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Michael O'Neill's men begin their campaign

By Graeme Bailey - Tweet me: @skygraemebailey.   Last Updated: 07/09/12 4:09pm

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Michael O'Neill: First qualifier with Northern Ireland

Michael O'Neill: First qualifier with Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland begin their World Cup qualifying campaign with a tough looking trip to Russia.

Michael O'Neill embarks on his first qualifying match in charge after taking over from Nigel Worthington late last year.

The Northern Irish have not qualified for the World Cup since 1986 and they have a difficult task on their hands to come through Group F.

Portugal and Russia are firm favourites to progress from a group also containing Israel, Azerbaijan and Luxembourg.

O'Neill goes into the game with one of his strongest squads available to him with Fulham's Aaron Hughes back in the squad after being persuaded out of retirement earlier this year.

With Manchester United's Jonny Evans and Hughes's Fulham team-mate Chris Baird and West Brom's Gareth McAuley included, then O'Neill could name and all-Premier League defence.

Newcastle left sider Shane Ferguson has been ruled out through injury, along with Burnley's Martin Paterson, Aberdeen's Niall McGinn and Paddy McCourt of Celtic.

Chris Brunt and Steven Davis are both available and could line-up in central midfield whilst Kyle Lafferty - now at Sion looks set to take a lone striking role.

New Russia boss Fabio Capello takes charge of his first competitive game since leaving England.

The Italian has already looked to make some sweeping changes to the Russian squad, which failed to live up to expectations at Euro 2012.

Roman Pavlyuchenko, Andrey Arshavin and Pavel Pogrebnyak have all been left out.

Yuri Zhirkov and Sergei Semak were both sidelined through injury with Igor Denisov named by Capello as his new captain.

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Matches

  • FIFA World Cup European Qualifying

    Fri 7th Sep - Group F
    Fri 7th Sep - Group C
    • Kazakhstan
      1 - 2
      Rep Ireland
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    • Germany
      3 - 0
      Faroe Islands
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    Fri 7th Sep - Group G
    • Liechtenstein
      1 - 8
      Bos & Herz
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    • Lithuania
      1 - 1
      Slovakia
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    • Latvia
      1 - 2
      Greece
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    Fri 7th Sep - Group I
    Fri 7th Sep - Group B
    Fri 7th Sep - Group D
    Fri 7th Sep - Group A
    Fri 7th Sep - Group E
    Fri 7th Sep - Group H

Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4

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