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Switzerland beat N Ireland on penalty

VICTIM MENTALITY:Northern Ireland have compared their qualifier loss to Ireland’s 2010 shock, saying that this is worse because it was a ‘wrong decision’ by the referee

AP, BELFAST

The Swiss continued to pour forward and Blerim Dzemaili’s ball in the 54th minute was missed by the sliding Seferovic with the goal gaping.

The disputed goal came four minutes later and despite a more energetic tempo from the hosts afterward, they failed to create anything meaningful.

The return leg is to be played in Basel, Switzerland tomorrow.

It has been 31 years since Northern Ireland last played at a World Cup.

“We are kind of in a situation where ... we are a little bit of a victim and we’ve got nothing to lose,” O’Neill said. “We will see how the Swiss deal with that on their own territory.”

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