15/12/1982 Tirana Albania 0-0
Jim Platt, Jimmy Nicholl, Mal Donaghy, John O’Neill, John McClelland, Ian Stewart, Norman Whiteside, Martin O’Neill, Billy Hamilton, Sammy McIlroy, Noel Brotherston
Northern Ireland were held to a scoreless draw in Tirana, but West Germany, defeated home and away by Northern Ireland, squeezed through on goal difference thanks to a late 2-1 home win against . . . yes you’ve guessed it Albania.
If Billy Bingham’s men had won in Tirana they would have gone through a point ahead of the Germans. Such are the quirks of fate in sport.