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Northern Ireland advance despite Euro loss

  • Northern Ireland advance despite Euro loss

    PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 21: Aaron Hughes of Northern Ireland after the UEFA EURO 2016 Group C match between Northern Ireland and Germany at Parc des Princes on June 21, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Slovakia, Hungary and Northern Ireland were all assured of qualifying for the last 16 at Euro 2016 on Tuesday despite not playing, or in Northern Ireland's case, losing.

Northern Ireland lost 1-0 to Germany but were celebrating a few hours later after Turkey's 2-0 win over Czech Republic meant they were assured of being among the best four third-placed teams and will face either hosts France or Wales in the round of 16.

Northern Ireland finished third in their group on three points but with a better goal difference than Turkey and Albania, who finished third in their respective groups.

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It also meant that Slovakia and Hungary, who have four points, are guaranteed to be at least among the best four third-placed finishers.

Croatia were also assured of progress by that result but went on to secure top place in Group D by beating Spain 2-1 and will play one of the third-placed teams.

Spain will now face Italy, winners of Group E, and are in the same half of the draw as Germany and England.

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