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We've done it! Hail Northern Ireland's history boys as Euro 2016 dream comes true

By Steven Beacom

Northern Ireland are on their way to France and the Euro 2016 finals thanks to a sensational 3-1 victory over Greece which sparked incredible scenes of celebration at a packed Windsor Park and all around the country.

Captain marvel Steven Davis scored twice and Josh Magenniss, playing up front instead of the suspended Kyle Lafferty, was also on target as Michael O'Neill's side produced a stunning performance to qualify with one game left in the Group F campaign.

It is the first time that Northern Ireland have ever reached the European Championship finals and only the fourth time the nation has reached a major tournament, having previously played in the 1958, 1982 and 1986 World Cup finals.

On a glorious and highly emotional night for manager, players and fans alike, jubilant O'Neill, the inspiration behind the success, called it the best night of his football life and the magnificent Davis dedicated his goals to his late mum Laura.

Belfast Telegraph