Can Northern Ireland pull off a miracle in Paris? | Euro 2016

They may be long odds (15:1), but a win against world champions Germany would confirm Northern Ireland’s progression to the knock-out stages in their first ever European Championships.

The Green and White Army produced a remarkable underdog 2-0 victory against Ukraine last week.

Defender Gareth McAuley and winger Niall McGinn were unlikely scorers for Northern Ireland in torturous conditions conditions at Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon.

Northern Ireland are likely to stick to the same defensive structure, and push hard on the break when the opportunity arises.

If there was ever a time to cause an upset against Germany it’s now, after a less than convincing start to their European Championship campaign.

Northern Ireland have only recorded one loss in their last 14 matches, and have not conceded more than two goals in a match since 2014.

After a nervy start against Poland, Northern Ireland looked positive in attack recording 13 shots with seven on target against Ukraine.

Can Northern Ireland keep the dream alive and the Will Grigg chant going? Mats Hummels even wants to swap shirts with Grigg, after the “Will Grigg’s on fire chant’ has gone viral all around the world.

“I will ask him to exchange shirts with him but I think many of my colleagues will have the same idea. I hope, he won’t score against us but I am already a huge fan of him and his story.”

Ari Charilaou