Iain Dowie goes mental whilst commentating on ITV when Northern Ireland scored

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It must be incredibly difficult for former professionals to remain impartial when commentating on their former side.

It must be even harder to commentate on your country during a crucial match at an international tournament.

But that was the tricky situation facing Iain Dowie on Thursday.


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Dowie was capped 59 times for Northern Ireland during his career and was co-commentating for ITV for their massive match against Ukraine. There was no chance that Dowie was going to contain himself if his country pulled off a shock victory.

When Gareth McAuley headed Northern Ireland in front after 49 minutes, Dowie allowed himself a little “YESSSSS” when the ball hit the back of the net. He was probably trying to remain professional.

However, when Niall McGinn wrapped up the three points in the 96th minute, Dowie couldn’t control himself any longer.

A five second “YEEEEEESSSSSSSSS” ensued as he celebrated Northern Ireland’s first victory at a major tournament in 34 years.

But it wasn’t just his audio celebrations that were captured.

Someone also caught his reaction to the injury-time goal on video and it makes a brilliant watch.

Check it out below:

McAuley is proud

After the match, McAuley hailed his teammates after they upset the odds to beat Ukraine and give themselves an opportunity to progress.

"I'm so proud of the players and coaching staff," the West Brom defender said.

"People maybe didn't give us a chance and said we wouldn't get a point, so it's always nice to turn the screw and prove a few people wrong. To me, that's what Northern Ireland is about.

"It's about being the underdog, scrapping and fighting. The most pleasing thing is that was a Northern Ireland performance out there."


They are now guaranteed to finish at least third in their group, meaning they could be in with a chance of qualifying as one of the four best third-placed sides.

However, if they do the unthinkable and beat the world champions, Germany, in their final fixture, they will ensure passage into the knockout rounds and could even win their group.

However, Dowie wasn’t the only former professional caught celebrating an injury-time goal scored by their country.

Gary Lineker, Rio Ferdinand and Alan Shearer were seen reacting to Daniel Sturridge’s winner against Wales while Welshmen John Hartson and Dean Saunders looked on in the BBC studio.

Check out that video below:

With Wales, England and Northern Ireland all having a decent chance of qualifying from their group, all eyes will now turn to the Republic of Ireland.

The Irish need a result against Belgium on Saturday after drawing their opener against Sweden.

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