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Windsor wonders

It seems Northern Ireland’s footballers have to play the best opposition before they show their true character. The win over Russia, ranked |almost 100 places above them, follows similar |triumphs in recent years over Spain and England, as well as the recent draw away to Portugal and their glamour boy, Ronaldo.

The latest victory was no fluke having outplayed the Russians whose coach Fabio Capello is |reputedly one of the best paid in the world raking in £7.8m a year. The boys in green certainly left him red-faced. While the official attendance at Windsor Park was around 12,000, no doubt some 50,000 will in years to come swear they were there for a victory which will go down in folklore.

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