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Portugal POR 1

Morocco MAR 0

REPORT

Uruguay URY 1

Saudi Arabia SAU 0

REPORT

Iran IRN 0

Spain ESP 1

REPORT

Denmark DNK 1

Australia AUS 1

REPORT

France FRA 1

Peru PER 0

REPORT

Argentina ARG 0

Croatia CRO 3

REPORT

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Costa Rica CRI

Nigeria NGA

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Belgium BEL

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South Korea KOR

Mexico MEX

Germany GER

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England ENG

Panama PAN

Japan JPN

Senegal SEN

Poland POL

Colombia COL

Saudi Arabia SAU

Egypt EGY

Uruguay URY

Russia RUS

Spain ESP

Morocco MAR

Iran IRN

Portugal POR

Denmark DNK

France FRA

Australia AUS

Peru PER

Iceland ISL

Croatia CRO

Nigeria NGA

Argentina ARG

Mexico MEX

Sweden SWE

South Korea KOR

Germany GER

Switzerland SUI

Costa Rica CRI

Serbia SRB

Brazil BRA

Senegal SEN

Colombia COL

Japan JPN

Poland POL

Panama PAN

Tunisia TUN

England ENG

Belgium BEL

How the Northern Ireland players rated during draw with Panama

Ratings by Paul Ferguson in Panama

Northern Ireland played out a 0-0 draw in the first game of their Central American tour against Panama, but how did the players fare?

Paul Ferguson was there and here's what he made of their performances.

Northern Ireland player ratings v Panama

Trevor Carson 6: Produced a good save at his near post following a blistering shot by Jose Luis Rodriguez in the first half.

Aaron Hughes 7: A few loose balls but cleared Adolfo Machado’s rebound shot off the line.

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th May 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Northern Ireland's Aaron Hughes is exhausted at the final whistle of Wednesday nights International Friendly against Panama at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez, Panama City.

Craig Cathcart 7: Fully committed and didn’t hold back in his challenges. Positionally very good and Panama would not have enjoyed playing against the Watford man.

Gareth McAuley 7: Made the important headers in his own box, made sure he tackled hard but fair and was always a threat from Josh Magennis’ long throws.

Shane Ferguson 6: Plenty of endeavour down the left flank trying to link up with Corry Evans and Liam Boyce. Decent display considering how little club football he has played this season.

Stuart Dallas 6: Playing wing back he was caught out defensively at times but a real threat going forward and it needed a good block to deny him a goal-bound effort in the first half.

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Panama's Luis Ovalle with Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas during Wednesday nights International Friendly at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez, Panama City.

Jonny Evans 7: First time playing in the centre of midfield for Northern Ireland but looked so composed on the ball, took a couple of knocks but made sure he controlled the middle of the park.

Corry Evans 7: Played with so much energy despite the heat and humidity. Combative as always but managed to get forward on more occasions than he is used to.

Paddy McNair 8: A force in midfield — strong in the tackle, put himself about and enjoyed surging forward to link up with Liam Boyce and Josh Magennis. Outstanding effort.

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Paddy McNair was Northern Ireland's stand-out player against Panama.

Josh Magennis 6: Some nice lay-offs and dangerous from long throws. Needed his physical presence in attack. Tested the Panama keeper late on with an angled shot.

Liam Boyce 6: Appeared to have been pulled down in the box in the first half as he contested a Josh Magennis long throw. Hungry for the ball and was always an outlet.

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Panama's Fidel Escobar with Northern Ireland's Liam Boyce during Wednesday nights International Friendly at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez, Panama City.

Substitutes

Bailey Peacock-Farrell (Carson, 46 mins) 6: Keeper made a routine save from Ricardo Avila.

Lee Hodson (Dallas, 59 mins) 6: Showed decent skill within moments of coming on, linking up with Paddy McNair to nutmeg an opponent.

Paul Smyth (Ferguson, 72 mins) 6: Looked lively and wanted to run at defenders.

Ryan McLaughlin (Boyce, 72 mins) 6: Put out on the right wing and wasn’t afraid to attack his full-back.

Jordan Thompson (C Evans, 82 mins) 6: Keen to get his foot on the ball during his brief cameo.

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 29th May 2018 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Northern Ireland's Jordan Thompson during Wednesday nights International Friendly at the Estadio Rommel Fernandez, Panama City.

Shayne Lavery (Magennis, 88 mins) 6: Had the unenviable job of taking on Panama’s man mountain Roman Torres.

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Our coverage of Northern Ireland's tour to play Panama and Costa Rica is brought to you in conjunction with BetMcLean.

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