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We'll finish in a blaze of glory, promises Northern Ireland Michael McGovern

By Paul Ferguson in Oslo

Goalkeeper Michael McGovern expects Northern Ireland to go full throttle in their final World Cup qualifier against Norway in Oslo tomorrow night - despite six players currently under the threat of play-off suspension.

The Northern Ireland team arrived in the Norwegian capital yesterday afternoon still licking their wounds following the 3-1 defeat to world champions Germany at Windsor Park on Thursday night. But they were also in optmistic mood as they target play-off confirmation and a seeding for the two-legged games next month.

Michael O'Neill's men know that if Bosnia fail to beat Belgium and Greece don't defeat Cyprus tonight, then they will be guaranteed a play-off spot before a ball is kicked at the Ullevaal Stadion tomorrow evening (7.45pm). However McGovern insists Northern Ireland are determined to win against Norway in front of 2,069 travelling fans, to give themselves the best opportunity of being seeded.

"Even if we have secured a play-off come Sunday, we want to go there and win for the seeding," stressed Fermanagh man McGovern.

Jonny and Corry Evans, Steven Davis, Conor McLaughlin, Stuart Dallas and Josh Magennis are one yellow card away from being ruled out of the first leg of the play-offs.

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