Corry Evans' Euro 2016 adventure is set to continue, despite Northern Ireland's 1-0 defeat to Germany in Paris.
The Czech Republic's 2-0 defeat to Turkey on Tuesday night ensured that Northern Ireland would qualify as one of the four best third-placed teams, as they boast a better goal difference than Albania and Turkey.
It is only the third time in Northern Ireland's history at major tournaments that they have reached the knockout stage, where they will face either Wales or hosts France.
After starring in their 2-0 victory over Ukraine, Evans retained his place in the starting line-up for the final group game against Germany at the Parc des Princes.
In a very one-sided encounter, Northern Ireland had goalkeeper Michael McGovern to thank, as he pulled off a string of sensational saves to keep the World Champions at bay.
However, the out-of-contract keeper was powerless to prevent Mario Gomez from scoring the game's only goal on 29 minutes.
Evans played 84 minutes before being replaced by Niall McGinn and the Rovers midfielder can now look forward to another mouthwatering match in the last 16.