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5 big upsets that Martin O'Neill has masterminded as a manager

The Ireland boss will be hoping his side can get a shock result on Thursday night.

Sunderland 1-0 Man City (2012)

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JI DONG-WON’S injury-time goal meant mid-table Sunderland overcame the league leaders on New Year’s Day.

Man United 0-1 Aston Villa (2009)

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Aston Villa went third in the table with 16 games played after ending their 26-year wait for a victory at Old Trafford, after Gabriel Agbonlahor hit a 21st minute winner.

Celtic 1-0 Barcelona (2004)

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Celtic keeper Robert Douglas and Barcelona midfielder Thiago Motta were sent off following a melee in the tunnel, while Barca striker Javier Saviola was also dismissed. Alan Thompson’s goal gave Celtic a 1-0 win on the night, while they held firm in the second leg, earning a 0-0 draw to progress to the next round of the Uefa Cup.

Celtic 4-3 Juventus (2001)

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Goals from Joos Valgaeren, Henrik Larsson and a Chris Sutton brace saw Celtic earn a famous victory in a highly entertaining Champions League game.

Man United 0-1 Leicester (1998)

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A pretty impressive result given that this was the same Man United team that would go on to win the treble just over a year later. Tony Cottee and some wasteful United finishing contributed to a rare Leicester win at Old Trafford.

Originally published on 7 October at 19.30

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