Published: Sun, November 12, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Action from World Cup play-off second leg

Action from World Cup play-off second leg

Northern Ireland had very few chances to score, with both of their decent ones coming at either end of the match.

And Jonny Evans went desperately close to forcing extra-time in stoppage-time, but Rodriguez saved Switzerland with a clearance off the line and that proved to be Northern Ireland's final chance, as Switzerland clinched their spot at the FIFA World Cup.

"I think that we were the better team in the first leg and we want to show that again tomorrow and qualify for Russian Federation tomorrow night".

But Davis says the players have put the decision behind them and has backed his side to turn the tie around on Sunday as they look to secure World Cup qualification.

Michael O'Neill's men earned a 0-0 draw in Basel after a much-improved display, Switzerland edging over the line care of their contentious penalty and 1-0 win at Windsor Park on Thursday evening.

"The Swiss will be confident because they have a good record here, but we also believe we can play better than what we showed the other night as well", he added.


'To discuss the penalty, and whether it was a penalty or not, it is the decision of the referee and not of interest to us'.

Switzerland continued to push for a crucial opening goal, but Gareth McAuley did well to help Blerim Dzemaili's shot over the crossbar, and Benfica striker Seferovic again headed a Shaqiri delivery off target.

Northern Ireland then made three changes after the 75-minute mark, bringing on Jordan Jones, Josh Magennis and Paddy McNair for Jamie Ward, Oliver Norwood and Conor Washington respectively.

The Norwich City keeper was called into action once more before the half-hour mark, keeping out Steven Zuber's low drive with his legs.

But they did not and it would not have taken much to go differently - just a re-balancing of luck - for Michael O'Neill's men to be booking their flights to Russian Federation on Monday morning.

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