Northern Ireland boosted their World Cup qualifying chances with a 3-2 win over Poland in Belfast on Saturday. The home team took a 10th-minute lead in the Group Three tie at Windsor Park when striker Warren Feeney tapped in a Damien Johnson centre. Ireneusz Jelen squeezed Poland's equaliser under goalkeeper Maik Taylor 17 minutes later before Jonny Evans restored Northern Ireland's advantage early in the second half. The Irish went 3-1 up in the 61st minute when Poland captain Michal Zewlakow's backpass bobbled under keeper Artur Boruc for an own goal. Marek Saganowski headed the second goal for the visitors in injury time. Earlier, the tie was briefly held up in the first half when Swedish linesman Stefan Wittberg was hit on the head by an object thrown from the crowd. Northern Ireland have 10 points from six matches but have played more games than all of their group rivals. Poland have seven points from five games.
28 March 2009
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