Scoring against world champions Germany a “special moment” for Josh Magennis

Charlton striker Josh Magennis felt proud after scoring against world champions Germany for Northern Ireland on Friday night, and believes that his side can take a lot of positives from the game.

Although the Green and White Army were beaten 3-1, they enjoyed some good spells during the match and were rewarded for their never-say-die attitude when Magennis struck late on. 

The result leaves Northern Ireland second in World Cup Qualifying Group A and Magennis says that his team should go into their final match on Sunday against Norway feeling confident.

“Scoring was a special moment, especially against this type of team,” he said. “For me, they are the best side in the world and deservedly so. 

“It was important that we started the game well but after three minutes they put one in the top corner and there was nothing that we could have done about that. 

“After that, it was important that we didn’t capitulate because we know that goal difference could be key and now we are looking forward to the game in Oslo on Sunday. 

“It was nice to end the game on a high and hopefully the fans will remember the goal, regardless of it being me that scored it. 

“The score-line was a bit of an injustice with the chances we created; we hit the crossbar and the goalkeeper saved a couple. 

“We showed that we can put teams of this calibre under pressure and that is a big positive that we can take. Sunday is a massive game and we need to concentrate on getting the three points there.”

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