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.