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Last Updated: Wednesday September 07 2005 20:53 GMT

Northern Ireland defeat England

Healy scores
Northern Ireland have beaten England for the first time since 1972, winning Wednesday's World Cup qualifier 1-0.

David Healy's well-taken 74th-minute goal was enough to see off Sven Goran Eriksson's side, who put in a lacklustre performance in Belfast.

It was the first time England had lost a qualifier for a major tournament since Eriksson took over in 2001.

England can still qualify automatically for the World Cup if they win their two remaining games in the group.

Elsewhere, a double from Kenny Miller gave Scotland a fine 2-1 victory over Norway in their World Cup qualifier.

Miller celebrates

The striker, who scored in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Italy, opened his account with Scotland's first proper attack.

On the half hour, the Wolverhampton Wanderers player doubled the lead, slotting the ball home from 16 yards.

Miller almost got a hat-trick but his 12-yard drive was blocked. He later went off injured. Ole Martin Aarst fired in a late goal for Norway.

Wales sank to their second 1-0 defeat in days after Maciej Zurawski scored from the penalty spot for Poland.

Danny Coyne made three excellent first-half saves to deny the Poles, but Wales are now bottom of the group.

It was also a disappointing night for the Republic Of Ireland, who went down 1-0 against France in Dublin, with Thierry Henry on target for the visitors.



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