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Result: Northern Ireland ease to victory over Faroe Islands to move top

Northern Ireland maintain their 100% start in their Euro 2016 Group F qualifying campaign with a 2-0 win over European minnows the Faroe Islands.

Northern Ireland moved to the top of Group F with a 2-0 over the Faroe Islands at Windsor Park tonight.

The hosts were by far the dominant side, and even before he handed Northern Ireland the lead in the sixth minute, Gareth McAuley had seen an effort cleared off the line.

However, the West Brom defender made no mistake 60 seconds later when he nodded home from Oliver Norwood's corner at the far post.

Kyle Lafferty then went close for Northern Ireland as they pushed for a second and the forward got his just rewards with a simple finish from close range in the 21st minute.

Lafferty was then denied by a glorious Gunnar Nielsen save before Steven Davis and Lafferty again sent more efforts narrowly wide.

Totally against the run of play, the Faroe Islands were awarded a penalty in the 36th minute, but Roy Carroll ensured that his side maintained their two-goal advantage at the break with a fine save to tip Frodi Benjaminsen's 12-yard effort onto the post.

Norwood, Stephen Ward and Lafferty all went close shortly after the interval as the game increasingly resembled a exercise in shooting practice for Michael O'Neill's team.

Ryan McLaughlin then missed a glaring opportunity to add a third for Northern Ireland in the 61st minute, but in truth it didn't matter as they cruised to their second successive victory in Group F.

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Northern Ireland's forward Kyle Lafferty (C) celebrates scoring against Hungary during a qualification match for EURO 2016 between Hungary and Northern Ireland on September 7, 2014
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· Great Britain's women aim to secure their place on the podium as they face India in the bronze medal match (2.30am)
· Netherlands - silver medallists five years ago - and Argentina battle for the gold medal in the women's final (11am)

· The women's gold medal will be decided as Australia and USA go head to head (3.30am)

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· Tom Daley already has one Olympic gold to his name in Tokyo, and he begins his bid for second in the men's 10m platform. Teammate Noah Williams is also involved in the preliminary round (7am)

· Jason Kenny's reign as sprint king may be over, but Jack Carlin looked strong in his bid to succeed his compatriot. He takes on Harrie Lavreysen in his sprint semi-final (8.10am), with the final taking place later in the day (10.35am)
· The women's madison makes its Olympic debut at the velodrome as Team GB duo Katie Archibald and Laura Kenny look to add another medal to their collections (9.15am)

· Hosts Japan will look to get themselves on the podium as they face Mexico in the men's bronze medal match (10am)
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