TalkSPORT World Cup play-off coverage on November 12, 2017

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

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

Corry Evans is suspended after being booked in the controversial penalty incident, in the first leg, which Ricardo Rodriguez scored from.

CONOR Washington's World Cup dream is over after Northern Ireland failed to overcome Switzerland on Sunday evening. 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.

"It was decided by a really poor decision and a penalty that should never have been", O'Neill said.

The Northern Ireland boss previously signed an extension in March 2016 which will see him contracted until June 2020.

The Swiss could have done it in style as they dominated the first hour but squandered a hatful of chances.

Now the challenge for arguably Switzerland's most talented team in decades is to go beyond the last 16 at a major tournament.

At 26, Xherdan Shaqiri is heading to his third World Cup, while Granit Xhaka and Rodriquez, both 25 and playing for Arsenal and AC Milan, respectively, have matured as standouts from the 2009 Under-17 World Cup-winning team.

For a team aiming to be the first in 32 years to represent Northern Ireland at a World Cup, and one O'Neill had called more deserving of success than anyone else in his programme notes, it was a harsh blow.

We were the better team and we want to show it again on Sunday and qualify for Russian Federation. But then in added time Chris Brunt swung over a cross from the left, Jonny Evans got up at the far post and headed at goal.

Northern Ireland was lucky to level at halftime as rain poured down again.

Chris Brunt anxious the hosts first, forcing Yann Sommer into a flying save to keep a stunning 30-yard drive out of the top-right corner, before Seferovic inexplicably failed to direct Shaqiri's pinpoint cross beyond Michael McGovern with a glancing header.

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