By Ian Parker, Pa
Published: 21:49 BST, 4 September 2020 | Updated: 22:12 BST, 4 September 2020
Gavin Whyte's late header earned 10-man Northern Ireland an unlikely draw and their first ever Nations League point as it finished 1-1 against Romania in Bucharest, but manager Ian Baraclough owed a huge debt to his goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
The Green and White Army were frustrated for much of the night, falling behind when George Puscas poked Romania in front after 25 minutes, and then losing Josh Magennis to two soft yellow cards before half-time.
Peacock-Farrell made a string of top-class saves to keep his side in it in the second half before substitutes Kyle Lafferty and Whyte combined to snatch an equaliser four minutes from time.
Substitute Gavin Whyte scored a late equaliser as Northern Ireland drew 1-1 with Romania
The Northern Ireland players celebrate following Whyte's effort in the closing stages
George Puscas celebrates after his goal put Romania in the ascendancy v Northern Ireland
Puscas is congratulated by his jubilant Romania team-mates after he managed to find the net
Puscas managed to find the back of the net to put Romania in the lead against Northern Ireland
There was still time for Peacock-Farrell to make another fine save, pushing Denis Alibec's shot on to the crossbar.
The second half will offer huge encouragement to Baraclough - appointed to replace Michael O'Neill back in April but only now getting his first game in charge.
And much of it was down to another man who has endured a long wait for action, with Peacock-Farrell