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 By Chris Wright

Northern Ireland 'level up' on way to Russia with cool Super Mario video

With a playoff against Switzerland now the only thing standing between them and the 2018 World Cup, Northern Ireland have marked their amazing achievement in fitting fashion.

Taking a hefty slice of inspiration from Nintendo's classic Super Mario franchise, Northern Ireland have produced a brilliant little retro-tinged video showing them "levelling up" by seeing off the likes of the Czech Republic and Azerbaijan in the group stage.

The Green and White Army now face a two-legged confrontation with a final boss, namely the Swiss national side, in early November as they continue on the road to Koopa's Castle.

By which, of course, we mean the World Cup.

Chris covers the funny side of the game for ESPN FC in the Toe Poke blog.

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