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International friendly: Panama 0-0 Northern Ireland

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International friendly: Panama 0-0 Northern Ireland

Michael O'Neill gave three players their international debuts as Northern Ireland drew 0-0 in Panama City.

Goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell, midfielder Jordan Thompson and striker Shayne Lavery came on as substitutes against the World Cup-bound hosts.

O'Neill, who fielded a strong starting XI, praised his team's display in sweltering conditions.

Panama's Edgar Joel Barcenas came closest to scoring with a first-half header that came back off the crossbar.

The home supporters gave their team an enthusiastic send-off in what was the last home match before making their first appearance in a World Cup tournament.

Panama have a final friendly against Norway in Oslo on 6 June before heading to Russia where their group opponents are England, Belgium and Tunisia.

The hosts left captain Roman Torres on the bench, with the kick-off delayed by 10 minutes due to a host of pre-game ceremonies, including a lengthy firework display.

In the absence of regular leader Steven Davis, West Brom defender Jonny Evans was Northern Ireland's skipper.

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Northern Ireland coped well with conditions in Panama draw - O'Neill

He was pushed up into midfield in a side that also featured veteran defender Aaron Hughes who was winning his 111th cap.

"We did not have much time to acclimatise and the conditions were difficult for us," said Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill.

"We would have liked to have had more scoring opportunities, but our goalkeeper was not too busy either so I think the draw was fair.

"It would have been nice to win but we probably didn't do enough to deserve that."

Northern Ireland will continue their preparation for the new Uefa Nations League and Euro 2020 qualifiers when they face Costa Rica in San Jose on Sunday.

Line-ups

Panama

  • 12Calderón
  • 13Machado
  • 23BaloySubstituted forR Torresat 76'minutes
  • 4Escobar
  • 17Ovalle
  • 6GómezSubstituted forPérezat 45'minutes
  • 8Bárcenas
  • 20GodoySubstituted forCamargoat 45'minutes
  • 11CooperSubstituted forPimentelat 45'minutes
  • 22JL RodriguezSubstituted forDiazat 60'minutes
  • 18TejadaSubstituted forAvilaat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1A Rodríguez
  • 2Murillo
  • 3Cummings
  • 5R Torres
  • 7Pérez
  • 9G Torres
  • 10Avila
  • 14Pimentel
  • 16Arroyo
  • 21Nurse
  • 24Camargo
  • 25Diaz

Northern Ireland

  • 1CarsonSubstituted forPeacock-Farrellat 45'minutes
  • 14DallasSubstituted forHodsonat 60'minutes
  • 20Cathcart
  • 4McAuley
  • 18Hughes
  • 3FergusonSubstituted forMcLaughlinat 71'minutes
  • 13EvansSubstituted forThompsonat 82'minutes
  • 17McNair
  • 5Evans
  • 10BoyceSubstituted forSmythat 72'minutes
  • 21MagennisSubstituted forLaveryat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Hodson
  • 7Whyte
  • 8Smyth
  • 9McCartan
  • 11Lavery
  • 12Peacock-Farrell
  • 15McCullough
  • 16Thompson
  • 19McLaughlin
  • 23Hazard
Referee:
Henry Bejarano
Attendance:
26,000

Match Stats

Home TeamPanamaAway TeamNorthern Ireland
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home18
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Panama 0, Northern Ireland 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Panama 0, Northern Ireland 0.

Attempt saved. Ricardo Avila (Panama) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Blas Pérez.

Corner, Northern Ireland. Conceded by Román Torres.

Substitution

Substitution, Northern Ireland. Shayne Lavery replaces Josh Magennis.

Attempt blocked. Miguel Camargo (Panama) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked. Assisted by Adolfo Machado.

Attempt blocked. Ricardo Avila (Panama) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Miguel Camargo.

Offside, Panama. Valentín Pimentel tries a through ball, but Edgar Bárcenas is caught offside.

Foul by Adolfo Machado (Panama).

Paul Smyth (Northern Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Northern Ireland. Jordan Thompson replaces Corry Evans.

Attempt missed. Román Torres (Panama) header from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Edgar Bárcenas with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Panama. Conceded by Josh Magennis.

Corner, Panama. Conceded by Gareth McAuley.

Offside, Panama. Ricardo Avila tries a through ball, but Edgar Bárcenas is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Panama. Román Torres replaces Felipe Baloy.

Foul by Ricardo Avila (Panama).

Jonny Evans (Northern Ireland) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Fidel Escobar (Panama).

Paddy McNair (Northern Ireland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Miguel Camargo (Panama).

Paddy McNair (Northern Ireland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Northern Ireland. Paul Smyth replaces Liam Boyce.

Substitution

Substitution, Northern Ireland. Ryan McLaughlin replaces Shane Ferguson.

Attempt missed. Miguel Camargo (Panama) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt missed. Ismael Diaz (Panama) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Edgar Bárcenas with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Panama. Conceded by Aaron Hughes.

Attempt blocked. Ismael Diaz (Panama) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Blas Pérez.

Corner, Northern Ireland. Conceded by José Calderón.

Attempt saved. Josh Magennis (Northern Ireland) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Liam Boyce.

Foul by Ismael Diaz (Panama).

Paddy McNair (Northern Ireland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ricardo Avila (Panama).

Paddy McNair (Northern Ireland) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Northern Ireland. Lee Hodson replaces Stuart Dallas.

Substitution

Substitution, Panama. Ismael Diaz replaces Jose Luis Rodriguez.

Attempt blocked. Paddy McNair (Northern Ireland) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonny Evans.

Corner, Northern Ireland. Conceded by Felipe Baloy.

Offside, Panama. Miguel Camargo tries a through ball, but Blas Pérez is caught offside.

Foul by Blas Pérez (Panama).

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