Aberdeen winger Niall McGinn has described the “unbelievable feeling” of scoring his first international goal against Portugal.
McGinn said he was “over the moon” with his opener in Porto, which earned a 1-1 draw for Northern Ireland against the might of Cristiano Ronaldo and co.
He said: "It is just an unbelievable feeling to score against Portugal, as well as it being my first international goal, so I am just over the moon.
"Coming from a small village in County Tyrone, as a fan admiring players like Ronaldo and Nani then having the chance to actually play against them is something else. Obviously to score against them that's something else too.
"To score my first international goal is just fantastic and to come out here and score it against one of the world's best teams is great."
McGinn said he is enjoying his football more than ever at Pittodrie and, after overcoming injury problems, his strike in the Estadio do Dragao was his rewards for working hard since signing for the Dons.
He added: “Quite honestly, I have been playing with a smile on my face.
“I've obviously come back from the injury problems I've had, have scored three in three with my club and I have been working really hard.
“I am enjoying life at the minute, so long may that continue. Definitely, moments like this are a way of paying off for all the hard work behind the scenes.”