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Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neil has blasted his squad after losing to Luxembourg in their World Cup qualifier last night.

The hosts Luxembourg's win was only their fourth in World Cup football ever and their first at home in 41 years.

In fact the tiny country are ranked 140th in the world, the only European teams ranked lower are San Marino, Andorra, Liechtenstein and the Faroe Islands. 

That didn't stop them from putting three gaols past former Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll.

It looked as though it would be the comfortable night the visitors would have expected when they took the lead after 14 minutes through Martin Patterson.

However, Aurelien Joachim equalised and with time running out Stefano Bensi had turned it around.

Gareth McAuley looked to have spared his side's blushes with an 82nd minute equaliser but Mathias Janisch's strike completed the home side's amazing night.

"We did not deserve anything out of the game - Luxembourg were better than us," O'Neill told BBC Sport.

"We have no right to think we are better than them. Our energy and work rate was not at the level required.

"We were fortunate to go ahead and we didn't learn from that. Then after we get level, we lose from a set-piece."

The loss is made all the worse after so nearly shocking Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal on Friday night.

"This is a team that needs to find ways to win games," O'Neill continued.

"We've had a lot of plaudits in the last couple of games but the reality is it counts for little when you come and play like tonight.

"It's OK lifting it for Portugal and Russia, but we needed that tonight. When we're down gears we're average.

"In these games when we are expected to win, we need to bring the basic ingredients to win a football match.

"We did not manage the game well when we were on top and we did not deserve anything from the game. Luxembourg were the better team on the night."

Northern Ireland's chances of qualifying for the World Cup had already been quashed before this result and they have six points from eight games in Group F.

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