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World Cup 2018: N Ireland's play-off place confirmed after Scotland draw

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Jonny Evans and Josh Magennis are among six Northern Ireland players walking a disciplinary tightrope
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How to follow:Listen on BBC Radio Ulster; text commentary on the BBC Sport websiteNorthern Ireland's place in the World Cup play-offs has been confirmed before they play Norway on Sunday night after Scotland drew 2-2 away to Slovenia.The result means that NI are assured of being one of the eight best second-placed teams from the nine groups in the European qualifying series.A win for NI in Norway could still be crucial to securing a place as one of the seeded teams for the play-off draw.
The highest four teams in the October 16 Fifa rankings will be seeded.Scotland's draw in Slovenia also means that Sweden, Denmark and Greece have clinched play-off places, along with Italy and either Portugal or Switzerland.The draw for the November play-offs will take place a day later and although Northern Ireland currently occupy their highest ever ranking, 20th, their place among the seeds hangs in the balance.Northern Ireland have already won six games in this campaign, more than they have in any other previous World Cup qualifying series.Manager Michael O'Neill has named his strongest Northern Ireland team for the game with Norway in Oslo, despite six players being one booking away from suspension.Jonny Evans, Steven Davis, Corry Evans, Oliver Norwood, Stuart Dallas and Josh Magennis are all on one caution going into Sunday's final Group C match.A yellow card for any of the six key players would rule them out of a play-off first leg.Leeds United winger Stuart Dallas and QPR striker Conor Washington, who were both introduced from the substitutes' bench in the 3-1 defeat by Germany on Thursday night, are included at the expense of Rangers defender Lee Hodson and Hearts forward Kyle Lafferty."I have to do the right thing and the right thing is to try and win the game," said O'Neill.Despite two defeats by Germany, second-placed Northern Ireland have more points than some group leaders.Who needs what to qualify for Russia next year[/img]

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Bournemouth's Joshua King will be missing for Norway in Oslo"I think everyone will keep a cool head," said goalkeeper Michael McGovern. "At times in football you get booked for small things, especially in international football."The bookings carry on into the play-offs so it is incredibly harsh - but it was good we didn't pick up any cards against Germany."We have such a small squad, we cannot afford to lose too many players."Norway striker Joshua King will miss Sunday's match because of a hamstring injury.The Bournemouth player scored twice in his country's 8-0 win over San Marino on Thursday but came off around the hour mark.The 25-year-old has netted five times in the World Cup qualifiers, more than any other Norway or Northern Ireland player.
Line-ups
Line-ups
Norway
12Nyland
16Svensson
6Nordtveit
4Reginiussen
2Meling
11Elyounoussi
15Berge
19Henriksen
8Johansen
21Soerloth
9Soederlund
Substitutes
1Jarstein
3Skjelvik
5Valsvik
7Johnsen
10Elyounoussi
13Rosted
14Elabdellaoui
17Linnes
18Selnaes
22Grytebust
23Berget
Northern Ireland
1McGovern
2McLaughlin
4McAuley
5Evans
11Brunt
8Davis
13Evans
16Norwood
21Magennis
9Washington
14Dallas
Substitutes
3Ferguson
6Hodson
7McGinn
10Lafferty
12Mannus
15Paton
17Flanagan
18Lafferty
19Saville
20Morris
22Lund
23Carroll
Referee:Sergey Boyko
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