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Northern Ireland fans' reaction: We're still daring to dream

By Ian Cahoon

Published 17/06/2016

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

Jubilant Northern Ireland fans were queuing up to sing the praises of Michael O'Neill and their heroes last night.

Almost 16,000 members of the Green and White Army were at the Stade de Lyon to see history created as O'Neill's men won their first-ever European Championship match.

The disappointment of defeat to Poland in the Group C opener seemed like a distant memory for the sea of green pouring out into streets in the rain.

James Montgomery summed up the mood of those heading back into the city to celebrate.

He said: "This makes it all worthwhile.

"Months of planning, the money we spent to get here and the money we've spent since getting here, just to see something like that and be part of it. Incredible.

"We were full value for the win as well, there's no doubt about it. The reaction of people afterwards told you everything, there were people in tears.

"We've waited for so long for this, so let's make the most of it."

Ahead of the match there were more than a few eyebrows raised in the stands when news of O'Neill's bold team selection began to filter through.

The manager made five changes from his opening line-up and some fans were concerned before kick-off.

Northern Ireland fans celebrate after the final whistle of the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
Northern Ireland fans celebrate after the final whistle of the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
Jimmy Nesbitt mingles among fans in Lyon. Credit: Green and White Army Caravan in France
Northern Ireland's Niall McGinn celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/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's Jonny Evans celebrates with his daughter Lottie after the final whistle of the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 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.
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Northern Ireland fans show support for their team in the stands during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/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.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland fans during Thursdays second Euro 2016 game against Ukraine at the Stade de Lyon, France.
Politician Kate Hoey in the stands during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 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.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 16th June 2016 Northern Ireland Executive Ministers Paul Givan, left, and Simon Hamilton, right, join fans during Thursday's Group C Euro 2016between Northern Ireland and Ukraine at the Stade de Lyon in France. Picture by Brian Little / Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 16th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland fans during Thursdays second Euro 2016 game against Ukraine at the Stade de Lyon, France.
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

"When you don't see Kyle Lafferty in the starting line-up then you begin to panic," said Andy Rodgers from Belfast.

"He's been the main man for a while now but Conor Washington was superb up front and did the work of three strikers.

"Every other change Michael made could be justified as well. Aaron Hughes was as solid as a rock.

"He's proven himself time after time to be an astute manager and he got it spot-on once again."

Stephen Kennedy was glad to be there to celebrate a bit of history with his family.

"This was my first match of the tournament," he said.

"I'm with my brother and my Dad who was in Spain in '82. It was amazing to stand with him 34 years later at another historic Northern Ireland win.

"To qualify was enough in itself, but then to score and win was incredible. The win also puts us in a great position to go further regardless of our result against Germany."

The victory now means Northern Ireland are in a great position to make the second round.

Northern Ireland's Niall McGinn celebrates scoring his sides second goal of the match during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
Northern Ireland's Niall McGinn celebrates scoring his sides second goal of the match during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
Northern Ireland's Gareth McAuley celebrates after the final whistle of the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 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 manager Michael O'Neill celebrates after Niall McGinn (not in picture) scores his side's second goal of the game during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/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's Gareth McAuley celebrates after the final whistle of the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 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's Corry Evans (left), Niall McGinn (centre) and Stuart Dallas celebrate after the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/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.
Ukraine's Andrei Pyatov walks off dejected after the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/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's Steven Davis applauds the fans after the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/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's Gareth McAuley and Northern Ireland's Conor Washington celebrate after the final whistle of the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 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's Steven Davis celebrates after the final whistle of the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 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 goalkeeper Michael McGovern consoles Ukraine's Vyacheslav Shevchuk after the final whistle of the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 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's Jonny Evans celebrates after the final whistle of the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 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 goalkeeper Michael McGovern and Northern Ireland's Gareth McAuley celebrate after the final whistle of the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 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's Jonny Evans celebrates after the final whistle of the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 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's Steven Davis (second left), Gareth McAuley (left), Oliver Norwood (second right) and Aaron Hughes celebrate after the final whistle during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/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's Niall McGinn celebrates scoring his sides second goal of the match during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon.
Northern Ireland fans celebrate in the stands as the players acknowledge them during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/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 celebrate at the end of the match in 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's Niall McGinn celebrates scoring his sides second goal of the match during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 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 celebrate at the end of the match in 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 at the end of the match in 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's Niall McGinn celebrates with team mates after scoring his sides second goal of the match during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 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's Niall McGinn celebrates with team mates after scoring his sides second goal of the match during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 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's Niall McGinn celebrates with team mates after scoring his sides second goal of the match during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
Northern Ireland's Niall McGinn celebrates with team mates after scoring his sides second goal of the match during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. Photo credit should read: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.
Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill celebrates after Niall McGinn (not in picture) scores his side's second goal of the game during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/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's Niall McGinn celebrates scoring his sides second goal of the match during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 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 celebrate at the end of the match in 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 in the stands as the players acknowledge them during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/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's Steven Davis (second left), Gareth McAuley (left), Oliver Norwood (second right) and Aaron Hughes celebrate after the final whistle during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/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's Jonny Evans celebrates after the final whistle of the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 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's Jonny Evans celebrates after the final whistle of the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 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 goalkeeper Michael McGovern and Northern Ireland's Gareth McAuley celebrate after the final whistle of the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 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's Gareth McAuley celebrates scoring his sides first goal of the match with team mates during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 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.
Ukraine's Yevhen Konoplyanka (right) in action during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 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.
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 10th June 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Northern Ireland Gareth McAuley celebrates scoring a goal with Conor Washingtonagainst Ukraine during Thursday's Group C EURO 2016 match at the Stade de Lyon. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 10th June 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Northern Ireland Gareth McAuley scores a goal with a header against Ukraine during Thursday's Group C EURO 2016 match at the Stade de Lyon. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 10th June 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Northern Ireland Gareth McAuley celebrates scoring a goal with Conor Washingtonagainst Ukraine during Thursday's Group C EURO 2016 match at the Stade de Lyon. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 10th June 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Northern Ireland Gareth McAuley celebrates scoring a goal with Conor Washingtonagainst Ukraine during Thursday's Group C EURO 2016 match at the Stade de Lyon. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
Northern Ireland's Gareth McAuley (centre) celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/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.
Hail on the pitch during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/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's Johnny Evans (left), Craig Cathcart (centre) and Gareth McAuley return to the pitch after bad weather briefly stopped play during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/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's Gareth McAuley is mobbed by team-mates after scoring his side's first goal of the game during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/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.
Hail stones fall during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 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.
Ukraine's Serhiy Sydorchuk is show the yellow card by referee Pavel Kralovec during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 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's Paddy McNair comes on to replace Stuart Dallas (right) during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/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's Conor Washington shakes hands with Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill as he is substituted off during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 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.
Ukraine's Vyacheslav Shevchuk makes an attempt on goal which is saved by Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 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's Stuart Dallas (right) fouls Ukraine's Yevhen Konoplyanka during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/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's Kyle Lafferty (left) and Northern Ireland's Shane Ferguson (right) before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/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's Conor Washington (left) and Ukraine's Artem Fedetskyi (right) battle for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/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's Corry Evans and Ukraine's Yevhen Konoplyanka battle for the ball in the air during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 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's Jamie Ward and Ukraine's Vyacheslav Shevchuk battle for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 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 manager Michael O'Neill gestures on the touchline during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/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's Jamie Ward (left) and Ukraine's Vyacheslav Shevchuk (right) battle for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 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's Craig Cathcart rues a missed chance during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 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 manager Michael O'Neill on the touchline during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 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 manager Michael O'Neill gestures on the touchline during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 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 Team Group. Top Row (left to right) Craig Cathcart, Michael McGovern, Gareth McAuley, Jonny Evans, Aaron Hughes and Stuart Dallas. Bottom Row (left to right) Conor Washington, Corry Evans, Steven Davis, Oliver Norwood and Jamie Ward during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 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's Craig Cathcart (left) and Ukraine's Viktor Kovalenko (right) battle for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 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's Steven Davis (left) and Ukraine's Serhiy Sydorchuk (right) battle for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 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.
Ukraine players pose for a team photograph before the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/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.
A minutes applause takes place in honour of Northern Ireland fan Darren Rogers who died after falling from a promenade in Nice during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 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 goalkeeper Michael McGovern during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 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 goalkeeper Michael McGovern during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 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's Gareth McAuley (left) and Ukraine's Yevhen Khacheridi battle for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/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's Craig Cathcart makes an attempt at goal during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group C match at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 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.
England's Dele Alli is tackled by Wales' Ashley Williams and James Chester during the UEFA Euro 2016, Group B match at the Stade Felix Bollaert-Delelis, Lens. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday June 16, 2016. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/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.

Some fans have already turned their attention to making a quick trip back to France.

"The second goal going in could be huge for us when the best third-placed teams are being decided," said Johnny Gray.

"Barring a hammering against Germany I'd say we can take one of those spots. I know some guys who haven't booked a flight home yet, but I think most will go home and come back if we make it."

But the euphoria of the victory was tempered last night as news came through of a Northern Ireland fan who died during the match.

Belfast Telegraph

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