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Germany v Northern Ireland: Fans hopeful of good result in bid for World Cup qualification

By Ian Cahoon

Northern Ireland fans are cautiously optimistic heading into this evening's World Cup qualifier against Germany.

They have seen their heroes take four points from the opening two games in Group C, including Saturday night's 4-0 win at home to San Marino.

Three goals in the final 15 minutes of that game added some much needed gloss, but attention now turns to facing the World Champions in Hannover.

"Whatever we can get from that match will be a bonus," said Newtownabbey man Chris Simms. "Whether we had beaten San Marino 1-0 or 10-0 it wouldn't have changed what we have to do.

"A point would be a fantastic result and if we can frustrate them then it's doable. I don't think the back four will be overly tired from the San Marino game anyway!"

While Northern Ireland have recent history with the Germans, losing 1-0 to Joachim Low's side in Euro 2016, Mark Long believes there are other games which give us reason to hope.

"You look at how Germany did against Scotland and the Republic in the Euro qualifiers and I think it shows we can get something," he said. "It's going to be a backs to the wall job, but we've had plenty of those in the past and got results. Germany aren't going to be 100% in every qualifier, because they know they'll get through this group.

"If we can catch them with a bit of complacency and put everything into it, then we could take a point."

Andy Gillan, from Coleraine, said: "You're always on a hiding to nothing with games like the San Marino one. Anything less than a comfortable win and people are going to ask questions.

"The longer it stayed 1-0, the more flashbacks I got of that awful night against Luxembourg back in 2012.

"Fortunately the introduction of Kyle Lafferty helped put the game beyond doubt. He was poor in the Czech Republic and probably had a point to prove.

"Two goals and an assist for Jamie Ward - point made!"

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