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21 June 2016

Michael O'Neill's side set to meet France or Wales

KYLE Lafferty's Northern Ireland have reached the knock-out stages of Euro 2016, and will face either France or Wales for a place in the quarter-finals.

The Green and White Army were narrowly beaten by world champions Germany on Tuesday, seeing them finish in third of Group C with three points from their three matches played.

Those points were collected courtesy of a fine 2-0 win over Ukraine in their second group game, and it proved enough to secure one of the best third-place berths on offer.

Their progress was confirmed later on Tuesday evening following the outcome of the final matches to be played in Group D, which saw them better rivals Turkey in the relevant standings on goal-difference. 

Meanwhile, City's others representatives at the Finals require wins on Wednesday evening to keep their hopes of reaching the last 16 alive.

Martin Olsson's Sweden meet Belgium, while Robbie Brady and Wes Hoolahan's Republic of Ireland face Italy - both games bringing a conclusion to Group E.

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