singing nessum dorma was a nonsense tbh. He sang it well, but why sing it at all?

Was it to make zee Germans feel at home seeing as they won Italia 90?

Would have been better singing WNBWNI.

I enjoyed it but yeah wasn't sure why it was happening 

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27 minutes ago, Tarabonga said:

I thought singing nessum dorma was a nonsense tbh. He sang it well, but why sing it at all?

I thought it was great. Made a pleasant change from Snodden’s Incessant merping. “Make some noise!” then sticks on Zombie Nation. Muppet.

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31 minutes ago, Tarabonga said:

I thought singing nessum dorma was a nonsense tbh. He sang it well, but why sing it at all?

Was it to make zee Germans feel at home seeing as they won Italia 90?

Would have been better singing WNBWNI.

I thought it was to get the Italian officials on our side.

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I was fairly confused as to why it was happening.

Stinks of someone sitting in an office thinking of a way to add some false atmosphere or some gimmick they can brag about organising.

Let the fans make the atmosphere and stop getting in the way of it.

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On ‎9‎/‎11‎/‎2019 at 9:10 AM, Tarabonga said:

I thought singing nessum dorma was a nonsense tbh.

 

3 minutes ago, coatsey10 said:

I was fairly confused as to why it was happening.

Stinks of someone sitting in an office thinking of a way to add some false atmosphere or some gimmick they can brag about organising.

Let the fans make the atmosphere and stop getting in the way of it.

Pair of humpy hoors. :tongue2:

Maybe he should've sung Sammy Kirkpatrick.

The atmosphere was already crackling when he stepped up. When he started belting that out it went up a notch. It was superb.

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17 hours ago, coatsey10 said:

I was fairly confused as to why it was happening.

Stinks of someone sitting in an office thinking of a way to add some false atmosphere or some gimmick they can brag about organising.

Let the fans make the atmosphere and stop getting in the way of it.

I agree, totally pointless

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