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Ultimately Northern Ireland weren't good enough to beat Bulgaria and now World Cup hopes are slim and none

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Steven Davis (left) started the night celebrating his record-breaking 126th cap but ended it in disappointment.

Steven Davis (left) started the night celebrating his record-breaking 126th cap but ended it in disappointment.

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Steven Davis (left) started the night celebrating his record-breaking 126th cap but ended it in disappointment.

The World Cup finals in Qatar kick-off in November 2022, but for Northern Ireland the tournament seems light years away now.

Bulgaria at Windsor Park was a must-win match for Ian Baraclough and his players. Bottom line, they didn’t get the job done.

The visitors were there for the taking in this Group C qualifier and while it’s true the home side dominated for long periods, just like in the Euro play-off final against an average Slovakian outfit, ultimately Northern Ireland weren’t good enough to put Bulgaria away.


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