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Northern Ireland player ratings: How they performed as Paddy McNair stars in victory over Belarus

Paddy McNair put in a starring performance against Belarus.
Paddy McNair put in a starring performance against Belarus.
Josh Magennis celebrates scoring the winning goal.

Northern Ireland are at the top of Group C after making it two wins from two in their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.

But who were the stars of the 2-1 win over Belarus at Windsor Park?

Here are our match ratings:

Bailey Peacock-Farrell 8: Not a lot he could do about Belarus' deflected equaliser, and kept his concentration to deny Pavel Nekhaychik with a crucial save at the death after being a spectator for much of the second half.

Jamal Lewis 7: Got forward with his customary energy, and delivered some dangerous crosses.

Craig Cathcart 7: Did well in defence, and stepped up his distribution, with one of his long balls forward leading to the winner.

Jonny Evans 7: His first international goal since September 2017 set Northern Ireland on their way to a key victory.

Stuart Dallas 7: Good going forward and looks at home at right-back. While he wasunfortunate with the deflection for the equaliser, perhaps gave his man too much room to shoot.

Niall McGinn 7: Followed up his impressive showing against Estonia with another strong 70 minutes, with his cross leading to the opening goal.

Jordan Jones 6: Some dangerous crossing again and more direct running, though less influential than he was on Thursday.

Steven Davis 6: Neat and tidy in midfield, though Belarus made it difficult in the middle of the park.

George Saville 7: Fought well for the ball and looked to get forward, having a couple of dangerous shots at goal.

Paddy McNair 8: A fine turn and shot was Northern Ireland's first chance of the night, and played a key role in the winner after a night full of attacking intent. Did enough to get our MOTM.

Kyle Lafferty 6: Battled gamely again, but passed up some big chances which looked like proving costly.

Substitutes

Josh Magennis (for McGinn, 68) 8: Started and finished the move that won the match for Northern Ireland.

Liam Boyce (for Lafferty, 78) 7: Battled gamely as Northern Ireland piled on late pressure.

Shane Ferguson (for Jones, 85) 6: Did not have time to make a major impact.

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