90+2 min: A Northern Ireland cross is too long and goes out for a goal kick. That has been a feature of this game.
90 min: Five minutes of added time for Northern Ireland to get something back.
85 min: Not that it will help much now, but there are a couple of changes for Wales with Wilson and Ramsey replaced by Broadhead and Jordan James.
My goodness! Kazakhstan have stolen this! A counter attack goal completely against the run of play. A ball through the middle, he’s found himself one on one with the ‘keeper and he’s slotted it home. He skipped past two desperate tackles en route. Unreal!
Wales’ hopes of taking part in Germany next year are dangling by a thread as Guler is allowed all the time in the world to pick his spot and shoot past Ward into the top corner. Questions about Ramsey there. Could he have closed down the space? Probably. Game over.
86 min: Bleeeurgh! Just so disappointing. Price has the chance to deliver with a free-kick from the left but he overhits it and it bobbles away for a goal kick. They don’t deserve to win it. Watch them absolutely steal this now.
83 min: Brown comes on for Thompson as O’Neill rolls the dice one last time.
OK David Manby, you win:
“Watching the game here in Turkey – not in the stadium, but up the Barhal Valley which is in the mountains at the other end of the Black Sea. In a tiny village some 600 kms away but the pension owner’s mobile phone has the game on and my partner is shouting at this phone to tell her former pupil, Ward, to get in position! Meanwhile a major rainstorm is clattering on the corrugated iron roof. All very surreal!”
75 min: I’ve loved this game in Turkey. It’s so fiery. Irfan Kahveci is booked for putting his hands in Connor Roberts’ face. File that under things you don’t like to see but really do. Roberts kicked the ball (softly) into a Turkish player lying on the floor. It’s becoming silly and I’m loving it.
80 min: Northern Ireland have 10 minutes plus added time to win a game they’ve dominated. McMenamin’s in swinger is punched away from Shatskiy. Not clinical enough.
74 min: Turkey are now going for the jugular. Yilmaz is causing havoc on the right and chooses to pass to Kokcu on the run. His first time shot is sliced wide. Wales in trouble here of a rout.
This one will count. A cross from the right is well met by Nayir who beats Mepham in the air. Ward gets something on it but can’t keep it out. Three centre backs and no one was there it prevent the header. I’m almost 100% confident that this will stand.
78 min: A top class save from Shatskiy keeps McMenamin’s stinger out with his left foot. Superb stop. Northern Ireland pressing.
I DON’T BELIEVE IT! Honestly what is going on. Wales get another life as this one is ruled no good after a VAR check. Nayir controlled with his arm. Astonishing scenes!
It was only a matter of time. Wales survived an own-goal, they’ve held on with 10 men, they saved a penalty, but they couldn’t keep this strike out. Ward perhaps should have as he meekly wafted at a cross that landed at the feet of the substitute Umut Nayir who swept home into an unguarded net.
It’s England 6-0 North Macedonia! Crikey.
72 min: A couple of changes for Northern Ireland. D. Charles and McCann are replaced by Taylor and Lavery.
Charles’ last act was a busting run upfield before he was cut down by Tagybergen. Price had a pop shot from distance from a free-kick. Looking a little grim for the home side who seemingly lack any imagination with the ball at their feet.
Justice! I didn’t think it was a fair penalty and Ward guesses the right way to keep it level. Wales hanging on but they’re giving themselves a massive chance to nick this.
63 min: Penalty for Turkey! It’s for a hand ball against Ramsey. One of those ones where you have to ask what the player is supposed to do there. He’s got arms. His right hand is outstretched but it hits his left. Unlucky.
62 min: James can’t keep up the energy and is subbed for Bradshaw. Arda Guler, a substitute himself, blazes over with his first touch of the game.
67 min: Some heat at last. A yellow card each for Northern Ireland and Kazakhstan as first Saville is cautioned for a high boot and then Alip joins him in the book for a lunge on McMenamin.
65 min: There’s an appeal for a Northern Ireland penalty as McMenamin sends the ball into the box. Price goes down under contact but referees just don’t give those. Play on son.
59 min: Fair play to Wales. I thought they’d get stuffed in this second half but they’ve rallied and are enjoying themselves. James has been tremendous, running around like a headless chicken up front and annoying Turkey with his little darts here and there.
Some score updates for you from around the continent:
England 5-0 North Macedonia (Saka hat-trick btw)
Republic of Ireland 2-0 Gibraltar (two quick goals has changed this one fast)
France 1-0 Greece
Slovenia 1-1 Denmark
Belarus 0-0 Kosovo
Israel 1-1 Andorra
Switzerland 2-0 Romania
56 min: Dan James is operating as a striker and he draws another foul from a ref who is more than happy to oblige. That’ll suit Wales and will frustrate Turkey.
59 min: Kazakhstan bossing it now. Samorodov cuts in from the left and puts his laces through one. It starts on target but rises over the bar. Northern Ireland getting hammered.
54 min: Maybe Wales should always play with 10. They’ve certainly been the brighter of the two sides this half. James is enjoying more room to do his thing with Ramsey seeing more of the ball as well.
52 min: Another booking for Turkey. This one seemed soft as well but at least the ref is consistent. Under is cautioned for the slightest contact on Williams,
57 min: Just when you thought Peacock-Farrell was just the name of a spectator, he’s asked to come off his line and punch clear a cross. Kazakhstan (no doubt feeling the sting of my earlier rebuke) are enjoying a little spell of possession.
54 min: Yuck! Man this has been a drab match at Windsor Park compared to the cracker we’ve got in Turkey.
Tagybergen shoots from the dark side of the moon and it dribbles wide for a goal kick. About sums it up.
48 min: That gives Wales a chance to shoot from the free-kick and Harry Wilson almost gives his team the lead. It’s a delightful curling effort with his left boot but it’s not good enough to beat this wonder save from Mert Gunok who sticks out his left hand to get it clear. The ‘keeper then gets up quickly to snuff out the rebound. Excellent work from the shot-stopper.