Germany 6-1 Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland signed off on their Euro 2020 qualification campaign with their record competitive defeat under Michael O'Neill as Serge Gnabry ran riot in Frankfurt.
The Bayern Munich forward grabbed a hat-trick as Germany inflicted a 6-1 defeat on the men in green, who will have to reset for March's play-offs as their last chance saloon to make the Euro 2020 finals.
An unlikely source in defender Michael Smith had given Northern Ireland the lead, but they were powerless to stop Gnabry from putting in another dazzling display, while midfielder Leon Goretzka had a double of his own and Julian Brandt added a sixth.
Northern Ireland were without centre-back Jonny Evans, and his influence was painfully absent as Gnabry was given freedom to do whatever he wanted at the Commerzbank-Arena.
The former Arsenal man did make the space for his first goal, which came in the 20th minute, as he turned and rifled one into the top corner after taking a cross into the box.
That made it 1-1 after Smith's sensational opener, the defender running onto a half-cleared George Saville cross and hitting it low on the half-volley, beating Marc-Andre ter Stegen low to his right and sending the large travelling support into raptures.
But two goals, one either side of half-time, ended the game as a contest and struck two hammer blows into the psyche of the Northern Ireland camp.
The first came three minutes before the interval, with Goretzka grabbing his first, stabbing home a Brandt delivery into the box that trickled past Bailey Peacock-Farrell and in off the post.
Then, a mere 64 seconds after the restart, Gnabry was left alone in the box and he made the visitors pay dearly as he picked his spot and fired low into the bottom corner to double the lead.
His hat-trick came in the 72nd minute when he outmuscled Tom Flanagan to a ball in the box and coolly slotted under the onrushing Peacock-Farrell, with Goretzka adding his second - and the Germans' fifth - with a fine strike from the edge of the box seven minutes later.
There was even time for Brandt to grab a goal deserving of his performance, put in behind by Toni Kroos and firing high into the roof of the net in injury time to cap a dismal night for Northern Ireland in Frankfurt.
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