Pain for Northern Ireland

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Northern Ireland´s Euro 2008 qualification hopes fizzled out as a deflected Spain goal condemned them to a 1-0 defeat in Gran Canaria.

Xavi´s fortuitous second-half strike brought Northern Ireland´s dreams to an end while Sweden beat Latvia 2-1 to rule out the Province´s hopes anyway.

The Ulstermen ended their thrilling campaign on a relative low, with Xavi´s long-range drive careering off Sammy Clingan´s head to wrong-foot Maik Taylor.

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