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Euro 2016: Fans celebrate after Northern Ireland make last 16 despite loss to Germany

By Adrian Rutherford

Published 22/06/2016

Emotions ran high at Titanic Quarter last night as thousands of Northern Ireland fans packed into the venue for the game against Germany
Emotions ran high at Titanic Quarter last night as thousands of Northern Ireland fans packed into the venue for the game against Germany
Emotions ran high at Titanic Quarter last night as thousands of Northern Ireland fans packed into the venue for the game against Germany
Emotions ran high at Titanic Quarter last night as thousands of Northern Ireland fans packed into the venue for the game against Germany
Emotions ran high at Titanic Quarter last night as thousands of Northern Ireland fans packed into the venue for the game against Germany
Emotions ran high at Titanic Quarter last night as thousands of Northern Ireland fans packed into the venue for the game against Germany
Emotions ran high at Titanic Quarter last night as thousands of Northern Ireland fans packed into the venue for the game against Germany
Emotions ran high at Titanic Quarter last night as thousands of Northern Ireland fans packed into the venue for the game against Germany
Emotions ran high at Titanic Quarter last night as thousands of Northern Ireland fans packed into the venue for the game against Germany
Emotions ran high at Titanic Quarter last night as thousands of Northern Ireland fans packed into the venue for the game against Germany
Emotions ran high at Titanic Quarter last night as thousands of Northern Ireland fans packed into the venue for the game against Germany
Emotions ran high at Titanic Quarter last night as thousands of Northern Ireland fans packed into the venue for the game against Germany
Emotions ran high at Titanic Quarter last night as thousands of Northern Ireland fans packed into the venue for the game against Germany
Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Football fans out at the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland beat Ukraine during the 2016 Euro Championship. Thursday 16th June 2016. Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Fans pictured in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Fans pictured in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Fans pictured in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Fans pictured in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Fans pictured in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Fans pictured in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Fans pictured in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Fans pictured in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Fans pictured in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Fans pictured in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Fans pictured in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Fans pictured in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Fans pictured in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Fans pictured in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Fans pictured in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Fans pictured in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Fans pictured in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Fans pictured in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Fans pictured in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Fans pictured in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Fans pictured in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Fans pictured in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Fans pictured in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Fans pictured in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Fans pictured in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Fans pictured in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Fans pictured in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Fans pictured in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Fans pictured in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Fans pictured in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Fans pictured in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Fans pictured in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Northern Ireland fans celebrate after seeing their side score their first goal and take the lead at the official fan zone at The Titanic Belfast, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SPORT Euro 2016 Belfast. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Northern Ireland fans celebrate after seeing their side score their first goal and take the lead at the official fan zone at The Titanic Belfast, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SPORT Euro 2016 Belfast. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Northern Ireland fans celebrate after seeing their side score their first goal and take the lead at the official fan zone at The Titanic Belfast, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SPORT Euro 2016 Belfast. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Fans gather in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Fans gather in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Pictured: Fans who won a spot prize of VIP upgrade are, Terry, Ethan, Rose, and Margaret Hoogelander, Norman Justin, and Paul Wilson. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Northern Ireland fans show their support in the rain at the official fan zone at The Titanic Belfast, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SPORT Euro 2016 Belfast. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Fans pictured in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Fans pictured in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Personal tributes were paid to Darren Rodgers in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Fans pictured in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Fans pictured in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Fans gather in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Pictured: Fans who won a spot prize of VIP upgrade are, Granda Anderson, Ian Anderson, Luke and Katie Anderson. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Fans gather in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Pictured: Fans who won a spot prize of VIP upgrade are, Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 Fans gather in the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall at Titanic slipways, as Northern Ireland meet Ukraine in the Euros on June 16th. Pictured: Fans who won a spot prize of VIP upgrade are, Granda Anderson, Ian Anderson, Luke and Katie Anderson. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Northern Ireland fans show their support at the official fan zone at The Titanic Belfast, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SPORT Euro 2016 Belfast. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Northern Ireland fans show their support at the official fan zone at The Titanic Belfast, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SPORT Euro 2016 Belfast. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Northern Ireland fans show their support at the official fan zone at The Titanic Belfast, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SPORT Euro 2016 Belfast. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Nichola McKeown shows her support for Northern Ireland on her 30th birthday at the official fan zone at The Titanic Belfast, Belfast. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SPORT Euro 2016 Belfast. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Presseye.com/Northern Ireland -16th June 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the fan zone at Titanic in Belfast with Northern Ireland branded Belfast Telegraph supporters packs. Amira and Roman Simpson
Presseye.com/Northern Ireland -16th June 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the fan zone at Titanic in Belfast with Northern Ireland branded Belfast Telegraph supporters packs. Ross and Amy Hawthorne
Presseye.com/Northern Ireland -16th June 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the fan zone at Titanic in Belfast with Northern Ireland branded Belfast Telegraph supporters packs.
Presseye.com/Northern Ireland -16th June 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the fan zone at Titanic in Belfast with Northern Ireland branded Belfast Telegraph supporters packs.
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Pictured is Northern Ireland fans on the streets close to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast as Northern Ireland take on Germany during Euro 2016 game in Paris. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Pacemaker Press Belfast 21-06-2016: Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast Northern Ireland as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 21-06-2016: Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast Northern Ireland as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 21-06-2016: Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast Northern Ireland as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 21-06-2016: Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast Northern Ireland as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 21-06-2016: Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast Northern Ireland as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 21-06-2016: Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast Northern Ireland as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 21-06-2016: Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast Northern Ireland as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 21-06-2016: Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast Northern Ireland as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 21-06-2016: Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast Northern Ireland as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 21-06-2016: Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast Northern Ireland as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 21-06-2016: Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast Northern Ireland as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 21-06-2016: Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast Northern Ireland as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Fans who won Gold Level VIP tickets pictured with Northern Ireland legend Billy Hamilton, who made the assist in the 1982 World Cup. Fans pictured are, Robert Grierson, Karen Connolly, and Dianne Atkinson. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Fans at the Northern Ireland fanzine at Titanic slipways in Belfast for Northern Ireland's crucial Euro 2016 clash against World Champions Germany in Paris. Photo by Peter Morrison/Belfast Telegraph
Fans at the Northern Ireland fanzine at Titanic slipways in Belfast for Northern Ireland's crucial Euro 2016 clash against World Champions Germany in Paris. Photo by Peter Morrison/Belfast Telegraph
Fans at the Northern Ireland fanzine at Titanic slipways in Belfast for Northern Ireland's crucial Euro 2016 clash against World Champions Germany in Paris. Photo by Peter Morrison/Belfast Telegraph
Fans at the Northern Ireland fanzine at Titanic slipways in Belfast for Northern Ireland's crucial Euro 2016 clash against World Champions Germany in Paris. Photo by Peter Morrison/Belfast Telegraph
Fans at the Northern Ireland fanzine at Titanic slipways in Belfast for Northern Ireland's crucial Euro 2016 clash against World Champions Germany in Paris. Photo by Peter Morrison/Belfast Telegraph
Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Northern Ireland fans (left to right)Joanne King, Tanya Naycott and Helena Mateer at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast before they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Fans showing their support at the Titanic Fanzone, Belfast as they watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
Press Eye - Northern Ireland - 21st June 2016 Northern Ireland fans gather in the Fanzone at the Titanic Quarter to watch Northern Ireland face Germany. Picture: Philip Magowan / PressEye
GAWA fans enjoying the warm up to the kick off at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the warm up to the kick off at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast, UK - February 12 , Pictured is fans during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland in the Euros on February 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Northern Ireland fans whilst watching the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match between Northern Ireland and Poland at the Titanic Museum, Belfast. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 12th June 2015 Northern Ireland v Poland Fan Zone Titanic Belfast GAWA Fans enjoying the warm up too the kick off.
GAWA fans enjoying the warm up to the kick off at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the warm up to the kick off at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the warm up to the kick off at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the warm up to the kick off at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the warm up to the kick off at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the warm up to the kick off at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the warm up to the kick off at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the warm up to the kick off at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the warm up to the kick off at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the warm up to the kick off at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the warm up to the kick off at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 12th June 2015 Northern Ireland v Poland Fan Zone Titanic Belfast GAWA Fans enjoying the warm up too the kick off.
GAWA fans enjoying the excitment at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the excitment at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the excitment at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the excitment at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Sunday 12th June 2015 Northern Ireland v Poland Fan Zone Titanic Belfast GAWA Fans enjoying the warm up too the kick off.
GAWA fans enjoying the excitment at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the excitment at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the excitement at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
GAWA fans enjoying the excitement at the Fan Zone Titanic, Belfast. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye Belfast, UK - February 12 , Pictured is fans during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland in the Euros on February 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Northern Ireland fans whilst watching the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match between Northern Ireland and Poland at the Titanic. Belfast. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Emily Gray during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland in the Euros on February 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Northern Ireland fans whilst watching the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match between Northern Ireland and Poland at the Titanic Museum, Belfast. Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Fans during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Fans during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)Fans during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Fans during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland in the Euros on February 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Fans during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Fans during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland in the Euros on February 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Fans during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland in the Euros on February 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Fans during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland in the Euros on February 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Fans during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland in the Euros on February 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Fans during the Northern Ireland fan zone in association with Vauxhall held at the Titanic Slipways as Northern Ireland take on Poland in the Euros on February 12, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Presseye.com/Northern Ireland -16th June 2016 Photograph: Stephen Hamilton Northern Ireland supporters pictured at the fan zone at Titanic in Belfast with Northern Ireland branded Belfast Telegraph supporters packs. Holly McAllister with daughters Eva and Ruby

Ecstatic fans partied into the night in Paris and back home in Northern Ireland after our football heroes progressed to the next round of Euro 2016.

Celebrations erupted in the French capital late last night after qualification was secured.

It is a remarkable achievement against the odds by Michael O'Neill's side. Their last-16 opponents will be confirmed this evening, with either hosts France or Wales lying in wait.

Whatever happens now, progressing from the group stage has created a team of legends.

Northern Ireland defied predictions, progressing despite a 1-0 defeat in their final group game against Germany.

Golf star Rory McIlroy was among the 48,000-strong crowd at the match and led the messages of congratulations. He tweeted simply: "Last 16!!!"

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness was also there.

Thousands of fans have followed the team's journey through France, and now face a scramble for tickets for the last 16 fixture, which will be staged in Paris against the Welsh, or back in Lyon against France.

The latter was the scene of the glorious 2-0 win over Ukraine, which helped take Northern Ireland through to the next round.

A jubilant Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis called getting out of the group "huge".

Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Pacemaker Press 25/6/2016 Northern Ireland v Wales EURO 2016 Final 16 Northern Ireland Fans during this evening's game at Parc De Princes in Paris. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 25/6/2016 Northern Ireland v Wales EURO 2016 Final 16 Northern Ireland Fans during this evening's game at Parc De Princes in Paris. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Northern Ireland fans apply facepaint outside the stadium, as Wales fans walk behind them, prior to the round of 16 match at the Parc de Princes, Paris. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris.
Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris.
Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 25th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland's fans at todays game against Wales in the last 16 of the Euro 2016 tournament at the Parc des Princes, Paris.
Northern Ireland fan Justin Turner ready to support his side against Wales during Saturdays Round of 16 EURO 2016 match at the Parc des Princes, Paris . Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Northern Ireland fans ready to support side against Wales during Saturdays Round of 16 EURO 2016 match at the Parc des Princes, Paris . Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Northern Ireland suporters in the stands show their support ahead of the round of 16 match at the Parc de Princes, Paris. Owen Humphreys/PA Wire.
Northern Ireland fans enjoy the atmosphere outside the stadium prior to the round of 16 match at the Parc de Princes, Paris. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
Northern Ireland fans wave a flag outside a bar prior to the round of 16 match at the Parc de Princes, Paris. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
A Northern Ireland fan in facepaint prior to the round of 16 match at the Parc de Princes, Paris. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
OLBIA, ITALY - JUNE 25: Darren Clarke and Amy Boulden pose with the flags of Northern Ireland and of Wales during The Costa Smeralda Invitational golf tournament at Pevero Golf Club - Costa Smeralda on June 25, 2016 in Olbia, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images for Professional Sports Group )
Northern Ireland golfer Rory McIlroy in the stands during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Des Princes, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
Northern Ireland fans pose for a selfie in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Des Princes, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Helen McConnell and daughter Lottie, wife and daughter of Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Des Princes, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Helen McConnell and daughter Lottie, wife and daughter of Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Des Princes, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Helen McConnell and daughter Lottie, wife and daughter of Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Des Princes, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Vanessa Chung, wife of Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Des Princes, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Juneve Lamont, wife of Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Des Princes, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Northern Ireland fans show their support in the stands during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Des Princes, Paris. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
Northern Ireland fans show their support in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Des Princes, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Northern Ireland legend Gerry Armstrong greets the fans beside the pitch before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Des Princes, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Northern Ireland fans cross the Lagan Weir Foot Bridge in Belfast, enroute to the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Northern Ireland fans cross the Lagan Weir Foot Bridge in Belfast, enroute to the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Northern Ireland fans cross the Lagan Weir Foot Bridge in Belfast, enroute to the Titanic Fanzone to watch Northern Ireland V Germany in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
A young Northern Ireland fan cheers on his side in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Des Princes, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday June 21, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Mike Egerton/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. Book and magazine sales permitted providing not solely devoted to any one team/player/match. No commercial use. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Northern Ireland fans in Paris where Northern Ireland will play their final Euro 2016 group game against Germany at the Parc des Princes.
Northern Ireland fan Neil Armstrong from Ballymena in Paris where Northern Ireland will play their final Euro 2016 group game against Germany at the Parc des Princes.
Northern Ireland fans in Paris where Northern Ireland will play their final Euro 2016 group game against Germany at the Parc des Princes.
Northern Ireland fans Robert McCreadie, Aaron Baxter, Craig Baxter and Farquhar in Paris where Northern Ireland will play their final Euro 2016 group game against Germany at the Parc des Princes.
Northern Ireland fan Aaron Baxter from Newry in Paris where Northern Ireland will play their final Euro 2016 group game against Germany at the Parc des Princes.
Northern Ireland fans Ivan Thompson and John Tilson in Paris where Northern Ireland will play their final Euro 2016 group game against Germany at the Parc des Princes.
Northern Ireland fans Neil Melville and Colin Maxwell in Paris where Northern Ireland will play their final Euro 2016 group game against Germany at the Parc des Princes.
Northern Ireland fans in Paris where Northern Ireland will play their final Euro 2016 group game against Germany at the Parc des Princes.
Northern Ireland fans Alison and Chris McHenry in Paris where Northern Ireland will play their final Euro 2016 group game against Germany at the Parc des Princes.
Northern Ireland fans in Paris where Northern Ireland will play their final Euro 2016 group game against Germany at the Parc des Princes.
Jimmy Nesbitt parties with Darren Ryles and friends in Lyon
Jimmy Nesbitt parties with Darren Ryles and friends in Lyon
Jimmy Nesbitt parties with Darren Ryles and friends in Lyon
Northern Ireland fans party with Jimmy Nesbitt in France
Northern Ireland fans in France
Northern Ireland fans in France
Northern Ireland fans in France
Northern Ireland fans in France
Northern Ireland fans in France
Northern Ireland fans in France
Northern Ireland fans in France
Northern Ireland fans in France
Jimmy Nesbitt mingles among fans in Lyon. Credit: Green and White Army Caravan in France
Belfast Telegraph journalists Adrian Rutherford and Claire Williamson (right) with Claire Graham.
Northern Ireland football fans descend upon Place Antonin Poncet, adjacent to the fan zone in Lyon, France.
Steven Mawhinney, from Dromore, and friends with Cool FM presenters Pete Snodden and Rebecca McKinney
Steven Mawhinney, from Dromore, with Cool FM presenter Pete Snodden
Steven Mawhinney, from Dromore, in France for the Euro finals
Andrew Kerr (Articlave), Jonno McCaughan (Coleraine), Roger Woodend (New Jersey, USA)
Philip Whyte (42), from South Belfast, and friends stand in front of the Poland team bus
Colin Murray poses with fans in France during the Euros
Mark Hunter (left) from Coleraine who now lives in Vancouver and Matt Livingstone from Coleraine who now lives in London at the Northern Ireland v Poland game on Sunday
Ballyclare man Jonny Lindsay with Jimmy Nesbitt.
Rob Latimer (34) from Dunadry bumps into James Nesbitt in Nice after Northern Ireland v Poland.
Sir Alex Ferguson (centre) in the stands during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Stade de Nice, Nice. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
Pat Jennings (centre) in the stands during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Stade de Nice, Nice. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
Kate Hoey shows her support in the stands during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Stade de Nice, Nice. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
First Minister Arlene Foster with IFA President Jim Shaw and IFA Chief Executive Patrick Nelson at Poland V Northern Ireland in Nice, France. Photo by Press Eye
Northern Ireland's players pose ahead of the Euro 2016 group C football match between Poland and Northern Ireland at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice. / AFP PHOTO / TOBIAS SCHWARZTOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP/Getty Images
Northern Ireland fans during Sundays Euro 2016, Group C match against Poland at the Stade de Nice, France.
Michael O'Neill manager of Northern Ireland looks on prior to the UEFA EURO 2016 Group C match between Poland and Northern Ireland at Allianz Riviera Stadium. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland fans show their support in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Stade de Nice, Nice.
Northern Ireland's Steven Davis (centre) during the warm-up before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Stade de Nice, Nice.
Northern Ireland fans during Sundays Euro 2016, Group C match against Poland at the Stade de Nice, France.
Northern Ireland fans in the stands during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Stade de Nice, Nice.
A Northern Ireland fan shows her support in the stands before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Stade de Nice, Nice.
Northern Ireland v Poland Euro 2016 Group C Northern Ireland Fans From L-R Graeme Hamilton, Conor Munn, Scott Robinson and Luke McCreery at this afternoons Euro 2016 International at the Allianz stadium in Nice on Sunday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Northern Ireland v Poland Euro 2016 Group C Northern Ireland Fans Graeme Hamilton, Conor Munn, Scott Robinson and Luke McCreery with Polish fans at this afternoons Euro 2016 International at the Allianz stadium in Nice on Sunday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Northern Ireland v Poland Euro 2016 Group C Northern Ireland Fans Graeme Hamilton, Conor Munn, Scott Robinson and Luke McCreery get a selfie with Polish Fans at this afternoons Euro 2016 International at the Allianz stadium in Nice on Sunday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
First Minister Arlene Foster joins Northern Ireland fans in Nice ahead of their opening Euro 2016 game against Poland on Sunday.
Northern Ireland v Poland Euro 2016 Group C Northern Ireland Fans David , Stuart and Colin Bell at this afternoons Euro 2016 International at the Allianz stadium in Nice on Sunday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
First Minister Arlene Foster joins Northern Ireland fans in Nice ahead of their opening Euro 2016 game against Poland on Sunday.
First Minister Arlene Foster joins Northern Ireland fans in Nice ahead of their opening Euro 2016 game against Poland on Sunday.
First Minister Arlene Foster joins Northern Ireland fans in Nice ahead of their opening Euro 2016 game against Poland on Sunday.
Mark Jones and son Jack in Nice with Carl Frampton
Carl Frampton with fellow Northern Ireland fan James Tait in Nice
Northern Ireland supporter and Groom Stuart Stockman (second left) outside the Ma Nolan's Irish pub in Nice, France ahead of his team's opening match against Poland in Euro 2016. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 11, 2016. See PA story SPORT Euro2016 StagNI. Photo credit should read: Michael McHugh/PA Wire
Northern Ireland supporters enjoying the sights of Nice, France ahead of the team's opening match against Poland in Euro 2016.
Northern Ireland fans appear on the balcony of their hotel on the seafront near Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France. PA
Northern Ireland fans are joined by a Polish football fan as they arrive on the seafront near Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France. PA
Northern Ireland fans appear on the balcony of their hotel on the seafront near Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France. PA
Northern Ireland fans appear on the balcony of their hotel on the seafront near Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France. PA
Northern Ireland fans arrive on the seafront near Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France. PA
Northern Ireland fans arrive on the beach near Promenade des Anglais, Nice, France. PA
Northern Ireland fans Chris Geoghegan and Richard McKnight from Belfast bump into Gary Lineker in France.
Philip Wright on tour with the Green and White army. They left on a 6am flight to Nice.
Ballymacash Northern Ireland supporter's club head off to France. Pic: Andrew Clarke
David Johnston and fellow Northern Ireland fans head off to France.
Crawford McCullough's 'mancave' in Bangor Co Down.
Northern Ireland flags flying in France. Picture: Dennis Russell
Adam Topping (33) from Scarva Northern Ireland in St Raphael. He has tickets all the way to the final so will not be home until July 11.
A Northern Ireland fan samples some ice cream in Lyon, France. Thursday June 9, 2016. PA
Colin Porter passing the time before he heads to Nice. Pic: Gary Porter
Home for Bedfordshire based Dave Price and his pals for the next two weeks at least
Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland fans on their way to France for Euro 2016. Pic: Gregg Clarke.
Northern Ireland fans Eddie McCullough and Ian Thompson pictured at the boulangerie in Georges de Reneins, France ahead of the opening Euro 2016 game against Poland in Lyon on Sunday. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 09th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland Fan Ian Thompson from Ballymena travel threw St Georges de Reneines in a camper van, on the way to Nice as N Ireland face Poland in their opening match on Sunday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Northern Ireland Fans Ian Thompson from Ballymena travel through St Georges de Reneines in a camper van, on the way to Nice as N Ireland face Poland in their opening match on Sunday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Northern Ireland Fans Ian Thompson, George McFall , Russell Bridgett , Darren McDonald and Eddie McCullough from Ballymena travel through St Georges de Reneines in a camper van, on the way to Nice as N Ireland face Poland in their opening match on Sunday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
A Local meets with Northern Ireland Fans Ian Thompson, George McFall , Russell Bridgett , Darren McDonald and Eddie McCullough from Ballymena travel threw St Georges de Reneines in a camper van, on the way to Nice as N Ireland face Poland in their opening match on Sunday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland fans on their way to France for Euro 2016. Pic: Gregg Clarke.
Northern Ireland Fans Ian Thompson, George McFall , Russell Bridgett , Darren McDonald and Eddie McCullough from Ballymena travel through St Georges de Reneines in a camper van, on the way to Nice as N Ireland face Poland in their opening match on Sunday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland fans on their way to France for Euro 2016. Pic: Gregg Clarke.
Northern Ireland Fan Russell Bridgett from Ballymena travelling through St Georges de Reneines in a camper van, on the way to Nice as N Ireland face Poland in their opening match on Sunday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Northern Ireland Fans Ian Thompson, George McFall , Russell Bridgett , Darren McDonald and Eddie McCullough from Ballymena travel through St Georges de Reneines in a camper van, on the way to Nice as N Ireland face Poland in their opening match on Sunday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Northern Ireland Fans Ian Thompson, George McFall , Russell Bridgett , Darren McDonald and Eddie McCullough from Ballymena travel through St Georges de Reneines in a camper van, on the way to Nice as N Ireland face Poland in their opening match on Sunday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Northern Ireland fans Eddie McCullough, George McFall, Ian Thompson and Russell Bridgett pictured in Georges de Reneins, France ahead of their opening Euro 2016 game against Poland on Sunday. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 09th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland fans Eddie McCullough, George McFall, Ian Thompson, Darren McDonald and Russell Bridgett pictured in Georges de Reneins, France ahead of their opening Euro 2016 game against Poland on Sunday. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 09th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Local family and now Northern Ireland fans pictured in Georges de Reneins, France ahead of the opening Euro 2016 game against Poland in Lyon on Sunday. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 09th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
The boulangerie in Georges de Reneins, France with its window decorated ahead of the opening Euro 2016 game against Poland in Lyon on Sunday. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 09th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland fans Eddie McCullough, George McFall, Ian Thompson and Russell Bridgett pictured in Georges de Reneins, France ahead of their opening Euro 2016 game against Poland on Sunday. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 09th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland fans Eddie McCullough, George McFall, Ian Thompson, Darren McDonald and Russell Bridgett pictured in Georges de Reneins, France ahead of their opening Euro 2016 game against Poland on Sunday. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 09th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Local family and now Northern Ireland fans pictured in Georges de Reneins, France ahead of the opening Euro 2016 game against Poland in Lyon on Sunday. Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 09th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry
Northern Ireland Fans Ian Thompson, George McFall , Russell Bridgett , Darren McDonald and Eddie McCullough from Ballymena travel through St Georges de Reneines in a camper van, on the way to Nice as N Ireland face Poland in their opening match on Sunday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Northern Ireland FanRussell Bridgett from Ballymena travel through St Georges de Reneines in a camper van, on the way to Nice as N Ireland face Poland in their opening match on Sunday. Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

He said: "Coming into the tournament, that's your ambition, and we were under no illusions about how difficult that was going to be.

"It's proved to be that way. We have had three very tough games. As far as our performances go, the way we have played, we can't have regrets."

Manager Michael O'Neill said it was "surreal". "I'm not sure it's really sunk in yet, but it's a fantastic achievement," he added.

"Over the three games, we deserve to be in the last 16. What we went through tonight will prepare us for anything in the next round, and our players will be ready."

Northern Ireland sneaked through with three points, last night's 1-0 defeat to the Germans proving academic as Turkey's win over the Czech Republic saw them progress as one of the four best third-placed teams.

An inspired performance from goalkeeper Michael McGovern helped keep the Germans at bay.

The score was crucial because it ensured Northern Ireland finished with a better goal difference than their rivals. The Fermanagh man hailed it as the greatest night of his career, stating: "I really enjoyed it, I enjoyed the challenge and I enjoyed the other two games as well and the tournament has been even more than what I could have imaged."

McGovern's family watched proudly from the stands of the Parc des Princes stadium. "It was a very proud moment to have them there," he added.

"My wife and wee boy (Ciaran) were there and my mum and dad, sister and brothers.

"It was great... I briefly spoke to them on the phone and they are all absolutely ecstatic.

"I have a wee girl (Megan), but she's six weeks old and she didn't make it as it would have been too noisy."

Sports Minister Paul Givan praised the team's performance. Speaking from Paris, he said: "Despite the result, the team can be proud of the display they put in against the world champions.

"Particular praise must go to Michael McGovern, who had one of the best goalkeeping performances of the tournament. Again the Green and White Army cheered the team on. They have been fantastic ambassadors."

Belfast Telegraph

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