Steven Davis urges Northern Ireland team-mates to use penalty upset as motivation

Northern Ireland's Corry Evans is exasperated after Thursday night's penalty award

Saturday's World Cup qualifying playoff between Switzerland and Northern Ireland was an ugly match on a muddy pitch, with neither team able to find the back of the net.

'I think we have to leave it.

"It's unfortunate that we were not more efficient because it would have been easier". "I know we can maybe play a little bit better and this maybe is the key for tomorrow".

Then, nine minutes after the break, Northern Ireland almost went ahead and levelled the tie.

The first leg was decided by an incredible penalty decision that led to an undeserved defeat for Martin O'Neil's side at Windsor Park and they now need to find two goals and a clean sheet away in Switzerland to reach Russian Federation. To discuss whether it was a penalty or not, it's not interesting for us and in the end it was a decision by the referee.

O'Neill replaced Kyle Lafferty up front with Queens Park Rangers striker Conor Washington, while the hosts named an unchanged starting XI.

The Green and White Army will spend years seething over Ovidiu Hategan's decision to give a spot-kick for a handball against Corry Evans at Windsor Park, with the Northern Irish unable to overcome the deficit in a 0-0 draw at St Jakob-Park.

The Swiss finally awoke as Haris Seferovic glanced Xherdan Shaqiri's cross wide and Blerim Dzemaili's drive across the six-yard box was diverted over by Gareth McAuley's outstretched leg.

It was Rodriguez's turn next to venture forward and take aim with a chance that McGovern may have struggled to keep out had it been on target.

Switzerland had become frustrated by their inability to kill the tie off, and Washington created a good chance for George Saville to break the deadlock, only for the Millwall midfielder to curl tamely at Sommer.

Jonny Evans even had an injury time header cleared off the line by Thursday's scorer Ricardo Rodriguez as Northern Ireland piled on the pressure.



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