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NORTH­ERN IRE­LAND man­ager Michael O’Neill says a ram­pant Germany are al­most impossible to stop af­ter the world cham­pi­ons’ dom­i­nant 2-0 win in a World Cup qual­i­fier. “We came here with a plan to try and nul­lify a fan­tas­tic team with fan­tas­tic play­ers, which is only good if you can keep them to zero,” said O’Neill, whose side has four points from three games and faces an up­hill bat­tle to get to the World Cup. “We con­ceded the first goal, it was a great fin­ish from Draxler, but it was dis­ap­point­ing to lose the sec­ond goal from a cor­ner. We looked like we could get a goal when we coun­tered in the first-half and we showed a good spirit to keep them to two goals. But I’m not sure there is a sys­tem which can contain Germany at this mo­ment in time. It’s not just the tac­ti­cal side of it, it’s the enor­mous qual­ity and ath­leti­cism of their play­ers.”

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