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Luxembourg 3-2 Northern Ireland: Goals from Paterson and McAuley not enough to prevent humiliation

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Northern Ireland's fans are dejected after being defeated 3-2 by Luxembourg in Tuesday nights World Cup qualifier at the Stade Josy Barthel stadium, Luxembourg.

Northern Ireland's fans are dejected after being defeated 3-2 by Luxembourg in Tuesday nights World Cup qualifier at the Stade Josy Barthel stadium, Luxembourg.

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Luxembourg's Mathias Janisch celebrates scoring the winner against Northern Ireland during Tuesday nights World Cup qualifier at the Stade Josy Barthel stadium, Luxembourg.

Luxembourg's Mathias Janisch celebrates scoring the winner against Northern Ireland during Tuesday nights World Cup qualifier at the Stade Josy Barthel stadium, Luxembourg.

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Northern Ireland's Martin Patterson is dejected after being defeated 3-2 by Luxembourg in Tuesday nights World Cup qualifier at the Stade Josy Barthel stadium, Luxembourg.

Northern Ireland's Martin Patterson is dejected after being defeated 3-2 by Luxembourg in Tuesday nights World Cup qualifier at the Stade Josy Barthel stadium, Luxembourg.

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Gareth McAuley scores during this evenings 2014 World Cup qualifier between Luxembourg and Northern Ireland at the Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

Gareth McAuley scores during this evenings 2014 World Cup qualifier between Luxembourg and Northern Ireland at the Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

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Luxembourg's Aurelien Joachim with Northern Ireland's Oliver Norwood during Tuesday nights World Cup qualifier at the Stade Josy Barthel stadium, Luxembourg.

Presseye Northern Ireland - 10th September 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye Luxembourg's Aurelien Joachim with Northern Ireland's Oliver Norwood during Tuesday nights World Cup qualifier at the Stade Josy Barthel stadium, Luxembourg.

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Northern Ireland's fans are dejected after being defeated 3-2 by Luxembourg in Tuesday nights World Cup qualifier at the Stade Josy Barthel stadium, Luxembourg.

Northern Ireland's fans are dejected after being defeated 3-2 by Luxembourg in Tuesday nights World Cup qualifier at the Stade Josy Barthel stadium, Luxembourg.

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Northern Ireland's Roy Carroll is dejected at the end of the match during the FIFA World Cup Qualifying match at the Estade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 10, 2013. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire.

Northern Ireland's Roy Carroll is dejected at the end of the match during the FIFA World Cup Qualifying match at the Estade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 10, 2013. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire.

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Northern Ireland fan is dejected after being defeated 3-2 by Luxembourg in Tuesday nights World Cup qualifier at the Stade Josy Barthel stadium, Luxembourg.

Northern Ireland fan is dejected after being defeated 3-2 by Luxembourg in Tuesday nights World Cup qualifier at the Stade Josy Barthel stadium, Luxembourg.

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Bensi scores during the 2014 World Cup qualifier between Luxembourg and Northern Ireland at the Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

Bensi scores during the 2014 World Cup qualifier between Luxembourg and Northern Ireland at the Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg. Picture Charles McQuillan/Pacemaker.

Presseye Northern Ireland - 10th September 2013  Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill  during Tuesday nights World Cup qualifier at the Stade Josy Barthel stadium, Luxembourg.

Presseye Northern Ireland - 10th September 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill during Tuesday nights World Cup qualifier at the Stade Josy Barthel stadium, Luxembourg.

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Presseye Northern Ireland - 10th September 2013  Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye

Luxembourg's Chris Phillips with Northern Ireland's Jamie Ward during Tuesday nights World Cup qualifier at the Stade Josy Barthel stadium, Luxembourg.

Presseye Northern Ireland - 10th September 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye Luxembourg's Chris Phillips with Northern Ireland's Jamie Ward during Tuesday nights World Cup qualifier at the Stade Josy Barthel stadium, Luxembourg.

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Presseye Northern Ireland - 10th September 2013  Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye

Northern Ireland fans during Tuesday nights World Cup qualifier at the Stade Josy Barthel stadium, Luxembourg.

Presseye Northern Ireland - 10th September 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye Northern Ireland fans during Tuesday nights World Cup qualifier at the Stade Josy Barthel stadium, Luxembourg.

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Presseye Northern Ireland - 10th September 2013  Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye

Luxembourg's Aurelien Joachim celebrates scoring against Northern Ireland during Tuesday nights World Cup qualifier at the Stade Josy Barthel stadium, Luxembourg.

Presseye Northern Ireland - 10th September 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye Luxembourg's Aurelien Joachim celebrates scoring against Northern Ireland during Tuesday nights World Cup qualifier at the Stade Josy Barthel stadium, Luxembourg.

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Northern Ireland's Roy Carroll is dejected at the end of the match as he removes his goalkeepers top  during the FIFA World Cup Qualifying match at the Estade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 10, 2013. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire.

Northern Ireland's Roy Carroll is dejected at the end of the match as he removes his goalkeepers top during the FIFA World Cup Qualifying match at the Estade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 10, 2013. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: John Walton/PA Wire.

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Presseye Northern Ireland - 10th September 2013  Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye

Northern Ireland's Martin Paterson celebrates scoring against Luxembourg  during Tuesday nights World Cup qualifier at the Stade Josy Barthel stadium, Luxembourg.

Presseye Northern Ireland - 10th September 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye Northern Ireland's Martin Paterson celebrates scoring against Luxembourg during Tuesday nights World Cup qualifier at the Stade Josy Barthel stadium, Luxembourg.

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Northern Ireland's fans are dejected after being defeated 3-2 by Luxembourg in Tuesday nights World Cup qualifier at the Stade Josy Barthel stadium, Luxembourg.

Northern Ireland have suffered an embarrassing 3-2 defeat to Luxembourg in a World Cup qualifier.

This was a shocking result for Michael O'Neill's team who at times were played off the park by a side ranked 140 in the world, 31 places below Northern Ireland.

Goals from Aurelien Joachim, Stefano Bensi and Mathias Janisch gave Luxembourg one of the most famous wins in their history.

Martin Paterson and Gareth McAuley netted for the visitors but that was not enough to prevent a shocking defeat at the Stade Josy Barthel

The last home World Cup qualifier Luxembourg won was in 1972 against Turkey and their last World Cup qualifying win anywhere was in Switzerland five years ago today.

This is their first World Cup qualifying home win in 43 games. All in all a desperate night for Northern Ireland.

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