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Northern Ireland Guaranteed A Play-Off Spot After Scotland's Draw

Northern Ireland Guaranteed A Play-Off Spot After Scotland's Draw

It's not just Republic of Ireland fans that celebrated Scotland's 2-2 draw with Slovenia. Northern Ireland fans also have reason to celebrate. They are guaranteed a spot in the Play-Offs.

Ahead of their final Group C game away to Norway on Sunday evening, Michael O'Neill's side knew their place was secured due to the result in Ljubljana.

Along with Italy and Denmark, Northern Ireland are the only team assured of a sport in the Play-Offs. The other five teams will be confirmed by Tuesday evening.

Despite being assured of qualification, a win against Norway could prove very beneficial to the side. The top-four teams in the World Rankings when October's rankings are revealed will be seeded for the Play-Off draw.

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Of the three qualified teams, O'Neill's side are ahead of Denmark and behind the Italians. A Republic of Ireland win against Wales could be enough for Northern Ireland to earn a seeded spot.

After the success of Euro 2016, Northern Ireland are as close to a World Cup as they have been since their last appearance in the tournament in 1986.

Whatever happens against Norway, the side are guaranteed two more games. Windsor Park will be hopping in November.

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Daniel Kelly

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