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Referee who oversaw Northern Ireland's last competitive home defeat set for Windsor return

 

By Paul Ferguson

The man who officiated Northern Ireland's last competitive defeat at Windsor Park four years ago will take charge of Thursday night's World Cup qualifier against World champions Germany.

Dutch referee Danny Makkelie sent off three players in September 2013 at the famous south Belfast venue when Portugal came from behind to defeat Northern Ireland 4-2 after a quick-fire hat-trick from Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

Portugal hitman Helder Postiga saw red towards the end of the first half and Northern Ireland took full advantage, going into a 2-1 lead with goals from Gareth McAuley and Jamie Ward.

But Chris Brunt received his second yellow card on the hour mark and once Ronaldo had scored twice to give Portugal a 3-2 lead, Kyle Lafferty was shown a straight red for a crude late challenge. Ronaldo completed his hat-trick seven minutes from time.

This will be the second time 34-year-old Makkelie has officiated a Germany match - he refereed their 2-1 friendly defeat to the USA in Cologne two years ago.

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