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Summary

  1. N Ireland move to top of Group F
  2. Result: Gibraltar 0-4 Rep Ireland
  3. Republic go third in Group D, above Scotland
  4. Germany top group after beating Poland 3-1

Live Reporting

By Marc Higginson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight!

    What a great night for Northern Ireland then! It's almost time to book those flights to France.

    There is, however, still plenty of work for Scotland and the Republic to do.

    I'm off now, but thanks for your company tonight. We'll be back tomorrow for more international football.

    Until then, goodnight!

  2. Manager reaction

    Faroes 1-3 NI

    Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill, speaking to Sky Sports: " It is long overdue. This group of players has really developed over the past couple of years and it would be a magnificent achievement. There are some great players who deserve to get to a finals – Aaron Hughes has 97 caps, he wasn't in the side tonight but still came from Australia to be part of this squad, he wasn't going to miss out. That too typifies the spirit that we have."

  3. Manager reaction

    Faroes 1-3 NI

    Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill, speaking to Sky Sports:  "We’re guaranteed third, so that’s a good start. I think we have to believe we can qualify now. We know that tonight’s result in Budapest went in our favour as well. The prize is so great that the players’ response has been superb.

    "It will be fantastic night if we can manage to do it. Obviously we’ll have a couple of chances now but we want to do it on Monday."

  4. Manager reaction

    Faroes 1-3 NI

    Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill, speaking to Sky Sports:  "We played really well in the first half and when they brought the game level back at 1-1 I thought it was a bit harsh on us. But the reaction of the players was excellent. After the sending off we managed the game, we were patient and we deserved to win. I’m pleased by so many aspects of our play, there wasn’t a player who let us down at all.

    "Kyle Lafferty is a good boy, he’s had an exceptional campaign for us and he typifies the spirit in the dressing room. Tonight was a hard game for him, we were hoping to get him 65 minutes or so and once he got his goal we were getting him off. The team needs him."

  5. Gibraltar 0-4 RoI

    Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill:  “I never thought we were out of the group, we had to win four games. This particular weekend was important for us, the Georgia-Scotland game was always going to be difficult match so I am delighted we have won.

    “Even if Scotland had won, it was still in our hands. This will give us a good boost of confidence and Georgia will come with renewed confidence themselves after their win.

    “The first goal was a relief when it came. It was a great effort from Robbie Keane and I didn’t realise he was only one behind Gerd Muller (68 goals). Very nice."

  6. Post update

    So we could soon be in a situation where, with two games to play, Wales, Northern Ireland and England have qualified for Euro 2016.

    Happy days.

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  8. Player reaction

    Faroes 1-3 NI

    Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty, speaking to Sky Sports: " Myself and Michael O’Neill have a great relationship and he has shown real belief in me throughout the qualification campaign. To be honest I was lucky to be on the pitch still for my goal because it was not the best performance I've had in a green shirt, but we got the three points and I’m happy with the goal.

    "We can qualify for a tournament. All the lads will be up for the game on Monday, but for now we’ll get our heads down and I believe we can cross the finishing line.

    "It’s going to be hard but the way we have been playing recently I think we will do it. It will be a massive achievement."

  9. Elsewhere

    Germany 3-1 Poland

    Bastian Schweinsteiger and Robert Lewandowski

    World champions Germany have leap-frogged Poland at the top of Group D with a 3-1 over their neighbours in Frankfurt. Mario Gotze scored twice for Die Mannschaft.

    Finland nicked victory away to 2004 champions Greece thanks to a goal from substitute Joel Pohjanpalo.

    Serbia, led by Branislav Ivanovic of Chelsea, overcame Armenia 2-0, while Mathieu Valbuena scored the only goal as hosts France beat Portugal in a friendly.

  10. Gibraltar 0-4 RoI

    Republic of Ireland striker Robbie Keane: "We said before the game we had to be patient, we knew it was going to be difficult. They are a very different team from when we first played them so all credit to them. There is still a long way to go but we got the job done. Monday will be a massive game for us. The three points in Georgia at the start of the campaign could be massive for us."

  11. Pin it to the fridge, NI fans

    Group F
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    Faroes 1-3 NI

  13. Faroes 1-3 NI

    Gareth McAuley celebrates

    Northern Ireland's two-goal Gareth McAuley, speaking to Sky Sports: "We knew it'd be tough coming here, they played well in spells. The elements - playing against the wind - I think we dealt with quite well. We're just happy to come out with the points. It was even up until the red card but we talked about set-pieces being important and we've managed to win the game through that."

  14. Elsewhere

    All done in Budapest and it sets up an almighty Monday night at Windsor Park.

    Hungary have been held to a goalless draw at home by Group F leaders Romania and that means that Northern Ireland will qualify for Euro 2016 should they beat Hungary at home in three days time.

    The atmosphere is going to be tasty for that one.

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    Faroes 1-3 NI

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  16. Gibraltar 0-4 RoI

    As for the Republic, they've leapfrogged Scotland in the Group D play-off place with just three matches left to play. It's back in their own hands.

  17. Post update

    Faroes 1-3 NI

    Danny Wilson

    BBC Radio 5 live in Torshavn

    "Full credit to Northern Ireland. They took full advantage of the sending off but take nothing away from the Faroe Islands - they made it a tough game. 

    "The players have gone over to celebrate with the fans, because if they win on Monday, it's France here we come."

  18. Faroes 1-3 NI

    Northern Ireland are just one victory away from Euro 2016 qualification. All they need to do is beat Hungary on Monday night at Windsor Park.

    Is it too late to email the boss and ask for Tuesday off?!

  19. FULL-TIME

    Faroes 1-3 NI

    Northern Ireland's fans

    "Pouvez-vous me donner des directives au stade de football s'il vous plaît?"

    Start buying the French phrase book, guys and girls.

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    Gibraltar 0-4 RoI

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    Faroes 1-3 NI

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  22. Faroes 1-3 NI

    Hallur Hansson with a chance to pull back a consolation for the Faroes but he toe-pokes a free-kick on the edge of the box over the bar.

  23. INJURY TIME

    Faroes 1-3 NI

    Three minutes of time to be added on. Not long until another famous NI victory can be written into folklore.

  24. Post update

    Faroes 1-3 NI

    Danny Wilson

    BBC Radio 5 live in Torshavn

    Kyle Lafferty celebrates

    "The game is won now. You don't need to take any chances. Just keep hold of the ball."

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    Faroes 1-3 NI

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  26. How's stat?!

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    Faroes 1-3 NI

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  28. Elsewhere

    Germany 3-1 Poland

    Germany celebrate

    Germany's grinding dominance has finally told in Frankfurt as Mario Gotze is alive to turn in the rebound after Thomas Muller's deflected shot is spilled by Lukasz Fabianski.

    Hungary and Romania are still locked together in a goalless stalemate.

    If that stays the same Northern Ireland will qualify if they beat Hungary at Windsor Park on Monday.

  29. Post update

    Faroes 1-3 NI

    Danny Wilson

    BBC Radio 5 live in Torshavn

    "The goalkeeper had no right to save that - what a fantastic stop. I was already celebrating a goal!"

  30. GREAT SAVE!

    Faroes 1-3 NI

    A great ball from Steven Davis splits the home defence and Josh Magennis latches on to it but his powerful shot is turned onto the post and behind for a corner.

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    Faroes 1-3 NI

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  32. SUBSTITUTION

    Faroes 1-3 NI

    Shane Ferguson replaces Chris Brunt, who has played very well for Northern Ireland tonight. That extra ability he has on the ball has really shone through.

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    Faroes 1-3 NI

    SMS Message: The Baggies doing the business for Northern Ireland tonight! from Stuart
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  34. Faroes 1-3 NI

    The Northern Ireland fans are having a great party now. It'll go on long into the night.

  35. Post update

    Faroes 1-3 NI

    Danny Wilson

    BBC Radio 5 live in Torshavn

    "If Northern Ireland decide to stay on the front foot they can get another one easily now you feel. This bodes so well for the game against Hungary on Monday - a big win really puts the pressure on them."

  36. GOAL - Gibraltar 0-4 RoI

    Shane Long

    Shane Long celebrates

    Cross from the right, an unmarked Shane Long meets it with his head and Ireland make it four.

  37. Post update

    Looking good for Northern Ireland as things stand...

    As it stands table
  38. Post update

    Faroes 1-3 NI

    Danny Wilson

    BBC Radio 5 live in Torshavn

    "Great persistence from Kyle Lafferty. He got a hold of the ball, lost it, got it back off the defender again and smashed it home. That is a a typical Lafferty goal - because he never, ever gives up."

  39. GOAL - Faroes 1-3 NI

    Kyle Lafferty

    Kyle Lafferty celebrates

    Start booking the bed and breakfast, Northern Ireland fans. Euro 2016 is almost within sight now.

    Josh Magennis is the provider with a low pullback from the byeline and Kyle Lafferty battles with his marker to eventually win the ball and smash home from just outside the six-yard box. Party time.

  40. Gibraltar 0-3 RoI

    So close to another goal in this match, but not for Ireland, for Gibraltar!

    John Sergeant (not the one off the telly) weaves his way through the Irish backline and pulls the triggers from close range, but Aston Villa man Ciaran Clark makes a fantastic block to preserve the clean sheet.

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    Faroes 1-2 NI

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  42. Faroes 1-2 NI

    Michael O'Neill put on a striker for a defender not so long ago. Does he rethink his formation again now?

  43. Post update

    Faroes 1-2 NI

    Danny Wilson

    BBC Radio 5 live in Torshavn

    "Quality, quality ball from Chris Brunt. The defenders couldn't get at touch on it because they were too scared - one touch could have turned it in for an own goal. Gareth McAuley is there for his second header - a wonderful finish."

  44. GOAL - Faroes 1-2 NI

    Gareth McAuley scores his second goal

    Who needs Gareth Bale indeed (21 mins)!

    Chris Brunt's delivery from a free-kick on the right is sweet as a nut and Gareth McAuley holds off those around him to head home from four yards out.

  45. SUBSTITUTION

    Faroes 1-1 NI

    Northern Ireland are going for this now - Kilmarnock striker Josh Magennis replacing defender Conor McLaughlin.

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    Faroes 1-1 NI

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    Gibraltar 0-3 RoI

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  48. Post update

    Faroes 1-1 NI

    Danny Wilson

    BBC Radio 5 live in Torshavn

    "What a silly challenge. He knows he can't get the ball, he knows he's on a yellow card, and yet Joan Simun Edmundsson still goes through his man. 

    "Northern Ireland cannot turn this down now. What a fantastic chance they have to win this game."

  49. RED CARD - Joan Símun Edmundsson

    Faroes 1-1 NI

    The Faroes are reduced to 10 men - and rightly so - when their goalscorer Joan Edmundsson loses the ball and then, in his frustration, takes out Oliver Norwood with a reckless challenge. A second yellow card means he's off. He's lucky it wasn't a straight red.

  50. Post update

    Faroes 1-1 NI

    Danny Wilson

    BBC Radio 5 live in Torshavn

    "The game is very finely balanced at the moment. The lion's share of possession is with Northern Ireland but it is all about taking your chances."

  51. Elsewhere

    Germany 2-1 Poland

    Mario Gotze

    Germany are asking all the questions at the start of the second half and Mario Gotze is the width of a post away from reestablishing his side's two-goal lead with a curling shot from the edge of the area

    Over in Serbia, Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is in trouble with officialdom yet again, picking up a booking. His side are 2-0 to the good against Armenia. 

    Hungary v Romania - at the top of Northern Ireland's group, remember - remains goalless.

  52. Faroes 1-1 NI

    I'm sure there's some Premier League stattos who knew this already, but did the rest of you know that Faroe Islands goalkeeper Gunnar Nielsen played in the Premier League? He was a late substitute for Shay Given in Manchester City's game against Arsenal back in 2010. He now plays for Stjarnan in Iceland.

  53. CLOSE!

    Faroes 1-1 NI

    Good ball from Niall McGinn who finds Kyle Lafferty in the box but the striker's shot is blocked by a defender.

  54. Post update

    Faroes 1-1 NI

    Danny Wilson

    BBC Radio 5 live in Torshavn

    "The improvement the Faroe Islands have shown this qualifying campaign is remarkable. 

    "They are very well organised, disciplined and they've got some very good players on the ball, too. I've been impressed." 

  55. Faroes 1-1 NI

    Stuart Dallas is really trying to take the game by the scruff of the neck, all while a Faroes defender is trying to take him by the scruff of the neck!

    The Leeds winger drives infield but is hauled to the artificial pitch. Northern Ireland eventually win a corner but the keeper is off his line and catches easily.

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    Gibraltar 0-3 RoI

  57. Post update

    Faroes 1-1 NI

    Danny Wilson

    BBC Radio 5 live in Torshavn

    "I did say earlier that since the half-time team-talk Northern Ireland looked much improved, but they were very fortunate there. Thank goodness they got in each other's way."  

  58. Faroes 1-1 NI

    Northern Ireland seem to have patches in the game where they switch off. This time they give the ball away and they are only saved by the fact two Faroes players get in each other's way.

  59. Faroes 1-1 NI

    Northern Ireland fans

    Depeche Mode's 'Just can't get enough' is being sung by some of the supporters inside the stadium. I think it's the visiting fans belting it out.

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    Gibraltar 0-3 RoI

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  61. GOAL - Gibraltar 0-3 RoI

    Robbie Keane penalty

    Robbie Keane celebrates

    Robbie Keane steps up, checks his run, watches the keeper dive the wrong way and then sidefoots the ball into the opposite corner. Easy.

  62. PENALTY for RoI

    Wes Hoolahan is fouled in the box. Penalty!

  63. GOAL - Gibraltar 0-2 RoI

    Robbie Keane

    Robbie Keane scores

    Robbie Keane will never score an easier goal in his record-breaking Republic of Ireland career. The skipper taps in from two yards out after a Gibraltar defender had diverted Jon Walters' low cross onto the post.

  64. Faroes 1-1 NI

    Stuart Dallas, who gave the ball away in the build-up to the Faroes' equaliser, whistles a shot over the bar.

  65. Elsewhere

    Paul Pogba and Cristiano Ronaldo

    Romaniahad the best of the first half, but the Group F leaders will probably happily take a point from their trip toHungaryand it is goalless at the break.

    Denmark v AlbaniaandGreece v Finlandare also waiting for the first goal, but aSerbiaside led by Branislav Ivanovic are 1-0 up at home toArmenia.

    Euro 2016 hostsFranceare getting in a cheeky little friendly againstPortugal.Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann and Karim Benzema all start for Les Bleus, but it too is goalless. 

  66. KICK-OFF

    We're under way again in both matches. Big 45 minutes for both teams, but certainly Northern Ireland.

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  68. As it stands

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  69. As it stands

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  70. Post update

    Faroes 1-1 NI

    Danny Wilson

    BBC Radio 5 live in Torshavn

    Gareth McAuley scores

    "Northern Ireland started the game really well but Faroe Islands changed their system and since then they've started to grow in confidence. It got the home fans vocal and gave them an impetus. 

    But even though they've had more possession in midfield they still haven't caused all that many problems - long throws have been their major weapon."

  71. GREAT SAVE!

    Germany 2-1 Poland

    Germany are ahead at the break. Somehow.

    Twice, just before the break, the hosts slither off the hook as Robert Lewandowski goes close.

    Poland's main man goes clean through as Germany are caught out of position, absolutely wallops a first-time shot goalwards, but is brilliantly denied by an instinctive stop from Manuel Neuer.

    From the resulting corner, Mario Gotze heads off the line from Lewandowski's towering header.

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  73. Post update

    Mmm... it's not been the best 45 minutes for either Northern Ireland or the Republic. The former will be disappointed to give away a one-goal lead and the latter should have been far more dominant than they have been.

  74. HALF-TIME

    Faroes 1-1 NI

  75. HALF-TIME

    Gibraltar 0-1 RoI

  76. Post update

    Faroes 1-1 NI

    Danny Wilson

    BBC Radio 5 live in Torshavn

    "I thought if anybody would score there from a chance like that it would be Kyle Laffety.All he wanted was a little touch to guide the ball past the goalkeeper. What an opportunity."

  77. CLOSE!

    Faroes 1-1 NI

    Kyle Lafferty reacts

    Kyle Lafferty should be burying those! The ball is whipped in from the right and he's left unmarked but his headed effort is off target under pressure from the goalkeeper who rushes off his line.

  78. GOAL

    Germany 2-1 Poland

    Robert Lewandowski

    Is there life in this one yet?

    Poland pull a goal back and it came from the left flank, where they have been exploiting an uneasy-looking and out-of-position debutant Emre Can.

    A fabulous out-swinging cross off the outside of Robin Grosicki's boot is met by the diving Robert Lewandowski, who applies an emphatic headed finish.

    That is eight goals in seven qualifiers from Lewandowski and it was past Bayern Munich team-mate Manuel Neuer. 

  79. Faroes 1-1 NI

    There's more urgency from Northern Ireland now - the visitors had gone sloppy after taking the lead. They're trying to play a high line and push the Faroes back. They're also using the right flank to better effect.

  80. Post update

    Faroes 1-1 NI

    Danny Wilson

    BBC Radio 5 live in Torshavn

    "Northern Ireland just have to compose themselves now. Get back to the discipline they showed in the early parts of the game and they'll be fine. 

    "When they've been composed on the ball they've looked by far the more dangerous team, but they'd just started to let Faroe Islands back in, before the goal."

  81. Gibraltar 0-1 RoI

    Other than the nice weekend away, the Republic haven't given their fans too much to cheer about in Portugal. They've just spent a couple of minutes passing the ball about in their own half.

  82. Elsewhere

    Hungary 0-0 Romania

    In a game that is of major significance to Northern Ireland at the top of Group F, it's all square between leaders Romania and third-placed Hungary.

    There have been glimpses of quality from both sides in Budapest, where Romania's laudiu Keseru and Hungary's Balazs Dzsudzsak have both gone close from free-kicks, but it remains goalless.

    The hosts have been forced into a change with Roland Juhasz forced off through injury.

  83. Get Involved

    Faroes 1-1 NI

    Joan Edmundsson

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  84. Post update

    Faroes 1-1 NI

    Danny Wilson

    BBC Radio 5 live in Torshavn

    Northern Ireland players

    "Now that is a body blow. All the Northern Ireland players thought the ball was going out, but Faroe Islands kept it in and turned it home. There had been hardly any danger, apart from the long throws, up until now."

  85. GOAL - Faroes 1-1 NI

    Joan Simun Edmundsson

    Gunnar Nielsen

    Northern Ireland have their pocket picked by the revitalised Faroes. Stuart Dallas dillies and dallies with the ball in the area, taking one touch too many, and the hosts win back possession. A low ball is played into the six-yard box and Joan Simun Edmundsson does the rest from close range.

  86. Faroes 0-1 NI

    There's been a few times now where NI have almost let in the Faroes because they have not cleared the ball quick enough. Are they worried about the bounce of the ball on this artificial surface?

  87. Faroes 0-1 NI

    Poor defending from Northern Ireland almost lets in the Faroes. When the ball is pumped into the box, Gareth McAuley almost slices into his own net.

  88. CLOSE!

    Gibraltar 0-1 RoI

    The Republic almost make it 2-0 seconds later when Jon Walters has a pop from 25 yards out and his dipping effort is tipped over by the worried keeper.

  89. GOAL - Gibraltar 0-1 RoI

    Cyrus Christie

    A quality goal from Cyrus Christie settles the Republic's nerves - the Derby full-back playing a neat one-two and then cutting into the area where he stabs a low shot across the keeper and into the back of the net.

    Republic of Ireland celebrate
  90. Faroes 0-1 NI

    The Faroes try and catch out NI by switching play from left to right, but good defending from Chris Brunt who is alert to the danger and puts the ball out of play. From the corner, the hosts are pressed back into their own half.

  91. GOAL

    Germany 2-0 Poland

    First it was Thomas Muller and now Mario Gotze. World champions Germany are cruising at home to Poland and there's only 25 minutes gone.

    Brazil know how that feels...

    As it stands the Germans are going one point clear of the Poles at the top of Group D - with Scotland and Republic of Ireland trailing behind.

    Germany Poland
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    Faroes 0-1 NI

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  93. CLOSE!

    Faroes 0-1 NI

    Oliver Norwood's fantastic set-piece delivery continues to cause problems and Niall McGinn should do better when the ball lands at his feet 12 yards out and he stabs wide.

  94. Gibraltar 0-0 RoI

    Robbie Keane hits a raking ball from the left flank into the side netting.

  95. Post update

    Faroes 0-1 NI

    Danny Wilson

    BBC Radio 5 live in Torshavn

    "Northern Ireland look very controlled and confident. They really haven't let the atmosphere get to them at all. They've stuck to their plan and it has come off really well so far. Let's hope it continues too."

  96. Faroes 0-1 NI

    All of the Northern Ireland attacks are coming down the left. Remember, the Faroes' first-choice right-back is not available because he's sitting his electrician exams.

  97. Faroes 0-1 NI

    That was seriously bad marking from the Faroe Islands for the goal. Loads of defenders around the ball, but nobody taking responsibility.

  98. DISALLOWED GOAL

    Gibraltar 0-0 RoI

    Jonathan Walters

    Ireland think they have broken the deadlock, but Jonathan Walters's diving header from Robbie Keane's pass is ruled out for offside. Only a matter of time before the first goal comes.

  99. Post update

    Faroes 0-1 NI

    Danny Wilson

    BBC Radio 5 live in Torshavn

    Michael O'Neill

    "What a ball in, the trajectory, the pace of it, and Gareth McAuley just let it hit his head and guided the ball on goal. That was all it needed. The marking was poor though."

  100. GOAL - Faroes 0-1 NI

    Gareth McAuley

    Gareth McAuley celebrates

    Start digging out the A-Z of France, Northern Ireland fans. Your team are a step closer thanks to Gareth McAuley who, surrounded by six markers, holds off those around him to bury Oliver Norwood's well-flighted delivery into the back of the net.

  101. Post update

    Faroe Islands 0-0 Northern Ireland

    It's a good point Declan - the Torsvollur staduim only holds just over 6,000...

  102. Faroes 0-0 NI

    Chris Brunt is having plenty of possession but he's given the ball away an awful lot too. Where's the Premier League class? He needs to bring others into the game, take an extra touch.

  103. HITS THE WOODWORK

    Gibraltar 0-0 RoI

    And now Ciaran Clark rattles the bar with a header from a free-kick. He was unmarked from six yards out. Got to score. If he missed that at Villa Park, Tim Sherwood would be throwing gilets around.

  104. Gibraltar 0-0 RoI

    There's some desperate defending from Gibraltar already. There's no composure, they just stab the ball clear whenever it comes near them.

  105. GREAT SAVE!

    Gibraltar 0-0 RoI

    Chance for Ireland, who win a free-kick on the edge of the box. It's a fine, curling effort from Robbie Brady but the goalkeeper springs to his left and palms clear.

  106. Post update

    Faroe Islands 0-0 Northern Ireland

    Danny Wilson

    BBC Radio 5 live in Torshavn

    "The essence of this evening's play seems to be to get the ball into wide areas and into the box as quickly as you can. It's promising so far, from Northern Ireland. Faroe Islands have barely got out of their half."

  107. Faroes 0-0 NI

    A solid start from the visitors, who seem to have got to grips with the artificial pitch quite well. Chris Brunt is being given plenty of space down the left and looks NI's best attacking option at present.

  108. Gibraltar 0-0 RoI

    Republic of Ireland fans

    Patient build-up play from Republic of Ireland, who are well supported in Portugal tonight. Decent little away trip this. No chances as of yet though.

  109. Faroes 0-0 NI

    Stuart Dallas wins an early corner for Northern Ireland, which is whipped in by Chris Brunt. However, the Faroes head clear and when Brunt gets hold of the ball again outside the area, he slices it into Row Z.

  110. KICK-OFF

    We're under way in both of our big matches this evening. Let's go.

  111. Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland

    Northern Ireland fans

    It's a sell-out in the Faroes, with 10% of the entire nation's population in the stadium this evening. We've just had a rendition of 'Eye of the Tiger' by the home supporters. Excellent.

  112. Post update

    Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland (19:45 BST)

    Danny Wilson

    BBC Radio 5 live in Torshavn

    "There are no dummies in international football and to beat teams like the Faroe Islands you need that bit of guile and skill to open them up. 

    "I'm expecting the Faroe Islands to start like a house on fire, they'll start very strongly and look to get at the Northern Ireland defence. From there it's all about how Northern Ireland react - if they can turn the tables back on them they've got a real chance."

  113. Post update

    The Gibraltar side line-up

    The teams line up for the national anthems in a windy Torshavn, while it's a balmy night in Faro where Gibraltar play their 'home' games.

  114. Almost time for kick-off

    Hoping to cheer Northern Ireland to victory

    Northern Ireland are expected to take another step towards Euro 2016 qualification
    Image caption: The excitement is building in Torshavn as Northern Ireland go for three points against the Faroes
  115. In Pole position

    Robert Lewandowski
  116. Gibraltar v Republic of Ireland

    Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill, speaking to Sky Sports: "I expected it to be difficult for Scotland, it doesn't change our mindset, we still have to win a game. The players are aware of the result but you just have to leave that out of the equation. 

    "Gibraltar have improved over the last few games and we have to be really careful. We had a problem with Seamus Coleman who felt his hamstring and thought two games in a couple of days wouldn't work out for him. 

    "Robbie Keane is in good form and is feeling much better than he did in the summer. He is fit and injury-free and hopefully can do something for us tonight."

  117. The stats you need to know

    Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland

    • Northern Ireland are unbeaten in their five previous meetings with the Faroe Islands (W3 D2).
    • Michael O’Neill’s side have won four of their opening six games, their best return in a qualifying campaign since March 2007 (Euro 2008 qualifying).
    • Kyle Lafferty has been involved in six of Northern Ireland’s eight goals in qualifying (5 goals, 1 assist).
    • Northern Ireland have scored twice or not at all in their opening six qualifying matches.
  118. Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland

    What's the best thing you've ever been given for free? I bet it's not a piece of salmon, which was given to all Faroe Islands fans before their recent game against Greece.

    I don't know the ins and outs of the scheme, but I'm hoping it was a voucher for salmon. Imagine the stench if they were placed beneath everyone's seat...

    Salmon
  119. Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland

    BBC Radio 5 live's Ali Bruce-Ball sent us this picture from the ground earlier on. There's a nice patio area at one end...

    Faroes
  120. Fifa rankings

    The new Fifa rankings came out this week and the Republic drop to 51st - their best ever ranking being 10th in the world back in 1993.

    That puts them behind Northern Ireland (41), Scotland (31), England (10) and Wales (9).

    What do you make of that? Do you pay little attention to the rankings or are you in the 'the table doesn't lie' camp?

  121. Gibraltar v Republic of Ireland

    Gibraltar
  122. The stats you need to know

    Gibraltar v Republic of Ireland

    • Ireland won the reverse of this fixture 7-0 in October 2014, with Robbie Keane netting a hat-trick within the first 18 minutes.
    • Ireland have lost just one competitive fixture under Martin O’Neill (W2 D3).
    • Two of Gibraltar’s three home qualifying games have ended in 7-0 defeats. 
    • James McLean has scored with two of his three shots on target in this qualifying campaign so far.
  123. Gibraltar v Republic of Ireland

    A quirky stat I noticed earlier is that only Albania (42) have committed fewer fouls than Gibraltar (56) in the whole of Europe during this qualifying campaign.

    In terms of fouls against them, Gibraltar have suffered fewer than anyone else - only being fouled 41 times in qualifying. To put that into context, Turkey have been awarded 111 free-kicks.

    Keep this up and Gibraltar will be in next year's Europa League via a fair play spot...

  124. 'All about bottle'

    Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland

    John O'Neill

    BBC Radio Ulster in Torshavn

    "Tonight is about bottle. Northern Ireland have beaten England and Spain at home in recent years but this is real pressure tonight, because they know they can qualify. 

    "They have to get a result but if you had to go away from home to play any of the European nations, Faroe Islands would be up there. It's a great opportunity, and if  the result goes well in Budapest tonight then Monday night's game against Hungary is going to be a tremendous occasion."

  125. Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland

    There's talk of this being the best Faroe Islands team ever. What's that? You disagree? You tell me a better one then...

    They will, however, be without right-back Bardur Hansen tonight - because he's sitting his electrician exams.

    Rather than getting sparky (!) about the problem, the Faroes coach Lars Olsen says: "These players need to make a living, so it's understandable he has to take his exam now."

  126. Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland

    Defender Gareth McAuley has assured Northern Ireland supporters that the squad will "not take their foot off the pedal" as possible qualification for Euro 2016 in France looms large.

    "If we lose focus in any way, it can come back and bite you," said McAuley.

    "We are close but there are enough experienced people in our dressing room who know how cruel football can be."

  127. Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland

    Northern Ireland have had almost double the amount of shots on goal that the Faroe Islands have managed in this qualifying campaign.

    Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland
  128. Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland

    What would it mean for Northern Ireland to qualify for the Euros? A lot!

    Victories over the Faroe Islands tonight and Hungary on Monday could be enough to seal their place in the finals in France.

    "The motivation is there because Northern Ireland needs it. Simple as that," said NI manager Michael O'Neill.

    "We need it as a country and as a group of players, as a group of supporters."

  129. Your tales of sporting celebration

    #bbcfootball

    Tony Howitt:  Driving to the parents' house listening to dying moments of Oxford v Peterborough, 1-1 with injury time to play as I parked on the drive, so the wife and kids went in while I sat in the car to listen to the last few moments. Posh scored a last-gasp winner to which I punched the windscreen in delight, shattering the window and cutting my knuckles open. I couldn't use my hand for a week and the excess to claim on insurance was invalid as it wasn't road damaged.

    Worth it though. We never used to win at Oxford...

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  130. Gibraltar v Republic of Ireland

    Robbie Keane has scored 12 goals in his last eight games for LA Galaxy
  131. Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland

    Alistair Bruce-Ball

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "Some of the purest water you'll ever find..."

    Faroe Water
  132. Elsewhere in Group F

    I imagine Northern Ireland will be rooting for Romania when they visit Budapest to face Hungary tonight. Victory for the Romanians - who are unbeaten against Hungary since 1981 - would mean Michael O'Neill's men could virtually guarantee qualification if they beat Hungary on Monday.

    I hope you got all of that! Maths isn't my strong point...

  133. Ready on Radio Ulster

    Joel Taggart is in position nice and early...

    Faroe Islands v NI
  134. Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland

    Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland
  135. Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland

    Off the beaten path the Faroes might be, but that has not stopped footballers from all over the globe turning out in the Islands' domestic league.

    Twenty-five foreigners - from 14 countries including Brazil, Nigeria, and the United States - have played in the top division this year. 

    There's more on that in this excellent feature here.

  136. Meanwhile, in Bury...

    What's the reason for this game being played at Gigg Lane, I wonder?

  137. Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland (19:45 BST)

    And speaking of Northern Ireland fans...

    View more on twitter

    IBF super-bantamweight champion Carl Frampton is not a man you want to disappoint...

  138. The match before the match

    Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland (19:45 BST)

    This is a lovely touch. Northern Ireland fans who travelled to Torshavn for a game with their Faroe Island counterparts before tonight's fixture brought a bottle of whisky to swap with their hosts. 

    Not a bad deal that  - in the photo below there's a bit of triangle-shaped cloth going the other way. Still though, the Faroese bloke (in tracksuit and jeans) doesn't look all that pleased.

    And in case you were wondering, Northern Ireland won, 1-0...

  139. All ready to go

    Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland

  140. England v San Marino

    England play on Saturday against San Marino and manager Roy Hodgson, speaking to the media about half an hour ago, confirmed Jonjo Shelvey, John Stones and Jamie Vardy will all start.

  141. And up front for Gibraltar today is...

    Ireland

    Hang on... what's this? Has Thomas Muller thrown his lot in with Gibraltar? Mario Gotze too? Fed up of winning every week with Bayern and Germany are they?

    Not quite... this is (obviously!) a mistake from a newspaper. Easily done, but I bet it caused a few Ireland fans to gag on their cornflakes momentarily this morning.

  142. Gibraltar v Republic of Ireland

    Three points are seen as something of a Shay (Given!) for the Republic tonight, and former manager Brian Kerr says questions will be asked if that is not achieved.

    But what else does Brian want from tonight's game?

    Well, according to his column in the Irish Times, he wants to top up his tan. That should be quite achievable since the temperature in Gibraltar has been hovering around 80 degrees all week.

    A round of golf in the morning too, Brian?

  143. How it stands

    And here's how the table looks in Group D after Scotland's defeat.

    Group D
  144. Your tales of sporting celebration

    Post on the MOTD Facebook page

    Vladmir Smicer

    Glenn Pevy: Still got the scar on my knee from sliding across the carpet floor when Smicer made it 3-2 in the Champions League final 2005.

    Allan Thomas Woodward: Never broken a bone however when Caley Thistle scored the winning goal in the cup final last season I ended up eight rows forward after falling in celebration.  

    Chris Bramley Daggers away at Hendon in the Isthmian league in about 98/99 ish. Daggers scored and the roof of the stand was so low that when I jumped in celebration I smashed my hand on it!  

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  145. Get Involved

    #bbcfootball

    Right, if your team scores tonight I expect a celebration like the one produced by a Welsh fan last night. Watch the video here.

    In fact, let's go one better. For tonight's 'get involved', let's be having your tales of sporting celebrations. Have you ever broken a bone when a goal went in? Perhaps you spent a few hundred quid on fireworks once?

    Let's have your best stories - even your celebratory selfies when the goals fly in tonight. Send them to #bbcfootball or post to the BBC Sport Facebook and Google+ pages.

  146. Gibraltar v Republic of Ireland

    Speaking before tonight's games, Ireland striker Robbie Keane says he wouldn't be paying much attention to events in Georgia.

    "I would be disappointed if the players approached it in a different way because they knew the result of the Scotland match," he said.

    "We will be fully focused on the job and I will make sure the players will be doing that."

    Best to look at your phone discreetly - perhaps when Robbie nips to the loo, lads...  

  147. Scotland lose in Georgia

    The full-time whistle has gone in Tbilisi, where Scotland have suffered a dreadful 1-0 defeat against Georgia. If Republic of Ireland beat Gibraltar later this evening, Gordon Strachan's men will drop out of the play-off places with three matches to go. Their next game? World champions Germany at home.

  148. Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland

    Alistair Bruce-Ball

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator in the Faroe Islands

    "The Faroe Islands are very remote and rugged, but beautiful with it. Of the Faroese fans I have spoken to today, they are very confident they can win tonight."

  149. Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland

    So what do you know about the Faroe Islands? I'll be honest, my knowledge is sketchy but I have heard them pop up on the Shipping Forecast when the cricket is interrupted on the radio. That tells me it's likely to be a windy place!  

    In fact, the Faroe Islands are a long way from anywhere.

    Midway between Iceland and Norway, and around 200 miles north of Scotland, the country sits in the wind-whipped North Atlantic.

    It's certainly off the beaten path.

  150. Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland

    So, Michael McGovern is preferred to Roy Carroll in goal for Northern Ireland tonight. We've tried to find a good picture of Michael, but this is the only one which came up in our search.

    Sorry, Michael.

    Michael McGovern
  151. How it stands

    The Faroe Islands are not the whipping boys they once were. Their six points came when they completed the double over Euro 2004 champions Greece.

    It's been a campaign to remember.

    Group F
  152. Team news

    Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland

    Hamilton Academical keeper Michael McGovern keeps his place in goal after deputising for Roy Carroll in the 0-0 draw against Romania in June.

    McGovern keeps his place on form, and the fact that Hamilton play on an artificial surface could well have been a factor in Michael O’Neill keeping faith with the 31-year-old from County Fermanagh.

    The rest of the team is as expected, with striker Kyle Lafferty – lacking game time with Norwich City – aiming to add to the five goals he has scored already in the Group F campaign.

    NI starting XI: McGovern, McLaughlin, McAuley, Evans, Baird, McGinn, Davis, Lafferty, Brunt, Dallas, Norwood.

  153. Team news

    Gibraltar v Republic of Ireland (19:45 BST)

    Record goalscorer Robbie Keane starts up front for Republic of Ireland, looking to add to his haul of 65 international goals. Stoke man Jonathan Walters is his partner.

    Everton's James McCarthy starts in midfield after overcoming a knee injury.

  154. Elsewhere around Europe

    In Group D, the top two face off as they look to take a big step towards Euro 2016. Top-of-the-table Poland - unbeaten in their six games - travel to neighbouring Germany, who could drop out of the qualification places if they lose and Scotland win (looking unlikely now!).

    In Group F, unbeaten Romania can continue their run by avoiding defeat against third-placed Hungary , while Finland go to Greece, who have had a wretched qualifying so far, bottom and winless.

    In Group I, Denmark can go top ahead of Portugal if they defeat Albania, with bottom side Serbia - on minus two points following their abandoned match against Albania - hosting Armenia.

  155. Coming up on BBC radio

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Steven Davis, Gareth Bale, Darren Fletcher, Wayne Rooney

    You can listen to full match commentary of tonight's Northern Ireland game on BBC Radio 5 live, with build-up to begin at 19:00 BST. 

    And there's plenty more European Championship qualifying on the way, too. Here's what's coming up on the station over the next few days:

    Saturday: (All kick-off times BST)

    San Marino v England (17:00)

    Sunday:

    Wales v Israel (17:00)

    Monday:

    Scotland v Germany (19:45)

    OR

    Northern Ireland v Hungary (19:45)

    Tuesday:

    England v Switzerland (19:45)

  156. Get Involved

    #bbcfootball

    Northern Ireland also host Hungary on Monday...

  157. Gibraltar v Republic of Ireland

  158. Scotland latest

    Before we press ahead, let me tell you that Scotland are losing 1-0 against Georgia in their crucial Group D qualifier in Tbilisi. It's a big result for the Republic of Ireland if it stays this way. Follow the closing stages here.

  159. Gibraltar v Republic of Ireland

    Of course, the Republic of Ireland are also in action tonight as they look to keep pace with Scotland, Germany and Poland. Nothing less than a thumping win will do against a Gibraltar side who have scored once in six matches - and conceded 34.

  160. Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland

    Evening! How is everyone? Northern Ireland are tantalisingly close to qualifying for the European Championship for the first time in their history.Three points in the Faroes tonight and they are almost there. Suffer a shock loss and the panic will set in.

    Let's see if the Green and White Army will be dancing on the streets of Torshavn tonight.

  161. Evening!

    Faroe Islands

    It's an idyllic destination - one which has been voted as the world's most appealing island community by National Geographic.

    There are just three sets of traffic lights on the island, no prisons (they don't do crime) and certainly no fast food restaurants with their shiny golden arch logo.

    Yep, the Faroe Islands is a nice, wee place to visit.

    But it could become the stuff of nightmares for Northern Ireland tonight if they don't do the business on the football field.