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Northern Ireland's defeat to Norway is a shocking result but the positive is they can't be that bad against Bosnia

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Steven Davis' big night at Windsor Park was spoiled.

Steven Davis' big night at Windsor Park was spoiled.

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Steven Davis' big night at Windsor Park was spoiled.

No fans. No defence and not much going forward. There was an empty feeling all round at Windsor Park as £100 million rated striker Erling Haaland and his Norwegian team-mates ripped Northern Ireland to shreds in a behind closed doors 5-1 obliteration.

The visitors were much slicker, quicker and deadly in an embarrassing mauling and the harshest of lessons for Ian Baraclough’s side before next month’s crunch Euro 2020 semi-final play-off away to Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Outclassed, out passed and more concerning, outfought, Northern Ireland’s performance wiped the shine off Baraclough’s Windsor bow and a special night for Steven Davis. Even the skipper’s influence could not stem the red tide as Norway players swept past those wearing green time and time again.