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San Marino 0-3 Northern Ireland: Magennis at the double as NI almost secure second spot

Northern Ireland's big victory as it happened

By Gareth Hanna

Northern Ireland have taken another giant stride towards a place in the play-offs for next year's World Cup finals.

Michael O'Neill's side saw off San Marino 3-0, thanks to three late goals, while third placed Czech Republic were defeated by group leaders Germany. Norway beat chasing Azerbaijan 2-0, meaning NI are now seven points clear of third spot with three games to go.

Josh Magennis netted twiced in San Marino while Steve Davis rolled home a clinching penalty as NI rallied to put to bed growing fears after they had first fired 14 shots off target before finding the opener.

Have a look at the match as it happened right here:

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