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We've Met Before - Northern Ireland VS Germany
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We've Met Before - Northern Ireland VS Germany

WE’VE MET BEFORE: NORTHERN IRELAND VS GERMANY

 

Northern Ireland suffered their only defeat of the current qualifying campaign when they were beaten 2-0 by the World Cup holders in Hannover 12 months ago. First-half goals from Julian Draxler and Sami Khedira did the damage.

 

Northern Ireland first met West Germany at the 1958 World Cup finals in Sweden, with a Peter McParland brace earning a 2-2 draw.

Both teams qualified for the knockout stages, with Northern Ireland losing to France in the quarter-finals while West Germany were defeated by hosts Sweden in the semis.

It wasn’t long before the teams met again after being drawn together in the same qualification group for the 1962 finals.

The home game was a memorable seven-goal thriller when a Billy McAdams hat-trick could not save Northern Ireland from a 4-3 defeat. In the Berlin return, Jimmy McIlroy bagged a late consolation in a 2-1 reverse.

The next two meetings saw Northern Ireland suffer successive friendly defeats  but the Northern Irish finally got the better of West Germany when the two teams were drawn in the same qualifying group for the 1984 European Championships.

In the first game in November 1982, Ian Stewart’s solitary first-half strike proved decisive in Belfast. In the return in Hamburg a year later, the Northern Irish completed the double with another 1-0 win. This time, Norman Whiteside was the hero with a 49th-minute winner. Billy Bingham’s side finished level on points with West Germany but their rivals won thegroup and stole the solitary qualification place thanks to a superior goal difference.

The two teams next clashed in the 90s, when Northern Ireland held a reunified Germany to successive 1-1 draws in 1992 and 1996.

It was a similar story when the teams were again paired together in a world cup qualification group ahead of France 1998. In Nuremburg, Gerry Taggart’s opener was cancelled out by Andreas Moller. In the return match, Northern Ireland scored first again through Michael Hughes, but a late Oliver Bierhoff hat-trick inside six minutes broke Northern Ireland hearts.

The two nations were again drawn together in the next qualification campaign, this time for Euro 2000. Germany dominated both encounters, winning 3-0 in Belfast thanks to Marco Bode’s brace and a third from Dietmar Hamann, while an early Bierhoff opener and another hat-trick, this time from Christian Ziege, sealed a 4-0 win.

Next up was a friendly in Belfast in 2005 when the Germans again had their scoring boots on. David Healy’s opener was cancelled out by Gerald Asamoah, Michael Ballack (2) and Lukas Podolski.

 

It was a much closer affair when Northern Ireland met the Germans for the second time at a major finals at Euro 2016. Michael O’Neill’s side were beaten by a solitary Mario Gomez goal in Paris but still advanced to the last 16 as one of the four best third-placed teams, where they lost to Wales.

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