Belfast Telegraph

Michael O'Neill believes beating Romania will finish off job

By Rory Dollard

Michael O'Neill believes his Northern Ireland side are one win away from turning their Euro 2016 dream into a reality.

O'Neill's men have been one of the surprise packages of the qualifying campaign, with Sunday's 2-1 defeat of Finland making it four wins from five matches.

That leaves them second in Group F, four points clear of Hungary and just a point shy of table-topping Romania.

Anghel Iordanescu's side come to Windsor Park on June 13 and O'Neill believes success then would go a long way to ensuring a first major tournament in 30 years.

"The message is simple. We have given ourselves a fantastic chance, and we have to make sure we take our chance again in June," he said.

"The Romania game becomes massive now. If you can win that game, then it would be hard to think we won't get to the Euros.

"It takes on extra significance. Do we feel 18 points will be enough? Possibly.

"If we can get to 15 points with four games to go, that has to be our target at this moment in time. We will have the chance to go top of the group against Romania."

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