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Summary

  1. NI squander chances to win
  2. Northern Ireland remain one point off top
  3. Not reached major tournament since 1986

Live Reporting

By Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

Northern Ireland 0-0 Romania

Will Northern Ireland qualify for Euro 2016? Only time will tell but it is still in their own hands after a decent performance against Group F leaders Romania. It promises to be an exciting end to the qualifying campaign in September and October. Thanks for your company. Until next time.

Manager reaction

Northern Ireland 0-0 Romania

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill, speaking to Sky Sports: "It's a big point for us and sets us nicely for the big double header in September. I thought my players were magnificent in terms of how they went about the game.

"We didn't come under that much pressure throughout the game and we created opportunities ourselves in what was a tense match."

What's left?

Northern Ireland 0-0 Romania

Here's a reminder of who Northern Ireland and Romania still have to play.

Northern Ireland: Faroe Islands (away) 4 September; Hungary (home) 7 September; Greece (home) 8 October; Finland (away) 11 October.

Romania: Hungary (away) 4 September; Greece (home) 7 September; Finland (home) 8 October; Faroe Islands (away) 11 October.

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Northern Ireland forward Billy Mckay: Great result. Could have won it but one point closer to France. Buzzing for Michael McGovern getting a start and a clean sheet #GAWA

"Outstanding determination"

Northern Ireland 0-0 Romania

Danny Wilson, former Northern Ireland midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live

"What a fantastic end to the competition it will be. Of all the teams challenging for the top spot, Northern Ireland's determination has been outstanding. They fought for each other and were disciplined and deserve to be where they are."

Player reaction

Northern Ireland 0-0 Romania

Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis, speaking to Sky Sports: "There's definitely a sense of disappointment. It's a bit of a missed opportunity but it's still a good point. Overall it was a good performance by us but we're just disappointed we couldn't win the game."

Elsewhere in Europe

Faroe Islands versus Greece
EPA

A famous win for Faroe Islands as they complete the double over Greece in this qualification group. They won 2-1 to overtake Finland into fourth place in Group F. They are within five points of the play-off place now...

Germany hammered Gibraltar 7-0 in Group D and in I, Denmark beat Serbia 2-0.

Next?

Northern Ireland 0-0 Romania

Northern Ireland have three months to recharge their batteries before the final push. Next up? The Faroe Islands away on 4 September. It could be harder than some people think judging by their result tonight.

Northern Ireland stay second

Northern Ireland 0-0 Romania

Lafferty asks what it all means...
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So, what does this result do to the Group F table with four games remaining?

Romania remain top on 14 points, with Northern Ireland second on 13. But the big winners today are Hungary who are now just two points behind the Green and White Army on 11 points following their narrow win in Finland.

"Romania will be happy"

Northern Ireland 0-0 Romania

Danny Wilson

Former Northern Ireland midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live

"The Northern Ireland back four have been excellent, really solid. The Romanians will be quite happy to have come here and got a point, it keeps them top of the group."

FULL-TIME

Northern Ireland 0-0 Romania

Two points dropped or one crucial point gained on the road to Euro 2016? Northern Ireland will soon find out.

Northern Ireland 0-0 Romania

Romania fans
PA

A small pocket of Romania fans making all the noise in the closing moments.

Northern Ireland 0-0 Romania

Michael O'Neill has not given up. The ball runs out of play near the Northern Ireland dug out and the home manager goes out of his way to make sure he gets to it first and throw it to a green shirt. One last chance for the hosts?

Northern Ireland 0-0 Romania

Three minutes of added time.

Elsewhere in Europe

Nervy end in the Faroe Islands as Sokratis Papastathopoulos pulls one back for Greece with an 84th-minute header. That's 2-1 now.

Meanwhile, Germany now lead Gibraltar 7-0 with Max Kruse scoring his second.

And Jakob Poulsen has put Denmark 2-0 up against Serbia.

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It's all Northern Ireland in the closing stages.

Oliver Norwood fires a free-kick towards the net but Ciprian Tatarusanu tips it over at the last moment. Two minutes of normal time remaining.

Anyone in green fancy becoming a hero?

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Lafferty missed a good chance
Reuters

No, no, no.

Kyle Lafferty. This is your moment. Your moment to put your name up in lights.

He's totally unmarked eight yards out when the ball lands at his feet. Surely a goal? He snatches at it and the relieved Romania keeper saves comfortably in the end.

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Northern Ireland are going for it. Great ball out wide by Stuart Dallas finds Oliver Norwood who whips in a delicious cross but Kyle Laffery cannot make proper contact. The ball falls to Chris Baird 12 yards out but it's straight at the keeper.

Northern Ireland 0-0 Romania

Danny Wilson

Former Northern Ireland midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live

"Jonny Evans coming off is a major blow for Northern Ireland. He has been outstaying. Craig Cathcart is a great defender but the quality of Evans gives you confidence at the back."

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Ten minutes of normal time remaining. Late drama, anyone?

SUBSTITUTION

Northern Ireland 0-0 Romania

Jonny Evans has gone off injured
EPA

There's something happening on the sidelines. A steward is down receiving treatment after an incident. Hopefully it is nothing serious. Jamie Ward is replaced Corry Evans while Jonny Evans hobbles off to be replaced by Craig Cathcart.

Elsewhere in Europe

The Faroe Islands look like they will complete the double over 2004 European champions Greece. Teenager Brandur Olsen has made it 2-0 as the Nordic minnows look set to move up to fourth in Northern Ireland's group - above Finland.

While we're chatting about those rocky islands,

have a read of our feature about the foreign players who play their club football in the Faroes.

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The Green and White Army is in full cry. They are trying to rally their side. Romania have started running down the clock. Jonny Evans is clearly in discomfort. A change coming up?

Elsewhere in Europe

Bellarabi scores for Germany
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Germany are now 6-0 up against Gibraltar. Karim Bellarabi made it four before Andre Schurrle got his second and third of the night. They were frustrated in the first half but are totally dominant now.

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Twenty minutes remaining. Northern Ireland have lost their way. Their next match is the Faroe Islands away so a draw against the group leaders will not be a disaster.

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Danny Wilson

Former Northern Ireland midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live

"There is a bit more space for players and both team a showing more adventure, the full-backs are getting forward and the teams can sense they can get a result and not just a 0-0."

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Slip by Gareth McAuley and Gabriel Torje is storming towards the goal. Surely this is the breakthrough? Jonny Evans, using all his experience, keeps a cool head and manages to deflect the midfielder's shot just wide. The hosts breathe a huge sight of relief.

SUBSTITUTION

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Chipciuin has been taken off
EPA

First change of the match...and it's the visitors who want to mix things up. Midfielder Alexandru Chipciu is off and on comes striker Bogdan Stancu.

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Maxim tumbles for Romania
Reuters

Shocking! Alexandru Maxim tries to con the referee into a penalty after going down theatrically inside the area but the Spanish official is having none of it. Jonny Evans and Oliver Norwood are furious. They want the Romanian booked but he escapes with a lecture.

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How costly will that prove? A delicious cross is played into the Romania box and up goes Kyle Lafferty. It's a great chance for Northern Ireland's danger man, six yards out, but he gets his angles all wrong and heads horribly over. Groans from the home crowd.

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Laszlo Sepsi
AFP

The late evening sun is playing havoc. Passes are going astray. Romania are being restricted to long range efforts but they're finding the going tough as the wind whips up.

Elsewhere in Europe

Any hope that Gibraltar had against Germany is surely gone now as Mesut Ozil squares for Max Kruse to tap home into an empty net early in the second half. That's 2-0. And you fancy there'll be a few more goals now...

And yep, there's Ilkay Gundogan - 3-0.

Northern Ireland 0-0 Romania

Danny Wilson

Former Northern Ireland midfielder on BBC Radio 5 live

"More adventure being shown. The Northern Ireland players are getting forward, putting pressure on the Romanian defence and that could lead to goals. The Romanian midfielders are nowhere near tight enough."

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Green shirts snapping at Romanian heels, tackles flying in...blood and thunder stuff at Windsor Park.

Northern Ireland 0-0 Romania

Another super strike by Stuart Dallas whistles narrowly wide. The 24-year-old Brentford player is a relative newcomer to the international stage but he looks decent. Northern Ireland have the momentum.

Northern Ireland 0-0 Romania

Michael O'Neill
Reuters

No changes by Michael O'Neill at the interval. But how long will he leave it? One thing going for Northern Ireland in this half - they're got the wind in their favour.

KICK-OFF

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Huge 45 minutes coming up for Northern Ireland. Back under way in Belfast.

Northern Ireland 0-0 Romania

Northern Ireland started the day with a four-point cushion over Hungary in the race for automatic qualification to Euro 2016. Right now, their lead is down to two points in the 'as it stands' table after Hungary defeated Finland earlier.

Join the debate at #bbcfootball

Mohamed Arabi: Germany are playing against best goalkeeper in the world.

John Dykes: Jordan Perez had saved a penalty and made two or three top top saves in the first half!

Cam Baxter: From Euro 2004 winners to Faroe Islands fodder, Greece everyone.

Elsewhere in Europe

Gibraltar
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Phenomenal performance from Jordan Perez in the first half of Gibraltar v Germany to keep the minnows in the game.

The 28-year-old domestic-based goalkeeper saved a penalty from Bastian Schweinsteiger and pulled off some brilliant saves towards the end of the first half.

Andre Schurrle has scored the only goal in the Algarve so far.

Faroe Islands lead Greece 1-0 at the break, as do Denmark against Serbia. The Danes could have doubled their lead but Daniel Agger missed a penalty.