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Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill (centre) with Steven Davis after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill (centre) with Steven Davis after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

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Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

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Northern Ireland's Chris Brunt (left) and Michael McGovern after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Northern Ireland's Chris Brunt (left) and Michael McGovern after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Northern Ireland's Chris Brunt (right) and Michael McGovern after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Northern Ireland's Chris Brunt (right) and Michael McGovern after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Northern Ireland's Chris Brunt (2nd right) looks dejected after scoring an own goal, giving Norway their first of the game during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Northern Ireland's Chris Brunt (2nd right) looks dejected after scoring an own goal, giving Norway their first of the game during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

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Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty (centre) in action during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Northern Ireland's Kyle Lafferty (centre) in action during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas (left) and Norway's Jonas Svensson battle for the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas (left) and Norway's Jonas Svensson battle for the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Northern Ireland's Chris Brunt (2nd right) looks dejected after scoring an own goal, giving Norway their first of the game during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Northern Ireland's Chris Brunt (2nd right) looks dejected after scoring an own goal, giving Norway their first of the game during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Norway celebrate their first of the game during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Norway celebrate their first of the game during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Northern Ireland's Chris Brunt (2nd right) looks dejected after scoring an own goal, giving Norway their first of the game during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Northern Ireland's Chris Brunt (2nd right) looks dejected after scoring an own goal, giving Norway their first of the game during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Northern Ireland's Chris Brunt scores an own goal, giving Norway their first of the game during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Northern Ireland's Chris Brunt scores an own goal, giving Norway their first of the game during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Northern Ireland's George Saville has an attempt on goal blocked during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Northern Ireland's George Saville has an attempt on goal blocked during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Northern Ireland's Chris Brunt looks dejected after scoring an own goal, giving Norway their first of the game during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Northern Ireland's Chris Brunt looks dejected after scoring an own goal, giving Norway their first of the game during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Northern Ireland's George Saville has an attempt on goal blocked during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Northern Ireland's George Saville has an attempt on goal blocked during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Northern Ireland's George Saville has an attempt on goal blocked during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Northern Ireland's George Saville has an attempt on goal blocked during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Norway's Jonas Svensson (left) and Northern Ireland's Steven Davis in action during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Norway's Jonas Svensson (left) and Northern Ireland's Steven Davis in action during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Norway's Jonas Svensson (left) and Northern Ireland's Steven Davis in action during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Norway's Jonas Svensson (left) and Northern Ireland's Steven Davis in action during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Norway's Jonas Svensson (left) and Northern Ireland's Steven Davis in action during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Norway's Jonas Svensson (left) and Northern Ireland's Steven Davis in action during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Northern Ireland's Steaven Davis (left) and Norway's Markus Henriksen battle for the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Northern Ireland's Steaven Davis (left) and Norway's Markus Henriksen battle for the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Northern Ireland's Corry Evans (centre) battles with Norway's Alexander Soderlund (centre right) during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Northern Ireland's Corry Evans (centre) battles with Norway's Alexander Soderlund (centre right) during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas (right) gets away from Norway's Mohamed Elyounoussi battle for the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas (right) gets away from Norway's Mohamed Elyounoussi battle for the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans (left) and Steven Davis before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans (left) and Steven Davis before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Norway's Alexander Sorloth (left) and Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas battle for the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Norway's Alexander Sorloth (left) and Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas battle for the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Northern Ireland's Josh Magennis, Gareth McAuley, Michael McGovern, Jonny Evans, Chris Brunt and Stuart Dallas. Front row, left to right, Northern Ireland's Oliver Norwood, Connor Washington, Steven Davis, Corry Evans and Conor McLaughlin before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Northern Ireland's Josh Magennis, Gareth McAuley, Michael McGovern, Jonny Evans, Chris Brunt and Stuart Dallas. Front row, left to right, Northern Ireland's Oliver Norwood, Connor Washington, Steven Davis, Corry Evans and Conor McLaughlin before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Northern Ireland fans celebrate at the Thon Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo

Northern Ireland fans celebrate at the Thon Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo

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Northern Ireland fans in the stands before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Northern Ireland fans in the stands before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Northern Ireland's Johnny Evans (left) and Steven Davis before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Northern Ireland's Johnny Evans (left) and Steven Davis before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Northern Ireland fans celebrate in the stands as they discover their side has qualified for a play-off spot before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Northern Ireland fans celebrate in the stands as they discover their side has qualified for a play-off spot before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Northern Ireland fans celebrate at the Thon Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo

Northern Ireland fans celebrate at the Thon Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo

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Northern Ireland fans celebrate at the Thon Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo

Northern Ireland fans celebrate at the Thon Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo

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Northern Ireland fans celebrate at the Thon Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo

Northern Ireland fans celebrate at the Thon Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo

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Northern Ireland fans celebrate in the stands as they discover their side has qualified for a play-off spot before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Northern Ireland fans celebrate in the stands as they discover their side has qualified for a play-off spot before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Northern Ireland fans celebrate at the Thon Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo

Northern Ireland fans celebrate at the Thon Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo

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Northern Ireland fans celebrate at the Thon Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo

Northern Ireland fans celebrate at the Thon Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo

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Northern Ireland fans celebrate in the stands as they discover their side has qualified for a play-off spot before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

Northern Ireland fans celebrate in the stands as they discover their side has qualified for a play-off spot before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Northern Ireland fans celebrate at the Thon Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo

Northern Ireland fans celebrate at the Thon Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo

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Northern Ireland fans celebrate at the Thon Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo

Northern Ireland fans celebrate at the Thon Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo

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Northern Ireland fans celebrate at the Thon Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo

Northern Ireland fans celebrate at the Thon Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo

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Northern Ireland fans celebrate at the Thon Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo

Northern Ireland fans celebrate at the Thon Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo

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A view of the stadium before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

A view of the stadium before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday October 8, 2017. See PA story SOCCER N Ireland. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only, No commercial use without prior permission.

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Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill (centre) with Steven Davis after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group C match at the Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo. Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Northern Ireland's place in the World Cup play-offs has been confirmed, despite a 1-0 defeat in Norway.

Michael O'Neill's men lost their final group game thanks to a second half own goal from Chris Brunt - although neither he nor goalkeeper Michael McGovern covered themselves in glory in what was a rare defensive mishap.

Nonetheless, NI will go forward to November's play-off games. Their fate had been secured before kick-off in Norway as Slovenia earned a 2-2 draw with Scotland.

That meant that Slovakia finish second in Group F but with only 12 adjusted points, leaving them in danger of being the one group runner-up to miss out in the play-offs.

With Northern Ireland a point ahead of them in the play-off race, NI's place is secure. The draw for the play-offs with take place on Tuesday October 17.

Here's Northern Ireland's defeat to Norway as it happened:

 

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