Sky Sports News' Paul Gilmour reflects on Northern Ireland's encouraging World Cup qualification draw - on and off the pitch - with Switzerland.
Bailey Peacock-Farrell's penalty save earned Northern Ireland a point as they fought out a goalless World Cup qualifying draw against Switzerland at Windsor Park.
Northern Ireland survived a second-half scare to secure a vital 4-1 win against Lithuania and boost their chances in World Cup Qualifying.
Northern Ireland will be without Stuart Dallas for Thursday's crunch World Cup Qualifier against Lithuania.
The road to Qatar 2022 for European nations is up and running with UEFA's 55 member associations embarking on their qualifying campaign to reach the finals next year.
Team news and stats ahead of the international friendly between Ukraine and Northern Ireland on Thursday, live on Sky Sports (kick-off 7pm).
Shamrock Rovers will play Slovan Bratislava in the first qualifying round while Linfield face Zalgiris Vilnius and Connah's Quay Nomads take on Alashkert.
Ian Baraclough called Stuart Dallas "the natural choice" to captain Northern Ireland in Sunday's friendly against Malta in Austria.
Jonny Evans and Steven Davis will miss Northern Ireland's friendlies against Malta and Ukraine while uncapped duo Conor Bradley and Sam McClelland have been called up.
Northern Ireland will play Malta in a friendly in Austria on May 31 after their trip to Turkey was cancelled.
Plans for the Irish Cup final are going ahead despite beaten semi-finalists Crusaders taking legal advice over their penalty shootout defeat to Larne.