Controversy as Switzerland beats Northern Ireland 1-0

After rupturing his cruciate ligament Brunt was dealt the heartache of missing Euro 2016

Northern Ireland's Corry Evans was controversially adjudged to have handled inside the area which allowed Switzerland to take the lead from the penalty spot in their World Cup play-off.

After a goalless first half, Switzerland piled on the pressure, sending wave after wave at the Northern Ireland goal.

Switzerland got behind their defence in the 18th minute, Haris Seferovic stretching to reach Shaqiri's terrific pass over the top and poke in a volley that Michael McGovern had to claw away.

Ricardo Rodriguez duly converted the penalty in the 58th minute, putting the Swiss in the driving seat to qualify for their fourth World Cup in a row.

Seconds into the second half, Shaqiri nearly curled into the top corner, but the ball went narrowly wide.

However, they failed to register a single effort on target in the opening 45 minutes, which might have concluded with a Swiss goal had Stephan Lichtsteiner kept his feet from Blerim Dzemaili's flick-on.

"Our support has been fantastic and they will come to support us again".

This, however, was not the way the referee saw it - awarding a penalty for handball by the defender, who also received a yellow card which would rule him out of the second leg in Basel on Sunday.

It's been 31 years since Northern Ireland last played at a World Cup and that run doesn't look like ending any time soon.



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