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Northern Ireland v Germany: Win, lose or draw, the connotations for Michael O'Neill and the Green and White Army at Euro 2016

Published 21/06/2016

Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty during training on Monday evening, ahead of Northern Ireland's last EURO 2016 Group C match against Germany at Parc des Princes on Tuesday. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker.
Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty during training on Monday evening, ahead of Northern Ireland's last EURO 2016 Group C match against Germany at Parc des Princes on Tuesday. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland players pictured during their training session at the Parc des Princes in Paris ahead of their final Euro 2016 group game against Germany.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland players pictured during their training session at the Parc des Princes in Paris ahead of their final Euro 2016 group game against Germany.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill pictured during their training session at the Parc des Princes in Paris ahead of their final Euro 2016 group game against Germany.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill pictured during their training session at the Parc des Princes in Paris ahead of their final Euro 2016 group game against Germany.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill pictured during their training session at the Parc des Princes in Paris ahead of their final Euro 2016 group game against Germany.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland's Josh Magennis and Jamie Ward share a moment during their training session at the Parc des Princes in Paris ahead of their final Euro 2016 game against Germany.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland's Oliver Norwood pictured during their training session at the Parc des Princes in Paris ahead of their final Euro 2016 game against Germany.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland's Oliver Norwood pictured during their training session at the Parc des Princes in Paris ahead of their final Euro 2016 game against Germany.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland players pictured during their training session at the Parc des Princes in Paris ahead of their final Euro 2016 group game against Germany.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty pictured during their training session at the Parc des Princes in Paris ahead of their final Euro 2016 game against Germany.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland's Josh Magennis and Jamie Ward share a moment during their training session at the Parc des Princes in Paris ahead of their final Euro 2016 game against Germany.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill pictured during their training session at the Parc des Princes in Paris ahead of their final Euro 2016 group game against Germany.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland's Jamie Ward and Conor Washington pictured during their training session at the Parc des Princes in Paris ahead of their final Euro 2016 game against Germany.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans and Josh Magennis pictured during their training session at the Parc des Princes in Paris ahead of their final Euro 2016 game against Germany.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland's Steven Davis and Chris Baird pictured during their training session at the Parc des Princes in Paris ahead of their final Euro 2016 game against Germany.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland's Jamie Ward pictured during their training session at the Parc des Princes in Paris ahead of their final Euro 2016 game against Germany.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty and Stuart Dallas pictured during their training session at the Parc des Princes in Paris ahead of their final Euro 2016 game against Germany.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans pictured during their training session at the Parc des Princes in Paris ahead of their final Euro 2016 game against Germany.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland's Josh Magennis and Jamie Ward pictured during their training session at the Parc des Princes in Paris ahead of their final Euro 2016 game against Germany.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland's Josh Magennis pictured during their training session at the Parc des Princes in Paris ahead of their final Euro 2016 game against Germany.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland's Aaron Hughes, Niall McGinn and Conor McLaughlin pictured during their training session at the Parc des Princes in Paris ahead of their final Euro 2016 game against Germany.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland's Josh Magennis, Will Grigg and Steven Davis pictured during their training session at the Parc des Princes in Paris ahead of their final Euro 2016 game against Germany.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland's Steven Davis and Chris Baird pictured during their training session at the Parc des Princes in Paris ahead of their final Euro 2016 game against Germany.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland's Steven Davis and Chris Baird pictured during their training session at the Parc des Princes in Paris ahead of their final Euro 2016 game against Germany.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland's Steven Davis pictured during their training session at the Parc des Princes in Paris ahead of their final Euro 2016 game against Germany.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland's Gareth McAuley pictured during their training session at the Parc des Princes in Paris ahead of their final Euro 2016 game against Germany.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland's Josh Magennis pictured during their training session at the Parc des Princes in Paris ahead of their final Euro 2016 game against Germany.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas pictured during their training session at the Parc des Princes in Paris ahead of their final Euro 2016 game against Germany.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans pictured during their training session at the Parc des Princes in Paris ahead of their final Euro 2016 game against Germany.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 20th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland's Josh Magennis pictured during their training session at the Parc des Princes in Paris ahead of their final Euro 2016 game against Germany.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/6/2016 Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty and Stuart Dallas during training on Monday evening ,ahead of Northern Ireland's last EURO 2016 Group C match against Germany at Parc des Princes on Tuesday. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/6/2016 Northern Ireland Manager Manager Michael O'Neill during training on Monday evening ,ahead of Northern Ireland's last EURO 2016 Group C match against Germany at Parc des Princes on Tuesday. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/6/2016 Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty during training on Monday evening ,ahead of Northern Ireland's last EURO 2016 Group C match against Germany at Parc des Princes on Tuesday. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/6/2016 Northern Ireland's Steven Davis and Will Grigg during training on Monday evening ,ahead of Northern Ireland's last EURO 2016 Group C match against Germany at Parc des Princes on Tuesday. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/6/2016 Northern Ireland Manager Manager Michael O'Neill during training on Monday evening ,ahead of Northern Ireland's last EURO 2016 Group C match against Germany at Parc des Princes on Tuesday. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/6/2016 Northern Ireland's Steven Davis during training on Monday evening ,ahead of Northern Ireland's last EURO 2016 Group C match against Germany at Parc des Princes on Tuesday. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/6/2016 Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty and Conor Washington during training on Monday evening ,ahead of Northern Ireland's last EURO 2016 Group C match against Germany at Parc des Princes on Tuesday. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/6/2016 Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty during training on Monday evening ,ahead of Northern Ireland's last EURO 2016 Group C match against Germany at Parc des Princes on Tuesday. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/6/2016 Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty and Conor Washington during training on Monday evening ,ahead of Northern Ireland's last EURO 2016 Group C match against Germany at Parc des Princes on Tuesday. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/6/2016 Northern Ireland's Steven Davis during training on Monday evening ,ahead of Northern Ireland's last EURO 2016 Group C match against Germany at Parc des Princes on Tuesday. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/6/2016 Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty during training on Monday evening ,ahead of Northern Ireland's last EURO 2016 Group C match against Germany at Parc des Princes on Tuesday. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/6/2016 Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans, Kyle Lafferty and Conor McLaughlin during training on Monday evening ,ahead of Northern Ireland's last EURO 2016 Group C match against Germany at Parc des Princes on Tuesday. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/6/2016 Northern Ireland Manager Manager Michael O'Neill during training on Monday evening ,ahead of Northern Ireland's last EURO 2016 Group C match against Germany at Parc des Princes on Tuesday. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/6/2016 Northern Ireland Manager Manager Michael O'Neill during training on Monday evening ,ahead of Northern Ireland's last EURO 2016 Group C match against Germany at Parc des Princes on Tuesday. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/6/2016 Northern Ireland's Luke McCullough during training on Monday evening ,ahead of Northern Ireland's last EURO 2016 Group C match against Germany at Parc des Princes on Tuesday. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/6/2016 Northern Ireland's Conor Washington during training on Monday evening ,ahead of Northern Ireland's last EURO 2016 Group C match against Germany at Parc des Princes on Tuesday. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/6/2016 Northern Ireland's Oliver Norwood during training on Monday evening ,ahead of Northern Ireland's last EURO 2016 Group C match against Germany at Parc des Princes on Tuesday. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/6/2016 Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas during training on Monday evening ,ahead of Northern Ireland's last EURO 2016 Group C match against Germany at Parc des Princes on Tuesday. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/6/2016 Northern Ireland's Jamie Ward and Josh Magennis during training on Monday evening ,ahead of Northern Ireland's last EURO 2016 Group C match against Germany at Parc des Princes on Tuesday. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/6/2016 Northern Ireland's Jamie Ward during training on Monday evening ,ahead of Northern Ireland's last EURO 2016 Group C match against Germany at Parc des Princes on Tuesday. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/6/2016 Northern Ireland's Conor Washington during training on Monday evening ,ahead of Northern Ireland's last EURO 2016 Group C match against Germany at Parc des Princes on Tuesday. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/6/2016 Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty during training on Monday evening ,ahead of Northern Ireland's last EURO 2016 Group C match against Germany at Parc des Princes on Tuesday. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/6/2016 Northern Ireland's Jamie Ward and Conor Washington during training on Monday evening ,ahead of Northern Ireland's last EURO 2016 Group C match against Germany at Parc des Princes on Tuesday. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/6/2016 Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans during training on Monday evening ,ahead of Northern Ireland's last EURO 2016 Group C match against Germany at Parc des Princes on Tuesday. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/6/2016 Northern Ireland's Craig Cathcart during training on Monday evening ,ahead of Northern Ireland's last EURO 2016 Group C match against Germany at Parc des Princes on Tuesday. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/6/2016 Northern Ireland's Gareth McAuley and Patrick McNair during training on Monday evening ,ahead of Northern Ireland's last EURO 2016 Group C match against Germany at Parc des Princes on Tuesday. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/6/2016 Northern Ireland's Craig Cathcart during training on Monday evening ,ahead of Northern Ireland's last EURO 2016 Group C match against Germany at Parc des Princes on Tuesday. Picture Colm Lenaghan/ Pacemaker.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill talks to his squad during Wednesday evenings training session at the Stade de Lyon, France ahead of their second Euro 2016 game against Ukraine on Thursday.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 15th June 2016 - Photo by William Cherry Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill pictured during Wednesday evenings training session at the Stade de Lyon, France ahead of their second Euro 2016 game against Ukraine on Thursday.
Pacemaker Press 14 /6/2016 Northern Ireland Manager Michael O'Neill watches Will Grigg during training at St Georges-de-Reneines near Lyon, on the run up to the game against Ukraine at Parc Olympique Lyonnais on Thursday, in the Euro 2016 tournament in France Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker
Pacemaker Press 14 /6/2016 Northern Ireland Manager Manager Michael O'Neill during training at St Georges-de-Reneines near Lyon, on the run up to the game against Ukraine at Parc Olympique Lyonnais on Thursday, in the Euro 2016 tournament in France Pic Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker

Given the extended nature of this year's Euro 2016 tournament, it's not all cut and dry and Northern Ireland stand a good chance of progressing even if they finish third in their group.

The state of play...

Northern Ireland win: If Michael O’Neill’s men stun the Germans they would top the group with six points unless Poland inflict a third defeat on Ukraine to finish on seven. Winning Group C would set up a meeting with one of the best-performing third-placed teams — probably Slovakia — while finishing second to Poland would see mean a meeting with Group A runners-up Switzerland.

A draw: Regardless of the result between Ukraine and Poland, this would see Northern Ireland finish third with four points and needing to have performed better than at least two of the other third-placed teams in order to remain in the tournament. Provided the record meant they were one of the four best third-placed sides, they would play a group winner in the last 16 — most likely Group A winners France.

Germany win: Even a defeat to Germany can’t stop Northern Ireland finishing third. With just three points to their name, progression to the knock-out phase would require two of the other five third-placed teams to finish with an inferior overall record. A 1-0 or 2-0 defeat would still would still give Northern Ireland a better record than Albania.

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