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Michael O’Neill says Northern Ireland must treat their two upcoming video games towards the Netherlands as a “play-off” to succeed in Euro 2020.

The two nations meet in Rotterdam on Thursday, dwell on Sky Sports, earlier than the Dutch journey to Belfast for the reverse fixture on November 16.

Northern Ireland are three factors forward of the Netherlands in Group C, having performed one recreation extra in qualifying.

Germany prime the group with a superior aim distinction to Northern Ireland and O’Neill believes his facet are actually combating for second place behind the three-time European champions.

When requested the place a win over the Netherlands would rank in Northern Irish soccer historical past, O’Neill mentioned: “We’re underneath no illusions how tough the sport will probably be [but] I do not form of categorise achievements in that means.

“We are in a state of affairs the place, having spoken to the gamers, we’re basically in a play-off state of affairs with Holland. We have to get 4 factors out of that.

“They have a stronger place in that play-off as a result of they acquired three factors towards Germany. That’s the way in which we’re going to should strategy this recreation and the sport in Belfast.

“That’s the job that is in entrance of us. It’s not a straightforward job by any means however we all know to provide ourselves an opportunity by way of automated qualification, we’ve got to attempt to take one thing from the sport on Thursday evening.”

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