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Magennis double seals stunning comeback win as Northern Ireland protect perfect Euro 2020 qualifying record

Estonia 1-2 Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland's Josh Magennis scored twice off the bench as Northern Ireland beat Estonia. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Northern Ireland's Josh Magennis scored twice off the bench as Northern Ireland beat Estonia. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Conor Washington and Josh Magennis are both claiming Northern Ireland's equalising goal in Tallinn.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 08th June 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Northern Ireland's Josh Magennis celebrates scoring against Estonia during Saturday nights UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifier against Estonia at the A Le Coq Arena, Tallinn. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 08th June 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Northern Ireland's Jordan Jones celebrates after Josh Magennis scores against Estonia during Saturday nights UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifier against Estonia at the A Le Coq Arena, Tallinn. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 08th June 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Northern Ireland's Josh Magennis celebrates scoring against Estonia during Saturday nights UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifier against Estonia at the A Le Coq Arena, Tallinn. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Northern Ireland's Jamal Lewis reacts after the final whistle during the UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying, Group C match at A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 8, 2019. See PA story SOCCER Estonia. Photo credit should read: Steven Paston/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.
Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas celebrates after the final whistle during the UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying, Group C match at A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 8, 2019. See PA story SOCCER Estonia. Photo credit should read: Steven Paston/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.
Northern Ireland's Josh Magennis during the UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying, Group C match at A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 8, 2019. See PA story SOCCER Estonia. Photo credit should read: Steven Paston/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.
Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas celebrates after the final whistle during the UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying, Group C match at A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 8, 2019. See PA story SOCCER Estonia. Photo credit should read: Steven Paston/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.
Northern Ireland and in the stands during the UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying, Group C match at A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 8, 2019. See PA story SOCCER Estonia. Photo credit should read: Steven Paston/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.
Northern Ireland's Josh Magennis during the UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying, Group C match at A. Le Coq Arena, Tallinn. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 8, 2019. See PA story SOCCER Estonia. Photo credit should read: Steven Paston/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 08th June 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Northern Ireland's Conor Washington celebrates scoring against Estonia during Saturday nights UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifier against Estonia at the A Le Coq Arena, Tallinn. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Northern Ireland's Conor Washington scored a contentious equaliser in Tallinn.
Northern Ireland's George Saville after Estonia's Konstantin Vassiljev opened the scoring.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 08th June 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Estonia's Mattias Kait with Northern Ireland's Paddy McNair during Saturday nights UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifier against Estonia at the A Le Coq Arena, Tallinn. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 08th June 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Northern Ireland's Michael O'Neill during Saturday nights UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifier against Estonia at the A Le Coq Arena, Tallinn. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 08th June 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Estonia's Mattias Kait with Northern Ireland's Gavin Whyte during Saturday nights UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifier against Estonia at the A Le Coq Arena, Tallinn. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Liam Boyce (left) has been given the nod to start in Estonia.
Northern Ireland's Jordan Jones, Paddy McNair and Steve Davis prepare to face Estonia in Tallinn.
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Michael O'Neill's substitutions turned the game on its head as Northern Ireland won the Euro 2020 qualifier in Estonia in breath-taking fashion.

Trailing 1-0, O'Neill brought Conor Washinton, Josh Magennis and Jordan Jones off the bench and all three played key roles as the visitors scored two goals in three minutes to turn the game on its head.

Washington's shot came off Magennis for the leveller and the Bolton striker then converted Jones' cross for the winner to complete what is only the second time Northern Ireland have ever come from behind to win a competitive away game.

Questions were asked of the defence when Estonia captain Konstantin Vassiljev, who delivered a masterclass performance, curled a free-kick round the wall and into the bottom corner on 25 minutes.

However, it was the hosts directing all the queries towards the referee when Northern Ireland levelled on 77.

Washington cut past his marker from the left and lashed a right-footed effort at goal. The contention came when it nicked off Magennis, who the hosts felt was offside, on its way into the net. Replays would later confirm Magennis was, in fact, onside.

There wasn't even enough time for an enquiry as Northern Ireland went ahead just two minutes later.

And there were no questions when Magennis touched home Jones' low cross for his second winner off the bench in as many games.

Estonian wonderkid Erik Sorga had a great chance to level in the last minute of injury-time but could only direct a free header wide.

Northern Ireland now have nine points from their opening three Group C games and take on Belarus on Tuesday (kick-off 7.45pm).

Here's the game as it happend:

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