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We've Met Before - Germany
WE’VE MET BEFORE: NORTHERN IRELAND VS GERMANY
Northern Ireland first met West Germany in 1958 at the World Cup finals in Sweden, holding them to a 2-2 draw with a brace of goals from Peter McParland.
Both teams qualified for the knockout stages, with Northern Ireland losing to France in the quarter-finals. West Germany reached the semi-finals before losing to hosts Sweden.
It was not long before the teams met again after they were drawn together for the qualifiers ahead of the 1962 finals.
The home game was a memorable seven-goal thriller, and despite Billy McAdams netting a hat-trick, Germany won 4-3. In the return in Berlin, Northern Ireland lost 2-1 with Jimmy McIlroy stealing a late consolation goal.
The next two meetings saw Northern Ireland beaten in friendlies before they met in two European Championship qualifiers. In the first game, in November 1982, Ian Stewart’s early goal earned Northern Ireland their first win over the Germans.
And in the return, in November 1983, Norman Whiteside’s 49th-minute goal earned the visitors another 1-0 victory. Northern Ireland finished level on points with West Germany, but their rivals won the group with a superior goal difference and took the one qualification place at the finals.
By the next time they met, unification had taken place and the opposition was simply Germany. Two friendlies ended in 1-1 draws before they were thrown together in the World Cup again.
In Nuremburg in November 1996 Gerry Taggart opened the scoring but the lead was short-lived when Andreas Moller replied. And in Belfast Northern Ireland scored first again, through Michael Hughes, but three goals in seven late minutes from Oliver Bierhoff broke Northern Ireland hearts.
It was not long before they met again, this time in the European Championship qualifiers and Germany were dominant. In Belfast the Germans won 3-0 with two goals from Marco Bode and a third from Dietmar Hamann.
In the return, in Dortmund, Bierhoff struck after just three minutes before Christian Ziege became the latest German player to punish Northern Ireland with a hat-trick.
Next up was a friendly in Belfast and again the Germans dominated, in 2005. David Healy, though, opened the scored but Gerald Asamoah replied and after Michael Ballack converted a penalty, he added another before Lukas Podolski completed the rout.
The last meeting came as recently as June at the European Championship finals.
Northern Ireland were beaten by Germany but still advanced to the last 16 of Euro 2016 after the Czech Republic's 2-0 defeat by Turkey.
Germany wasted chances before Mario Gomez scored the game's only goal in Paris.
The Czechs' loss meant Northern Ireland went through as one of four best third-placed teams. But Wales ended Northern Ireland’s hopes in the last 16.
1958 Malmo WCF Northern Ireland 2 West Germany 2
1960 Belfast WCQ Northern Ireland 3 West Germany 4
1961 Berlin WCQ West Germany 2 Northern Ireland 1
1966 Belfast Friendly Northern Ireland 0 West Germany 2
1977 Cologne Friendly West Germany 5 Northern Ireland 0
1982 Belfast ECQ Northern Ireland 1 West Germany 0
1983 Hamburg ECQ West Germany 0 Northern Ireland 1
1992 Bremen Friendly Germany 1 Northern Ireland 1
1996 Belfast Friendly Northern Ireland 1 Germany 1
1996 Nuremburg WCQ Germany 1 Northern Ireland 1
1997 Belfast WCQ Northern Ireland 1 Germany 3
1999 Belfast ECQ Northern Ireland 0 Germany 3
1999 Dortmund ECQ Germany 4 Northern Ireland 0
2005BelfastFriendlyNorthern Ireland 1 Germany 4
2016 Paris ECF Northern Ireland 0 Germany 1
OVERALL RECORD v West Germany
Played N Ireland W Germany Draws
World Cup 3 0 2 1
European Championships 220 0
Friendlies 2 0 2 0
Total 7 2 4 1
OVERALL RECORD v Germany
Played N Ireland Germany Draws
World Cup 2 0 1 1
European Championships 3 0 3 0
Friendlies 3 0 2 1
Total 8 0 6 2