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Northern Ireland squad ready for Germans after classy Ukraine victory

Editor's Viewpoint

What a magnificent result for Northern Ireland at Euro 2016. The 2-0 victory was fashioned through skill and hard work in equal measure.

Some sneering commentators like to take a condescending view of this team - brave little Northern Ireland - but the way the side's players went about their business in a match they had to win showed that they were footballers first and fighters second.

It was a result to rival that famous victory over Spain in the World Cup three decades ago and equally startling to the other sides in the tournament. Germany are the next opponents. They have now been warned.

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