Croatia, Switzerland qualify for World Cup


Northern Ireland fell short in their bid to reach a first finals since 1986."Ultimately we've gone out to a poor decision in the first leg", Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill told Sky Sports, after a harsh handball decision against Corry Evans saw Rodriguez score the only goal of the tie.

Denmark and Ireland played to a 0-0 draw in their first match, which makes the second one a winner-takes-all. They have given everything. "It was a hard match".

"He will be thinking who has the best chance: Scotland or Northern Ireland?" The SFA want to include Austin MacPhee, the Northern Ireland assistant, on the backroom team if they appoint O'Neill.

Straight-talking midfielder Oliver Norwood summed up the mood.

Michael O'Neill's side lost their play-off with Switzerland 1-0 on aggregate and Irish FA officials will use the injustice of the spot kick decision to back FIFA's efforts to introduce VARs as part of the laws of the game.

Greece continued to enjoy more of the ball in the second period but when it came to finishing off an attack, either a pass would go astray or a defender would step in.A shot on the turn by Mitroglou from just outside the penalty area just missed the post with an outstretched Subasic unable to reach it. We should still be playing extra-time now, that's the reality. At this level, for a group of players that deserve more...we should still be fighting for our place to go to Russian Federation.

"Of course, the players are emotional, they are upset, there were some players in tears", he added.

"Emotions are very high - there's huge, huge disappointment".

Britain's Press Association reported on Monday that the IFA intends to write to FIFA to express dismay at the circumstances that denied them a World Cup berth even though the Swiss deserved to go through over the two legs.

As the players came to terms with the end of their World Cup dream, defender Jonny Evans accepted O'Neill may seek a new challenge, saying: 'As a manager, he's unbelievable.