Defending champs Germany confirmed their place for next year’s World Cup in Russia by defeating Northern Ireland 3-1 in Belfast.


Sebastian Rudy shot right into the top corner in the second min, Sandro Wagner rifled home from the edge of the area, as well as Joshua Kimmich drove in late on.

Josh Magennis headed Northern Ireland’s objective in blockage time.

Germany progress as team victors yet North Ireland continue to be well positioned to make November’s play-offs.

Michael O’Neill’s men finish their Group C project in Norway on Sunday, intending to end up among the best 8 of the nine group runners-up.

They will follow results somewhere else over the next 2 days yet, as it stands, they could need a point in Oslo making certain of reaching the play-offs, the draw for which happens on 17 October.

Of the 8 teams, the highest four in the Fifa positions which will certainly be released on 16 October – North Ireland are presently 20th – will be seeded for the play-offs.

Having actually won five succeeding certifying games, Northern Ireland’s loss was their first in a competitive residence match given that they lost 4-2 to Portugal in September 2013.

In O’Neill’s 50th game accountable, they failed to equal their record of 6 clean sheets straight – set in 1986, the last time North Ireland got approved for the World Cup.

O’Neill’s side are intending to come to be the very first NI team to contend in consecutive major events.

Germany enter into their last team game in your home to Azerbaijan on Sunday, having actually prolonged their unbeaten go to 18 games because shedding 2-0 to France in the semi-finals of Euro 2016.

The world champions keep their document of having never ever lost an away World Mug qualifying video game, a run that extends 47 games from March 1934, and they have actually just ever lost two Globe Cup qualifier components.

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