Switzerland midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri has said he was surprised by the penalty decision that gave his side the advantage in their World Cup playoff against Northern Ireland.
The Swiss are well placed to secure a place in Russia after winning Thursday's first leg at Windsor Park 1-0 thanks to the contentious spot-kick, scored by Ricardo Rodriguez.
Corry Evans was adjudged by referee Ovidiu Hategan to have handled a Shaqiri effort, but Northern Ireland were incensed and replays showed the ball may...
Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill said his side will have to "channel the anger" stemming from the "staggering" penalty decision that allowed Switzerland to win the first leg of their UEFA World Cup playoff.
Xherdan Shaqiri's volley from distance struck the upper arm of defender Corry Evans when he had his back turned as he jumped in front of the shot at Windsor Park on Thursday night.
Replays appeared to show Evans' arm was not outstretched, but Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan awarded a penalty...
Switzerland were one of the shock seeds in the draw for the 2014 World Cup finals -- and they could be seeded for the 2018 event too.
Russia will be seeded as hosts, and joined by the top seven qualifiers based upon the October FIFA World Ranking, which is published after the next round of qualifiers.
But how can this be achieved by Switzerland in the Dec. 1 group-stage draw?
1. Win in Portugal
Switzerland can only realistically get enough ranking points to be in contention if they win away to Portugal....