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Dominant Northern Ireland lose out to Bosnia and Herzegovinia despite late Grigg strike

Northern Ireland 1-2 Bosnia and Herzegovinia

Will Grigg - 6 - Given the chance to start — his first at Windsor — but unlike the Bosnia game didn’t score or make a big impact. Worked hard in lone front role.
Will Grigg - 6 - Given the chance to start — his first at Windsor — but unlike the Bosnia game didn’t score or make a big impact. Worked hard in lone front role.
Will Grigg netted for Northern Ireland on Saturday.
8th August 2018 Northern Ireland v Bosnia & Herzegovina at the national stadium in Belfast. Northern Ireland's Will Grigg pulls a goal back to 2-1 Mandatory Credit: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
Northern Ireland's Steven Davis rues a missed chance. That was a feeling that turned out to be the story of the match.
Bosnia and Herzegovina's Toni Sunjic (left) and Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty
PACEMAKER BELFAST 08/09/2018 Northern Ireland v Bosnia & Herzegovina UEFA Nations League Northern IrelandÕs George Savlle and BosniaÕs Ervin Zukanovic during todays game at Windsor park. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Bosnia and Herzegovina fans show their support in the stands during the UEFA Nations League, League B Group Three match at Windsor Park, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 8, 2018. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.
8th August 2018 Northern Ireland v Bosnia & Herzegovina at the national stadium in Belfast. Northern Ireland's Steven Davis in action with Bosnia & Herzegovina's Haris Duljevic Mandatory Credit: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill before the UEFA Nations League, League B Group Three match at Windsor Park, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 8, 2018. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.
Northern Ireland's Jamal Lewis and Bosnia's Edin Višća
Bosnia and Herzegovina fans show their support in the stands during the UEFA Nations League, League B Group Three match at Windsor Park, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 8, 2018. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.
Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas and Bosnia's Muhamed Bešić in action during the game on September 8th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Northern Ireland's Niall McGinn gets a shot away.
Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas and Bosnia's Gojko Cimirot in action during the game on September 8th 2018 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Northern Ireland lost out 2-1 to Bosnia and Herzegovinia despite a dominant display.
Northern Ireland's Oliver Norwood (right) and Bosnia and Herzegovina's Elvis Saric in action the UEFA Nations League, League B Group Three match at Windsor Park, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 8, 2018. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.
Northern Ireland's George Saville (right) and Bosnia and Herzegovina's Elvis Saric battle for the ball.
Northern Ireland players during a minute's applause in memory of the late Jimmy McIlroy before the UEFA Nations League, League B Group Three match at Windsor Park, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 8, 2018. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.
Northern Ireland's Stewart Dallas (right) battles with Bosnia and Herzegovina's Gojko Cimirot during the UEFA Nations League, League B Group Three match at Windsor Park, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 8, 2018. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.
Northern Ireland goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell before the UEFA Nations League, League B Group Three match at Windsor Park, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 8, 2018. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.
Northern Ireland goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell warms up.
8th August 2018 Northern Ireland v Bosnia & Herzegovina at the national stadium in Belfast. Northern Ireland Mandatory Credit: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
8th August 2018 Northern Ireland v Bosnia & Herzegovina at the national stadium in Belfast. Northern Ireland's George Saville in action with Bosnia & Herzegovina's Ervin Zukanovic Mandatory Credit: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
8th August 2018 Northern Ireland v Bosnia & Herzegovina at the national stadium in Belfast. Northern Ireland's George Saville in action with Bosnia & Herzegovina's Ervin Zukanovic Mandatory Credit: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
8th August 2018 Northern Ireland v Bosnia & Herzegovina at the national stadium in Belfast. Northern Ireland's George Saville in action with Bosnia & Herzegovina's Ervin Zukanovic Mandatory Credit: Stephen Hamilton /Presseye
Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas in action with Bosnia & Herzegovina's Gojko Clmirot.
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 8th September 2018 UEFA Nations League 2019 Final Tournament at the National Stadium at Windsor Park. Northern Ireland Vs Bosnia and Herzegovina. A tribute is paid to former Northern Ireland player Jimmy McIlroy who recently died. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com
Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 8th September 2018 UEFA Nations League 2019 Final Tournament at the National Stadium at Windsor Park. Northern Ireland Vs Bosnia and Herzegovina. A tribute is paid to former Northern Ireland player Jimmy McIlroy who recently died. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com
PACEMAKER BELFAST 08/09/2018 Northern Ireland v Bosnia & Herzegovina UEFA Nations League A minutes applause before todays game at Windsor park. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
A Northern Ireland fan takes his seat in the stands before the UEFA Nations League, League B Group Three match at Windsor Park, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 8, 2018. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.
Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill before the UEFA Nations League, League B Group Three match at Windsor Park, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 8, 2018. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.
Northern Ireland players warming up before the UEFA Nations League, League B Group Three match at Windsor Park, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 8, 2018. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.
Northern Ireland players warm up before the UEFA Nations League, League B Group Three match at Windsor Park, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 8, 2018. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.
Northern Ireland fans take their seats in the stands before the UEFA Nations League, League B Group Three match at Windsor Park, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday September 8, 2018. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.
Pacemaker Press 07/09/2018 Northern Ireland's Gareth McAuley and Kyle Lafferty during training, ahead of Northern Ireland's UEFA Nations League game against Bosnia & Herzegovina at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park on Saturday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty and team mates training ahead of Saturday's UEFA Nations League match against Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Northern Ireland have lost their first UEFA Nations League match 2-1 at home to Bosnia and Herzegovinia.

Michael O'Neill's men totally dominated the game from start to finish but two lapses let the visitors in while the B&H defence prove stout enough to see out success despite Will Grigg's injury time consolation.

The stats show that Northern Ireland had a total of 24 shots on goal, their visitors just five. NI forced 18 corners to zero from the away side and enjoyed 67% of possession.

But it's goals that matter and Haris Duljevic got the first on 36 minutes, tapping home a cross from the classy Edin Dzeko with competitive-debutant keeper Bailey Peacock Farrell helpless.

The Leeds stopper was again exposed on 64, when Craig Cathcart's slack header back allowed Elvis Saric to nip in, nick the ball through the keeper's legs and convert the second.

Northern Ireland had created chance after chance at the opposite end, after they were denied a first minute penalty. George Saville looked to be tripped but the referee waved play on.

A lively Niall McGinn soon tested the keeper and Saville came close but it was in the second period that NI really carved out the quality chances. First Stuart Dallas scuffed a volley that was tipped over, then Kyle Lafferty's back-post shot was denied well by Ibrahim Sehic, who also saved from substitute Liam Boyce one-on-one.

He couldn't stop Grigg netting Liam Boyce's cross in injury time and the Wigan forward even came inches from stretching enough to convert an even later leveller when competitive-debutant Jamal Lewis headed the ball down in the area.

So close.

Here's the game as it happened:

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