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Did You Know - Northern Ireland VS Germany
Did You Know | Northern Ireland VS Germany
DID YOU KNOW?
- The eagerly-awaited visit of four-time World Champions Germany will be fitting opposition for Michael O’Neill’s 50th game in charge.
- His first match was a 3-0 friendly defeat at home to Northern Ireland’s final Group C opponents Norway in February 2012.
- Germany are the only team to have scored against Northern Ireland in their Group C qualifying matches. They have kept an impressive seven clean sheets in eight fixtures to date.
- Northern Ireland have not lost a competitive home game for more than four years, when a Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick inspired Portugal to a 4-2 win.
- Northern Ireland’s successive victories last month propelled them to their highest ever FIFA World Ranking. They are an impressive 20th, with Germany back in top spot. Norway are up 12 places to 73rd.
- Germany, the reigning world champions, are on the verge of reaching their 19th World Cup finals, having qualified for each of the 18 they have taken part in previously.