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Liechtenstein 1-4 N Ireland
David Healy (right) celebrates his opening goal in Saturday's game
David Healy was in record-breaking form for Northern Ireland
David Healy scored a hat-trick as Northern Ireland beat Liechtenstein 4-1 in their Euro 2008 qualifier in Vaduz.

Healy found the empty net on 52 minutes when the ball fell to him after Peter Jehle had saved Kyle Lafferty's shot.

Keith Gillespie sent the striker through for his second after 74 and Steve Davis provided the pass for Healy to slot home his third goal on 82.

Franz Burgmeier fired home a curling right foot shot on 90 but Grant McCann headed in Gillespie's cross at the end.

Davis and Healy tested the Liechtenstein goalkeeper with early long-range efforts while at the other end Burgmeier's 20-yard attempt was easily dealt with by Maik Taylor.

606: DEBATE

Gillespie was yellow carded for raising his elbow in a challenge with Martin Stocklasa, ruling the winger out of Wednesday's game against Sweden.

Soon after the Sheffield United player saw his goalbound curling 20-yard right-foot shot pushed wide by Jehle.

Before the break Raphael Rohrer had a shot blocked by Stephen Craigan and Burgmeier headed over the bar from a pinpoint Mario Frick cross.

Frick put in another dangerous cross at the start of the second half but no-one could latch onto the dangerman's delivery.

Johnson then provided the through ball for Lafferty to shoot, Jehle made the save but the ball broke kindly to Healy who fired home to break the deadlock.

Taylor blocked a Frick drive at the other end and Rohrer sliced an effort wide when well placed in front of goal.

Stocklosa fired wide after Taylor dropped a cross before Healy netted his second of the game.

The forward became the first Northern Ireland player to score two hat-tricks when he directed the ball between the keeper's legs and then Davis met a Gillespie cross but Jehle was equal to the task on this occasion.

Burgmeier denied Taylor a clean sheet with a fine strike after cutting in with his right foot and then McCann, who replaced Chris Brunt on 67 minutes, nodded in to make it 4-1 in the dying moments.



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