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Switzerland seal World Cup spot

Afp, Basel     13th November, 2017 10:47:25 printer

Switzerland held off Northern Ireland to seal a place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia with a 0-0 second-leg draw on Sunday that secured a 1-0 aggregate play-off victory.


Vladimir Petkovic’s side wasted numerous first-half chances as the Northern Irish stayed in the tie, but Ricardo Rodriguez’s controversial first-leg penalty in Belfast proved enough for the Swiss to reach their fourth consecutive World Cup.


“It was very hard, there was a lot of pressure,” Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer told television channel RTS.


“Everyone said it was almost done, but against teams like that it’s a fight. I’m very excited we’ve achieved our goal.


Northern Ireland fell short in their bid to reach a final since 1986.