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90' + 2'
C. Brown
Yellow Card
D. Zakaria
Yellow Card
J. Lewis
Yellow Card
H. Seferović
Penalty Miss
B. Peacock-Farrell
Penalty Save

Match Stats

24% 75%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 0 3
Total Passes 225 699
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Live table
Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Italy ITA Italy 6 4 2 0 12 1 +11 14 W D D W W
2 Switzerland SUI Switzerland 6 4 2 0 10 1 +9 14 W W D D W
3 Bulgaria BUL Bulgaria 7 2 2 3 6 10 -4 8 W L W D D
4 Northern Ireland NIR Northern Ireland 6 1 2 3 5 7 -2 5 L L D W D
5 Lithuania LTU Lithuania 7 1 0 6 4 18 -14 3 L W L L L


Final Tournament


That's all for now though, goodbye!
The result means that Northern Ireland climb to third - three points behind second-place Switzerland.
It ends 0-0 after a tight game at Windsor Park. Northern Ireland started brightly: Lavery went close after a brilliant run as the hosts startled Switzerland with their intensity. However, the visitors worked their way into the game and should have taken the lead when Smith conceded a penalty following a foul on Vargas. Seferovic's spot-kick was tame though, and Peacock-Farrell was able to save it comfortably. The second half was just as tight. Saville had a close-range strike blocked for the hosts, while Akanji couldn't quite reach a Vargas cross. Ultimately though, neither side could claim that they deserved all three points and it ended 0-0.   
90' + 3' FULL TIME: Northern Ireland 0-0 Switzerland
C. Brown
Yellow Card
90' + 2' Brown is booked for kicking the ball away after the referee had blown his whistle.
90' + 2' Zuber darts inside from the right and fires a wild effort high and wide from 25 yards. 
90' + 1' Three minutes of stoppage time are added on as Northern Ireland continue to drop deeper and deeper.
89' Switzerland are pushing hard for a winner as we approach stoppage time. 
M. Aebischer
D. Zakaria
86' Switzerland make two more changes. The first sees Zakaria make way for Aebischer in midfield.
Jordan Jones
S. Lavery
86' Lavery departs for Jones after a superb display leading the line for Northern Ireland.
J. Lotomba
S. Widmer
86' Widmer also walks off to be replaced by Lotomba.
85' Lavery tries to drive through the Swiss defence again, but this time Akanji is there to halt his progress on the edge of the box.
83' Cathcart knocks Zuber's dangerous cross behind, presenting Switzerland with a corner. Vargas whips it in, but McCann is there to glance clear at the near post.
81' Freuler's 25-yard strike is charged down by McCann.
79' Chance! Switzerland struggle to clear Davis' corner and it drops to Saville who has a shot blocked away from eight yards out!
78' McCann gets to the byline and drills in a low cross that Elvedi hacks behind, prompting roars of encouragement from the home crowd.
A. Zeqiri
H. Seferović
77' Seferovic makes way for Zeqiri up top.
G. Saville
J. Thompson
74' Thompson is replaced by Saville in midfield.
73' McCann trips Wider 25 yards from goal, presenting the visitors with a promising free-kick. Rodriguez steps up to take, but harmlessly places it straight at Peacock-Farrell.    
70' The hosts are continuing an unwanted record as this game drifts towards a draw. Northern Ireland are winless in eight home matches in all competitions, their longest run without a home win since going 13 without a win between April 2002 and June 2005.
D. Charles
C. Washington
68' Washington makes way for Charles up top.
C. Bradley
M. Smith
67' Smith is replaced at right-back by Bradley.
66' This is still delicately poised as we enter the final 25 minutes. Switzerland have enjoyed the majority of possession without creating too much; while Northern Ireland have been restricted to attacking on the break. With both teams hoping for a win to boost qualification chances, we could be set for a thrilling climax.    
64' Smith's cross falls to Davis on the edge of the box, and he tumbles after colliding with Steffen. The referee is unmoved though, and play continues.
62' Lewis goes down after cutting out another diagonal over the top. But after a brief delay for treatment, he seems okay to continue.
S. Zuber
C. Fassnacht
59' Switzerland make two changes as they search for an opening goal. The first sees Fassnacht make way for Zuber in attack.
R. Steffen
F. Frei
59' The second change sees Frei depart for Steffen in midfield.
57' It's been an entertaining match, but the two sides have still only produced five shots in total combined. You get the impression that one goal will be enough to win this. 
55' Lavery has been threatening for Northern Ireland today, and he looks like their best chance of grabbing a goal.
D. Zakaria
Yellow Card
53' Lavery races past Zakaria near the touchline and all the midfielder can do is bring him down and take a yellow card.  
52' Thompson swings in a free-kick that Cathcart nods back across goal. However, Akanji is well placed to smash the loose ball away.  
50' Chance! Vargas whips a dangerous free-kick across the face of goal, inviting anyone to apply a finishing touch. Akanji is the closest Switzerland player on hand, and he lunges to reach it only to agonisingly miss the ball! 
J. Lewis
Yellow Card
48' Lewis is booked after tripping Vargas near the right-hand side.  
46' Switzerland get the second half underway.
The hosts did well in the opening half hour before losing their way slightly. In a crucial game - that they most likely have to win to qualify - Northern Ireland will need to step things up in the second half.
Peacock-Farrell's penalty save ensures that the game remains goalless at the break. Northern Ireland started well: their intensity surprised Switerzland and Lavery missed a promising chance to open the scoring after a superb run. But Switzerland worked their way into the game and should have taken the lead when Smith conceded a penalty after colliding with Vargas. Seferovic stepped up to take it, but cushioned a tame penalty towards goal that Peacock-Farrell comfortably saved. After that, Elvedi could have opened the scoring from close range, but the hosts held on to keep it to 0-0 at half time.   
45' + 1' HALF TIME: Northern Ireland 0-0 Switzerland
45' One minute of stoppage time is added on.
44' Brown just about manages to limit another Switzerland attack as he pokes the ball away from Vargas inside the box.
42' Northern Ireland are hanging on as we approach half time. 
40' Chance! Freuler whips in a dangerous cross towards the back post where Akanji hooks it back across goal. Peacock-Farrell looks like he's getting there first, but Elvedi lunges in and pokes it narrowly wide of the near post!  
38' Lewis scuffs in a low cross that evades everyone until Rodriguez hacks it clear at the back post.   
36' Well, that was a let-off for Northern Ireland. They gifted Switzerland an opportunity to take a crucial lead, and the visitors managed to waste it. 
H. Seferović
Penalty Miss
33' Seferovic will be disappointed with that penalty. He made a weak contact on the ball; and the placement wasn't much better - it sailed at a comfortable height for Peacock-Farrell who was able to make the save! 
B. Peacock-Farrell
Penalty Save
33' SAVED! Seferovic steps up and plants a tame penalty down the left and Peacock-Farrell guesses the right way, and pushes it to safety!  
32' Penalty to Switzerland! Zakaria chips in an inviting cross and Smith clumsily barges Vargas over, leaving the referee with no choice but to award a spot-kick. There was little need to foul the attacker there and Northern Ireland will be feeling incredibly frustrated.
30' Northern Ireland will be pleased with their defensive work currently. Switzerland have failed to register a single shot so far.
28' Lavery's looking like the hosts greatest danger currently. Lavery drives directly at the Switzerland defence again, but Elvedi just about manages to contain him.
26' Fortunately, Zakaria is okay to continue and the game restarts.  
25' Zakaria is receiving treatment following Smith's awkward challenge. The defender caught the Swiss midfielder high - just above the ankle - and he was lucky not to receive a stricter punishment for the tackle.  
M. Smith
Yellow Card
24' Smith lunges in late on Zakaria and earns himself a yellow card. 
22' Rodriguez searches for Seferovic with a long ball forward but it drifts harmlessly through to Peacock-Farrell.  
20' Switzerland look a little rattled after the last 10 minutes. Northern Ireland have displayed their threat on the break and from set-pieces, and the visitors have tightened up slightly in response.   
18' Smith's dangerous looping cross is headed clear by Akanji.
F. Frei
Yellow Card
15' Frei is shown a yellow card after clattering Thompson near the centre-circle.
13' Freuler clips a neat ball over the top in search of Fassnacht, but Cathcart is there to cut it out. 
11' The hosts are growing into the game! Another attack ends with Widmer anxiously heading Ballard's cross away.
9' Huge chance! Lavery latches onto a loose ball on the halfway line and speeds beyond the Switzerland defence to find himself clean through! However, Akanji gets back to put pressure on his eventual shot, and his effort flashes narrowly over from 12 yards.  
8' Switzerland have started well. They're enjoying all the possession and have got in some threatening areas - the hosts will have to defend stoutly if they're to survive this spell.  
6' A neat interchange sets Freuler free inside the Northern Ireland box, but his cutback is intercepted by Brown.  
4' Rodriguez drills in a low dangerous cross, but Cathcart hooks it clear.
2' Widmer halts Thompson's enterprising run down the right flank, and the ball trickles behind for a goal kick.
1' Northern Ireland get the first half underway.
The players are emerging from the tunnel and kick off is just seconds away!
This is the first meeting between Northern Ireland and Switzerland since the World Cup qualifying play-off in November 2017, with the Swiss triumphing 1-0 on aggregate courtesy of a 1-0 away win in Belfast and goalless home match in Basel.
SUBS: Djibril Sow, Jordan Lotomba, Renato Steffen, Andi Zeqiri, Ulisses Garcia, Michel Aebischer, Sandro Lauper, Yvon Mvogo, Gregor Kobel, Fabian Schar, Steven Zuber, Cedric Zesiger.
SWITZERLAND (4-3-2-1): Yann Sommer; Silvan Widmer, Manuel Akanji, Nico Elvedi, Ricardo Rodriguez; Remo Freuler, Fabian Frei, Denis Zakaria; Christian Fassnacht, Ruben Vargs; Haris Seferovic.
SUBS: Tom Flanagan, Kyle Lafferty, Niall McGinn, Shane Ferguson, Jordan Jones, Dion Charles, Gavin Whyte, Conor Bradley, George Saville, Conor Hazard, Alfie McCalmont, Trevor Carson.
NORTHERN IRELAND (3-5-2 ): Bailey Peacock-Farrell; Danny Ballard, Craig Cathcart, Ciaron Brown; Michael Smith, Alistair McCann, Steven Davis, Jordan Thompson, Jamal Lewis; Conor Washington, Shayne Lavery.
Northern Ireland enter this match on the back of successive victories as they followed up a 4-1 qualifying win in Lithuania with a 1-0 friendly triumph against Estonia. Ian Baraclough's men are fourth in Group C, three points behind second-placed Switzerland.
Welcome to our live text coverage of the World Cup 2022 qualifier between Northern Ireland and Switzerland at Windsor Park.