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20:20 — a quick reminder of the situation in Group C. Germany will qualify with a point tonight while Northern Ireland can steal top spot in the unlikely event that they win both their remaining games and Germany lose both theirs – they are already assured of second and a point either tonight or away to Norway should see them in to the playoffs.

20:00 — There are, of course, plenty of other critical games over the next couple of days. Now might be a good time to brush up on who needs what in this last round of qualifiers. 

19:55 — And now we have the Northern Ireland side, presented in a much more impressive format than that of their opponents.

19:50 — And the Germany team is in. Sandro Wagner starts up front for the visitors, who have pulled a bit of a surprise with the selection of Marvin Plattenhardt at left back. Thomas Müller skippers the side. 

19:45 — Qualification has been a bit of a cruise for Germany so far but they might find things a little tougher tonight. Northern Ireland have risen from 129th in the world rankings to 20th under Michael O’Neill and kept seven clean sheets in eight qualifiers. A point will be enough for Germany but ehy’ll want to extend their perfect record.

Joachim Löw has said the match has “the air of a final” – let’s hope he’s right. 

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