It was to be a night of disappointment for Rovers pair Corry Evans and Charlie Mulgrew on Monday evening.
Evans' Northern Ireland and Mulgrew's Scotland were on the end of defeats on home turf, with Germany and Belgium earning victories against the Rovers pair.
Evans lined up on the right side of midfield for his country at Windsor Park as the top two in Group C battled it out in Belfast.
It was an impressive display from the hosts, but they couldn't stop a star-studded Germans side from earning a 2-0 victory in the Northern Irish capital.
Marcel Halstenberg's outstanding volley put the visitors ahead before Bayern Munich forward Serge Gnabry made the result safe in the final moments.
Evans played the full 90 minutes on his 55th appearance for his country, as Germany leapfrogged Northern Ireland to the summit of the group.
Elsewhere, Scotland's hopes of qualifying for a first major tournament in over 20 years look even more remote following a home hammering against Belgium.
Mulgrew, who is on a season-long loan at Wigan Athletic, started the clash against Roberto Martinez's side, who raced into a three-goal lead before half time, with the strikes coming from Romelu Lukaku, Thomas Vermaelen and Toby Alderweireld.
Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne assisted each of those three goals and he finished the emphatic victory late on with a goal of his own to earn a 4-0 away victory for the Red Devils.