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Finland v Northern Ireland: Live updates from Helsinki in final Euro qualifier

Northern Ireland can top their group and end a history-making qualification campaign on a high in Helsinki against Finland. Follow our live updates.

The national squad go into the game with qualification already guaranteed after Thursday night's heroics at Windsor Park against Greece.

Michael O'Neill's team, still in a buoyant mood after Thursday night need only a point to secure the top spot. But the  boss has demand all three.

"We've come to Finland wanting to win the group - 23 points would be an amazing tally to reach for us," said O'Neill.

"I've told the players that I don't think a Pot 5 team has ever won their group.

"That would be great to do.

"We want to keep the momentum we have. I'll pick a team to win the game and I know the players are keen to embellish the reputation they're creating, not only at home but throughout Europe."

Kyle Lafferty is set to return to the starting line-up following his suspension.

And the Norwich striker has vowed to quit his club in order to play regular football to be in the best condition for the finals in France next summer.

"There's no point in me sitting in the stands or playing for 15 minutes when there is a massive tournament coming up," he said.

"I think I'll give it until January then sit down with the manager."

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More than 2,000 travelling supporters have made the trip to Finland for the final Group F qualifier.

Captain Steven Davies added: "It's been an incredible response from everybody. Everyone's phones have been going mad, people getting in contact to wish them all the best and say congratulations."

"Michael and the lads have been inundated with messages of support from people. With social media now it's hard not to see it.

"It's been great to reflect in the last 24 hours on what we've achieved. It's an incredible couple of days and the lads fully deserve to get the plaudits they have.

"There's going to be another big following out here and the fans are looking forward to it. Everyone is in good spirits and rightly so."

Kick-off is at 5pm at the Helsingin Olympiastadion and live on Sky Sports 1.

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Posted by Northern Ireland National Team on Sunday, 11 October 2015

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