Leeds player Stuart Dallas hailed for 'sensational' Northern Ireland display

Leeds fans show their support prior to the Sky Bet Championship Play-off semi final second leg match between Leeds United and Derby County at Elland Road on May 15, 2019 in Leeds, England.

Stuart Dallas has impressed in the Championship for Leeds United and he looked great as the Northern Ireland lost a Euro 2020 qualifier to Germany.

Stuart Dallas of Northern Ireland controls the ball during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier match between Northern Ireland and Germany at Windsor Park on September 09, 2019 in Belfast,...

Stuart Dallas was the best player on the pitch against Germany. And that’s not a sentence you’d normally expect to read on a Tuesday morning.

Despite sharing the turf with Marco Reus, Niklas Sule and Toni Kroos at Windsor Park during Monday night’s Euro 2020 qualifier, the Northern Ireland’s makeshift right-back was arguably the star performer over 90 minutes.

Dallas was a constant threat down the flanks, combining brilliantly with Corry Evans to justify his ‘Cookstown Cafu’ nickname in style.

Northern Ireland's midfielder Stuart Dallas (L) slides to tackle Germany's midfielder Serge Gnabry (R) during the the Euro 2020 football qualification match between Northern Ireland and...

In fact, if it wasn’t for some last-ditch defending from Matthias Ginter, Dallas might have produced a first-half assist for Conor Washington with a trademark burst of acceleration and drilled cross.

Instead, the Northern Ireland were punished for missing their chances in typically ruthless fashion from the visiting Germans.

A stunning volley from Marcel Halsenberg and a tidy finish from the influential Serge Gnabry sealed a 2-0 win for Joachim Low’s new-look, rather inconsistent side in a game where they were forced to live on the knife edge for far longer than they might have anticipated.

But Dallas still deserves all the credit he gets.

Belfast , United Kingdom - 9 September 2019; Stuart Dallas of Northern Ireland during the UEFA EURO2020 Qualifier Group C match between Northern Ireland and Germany at the National Stadium...

 

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