No One Could Believe The Penalty Northern Ireland Conceded Last Night

Gladys Abbott
November 13, 2017

In a tweet Ms Evans described the referee as a "Romanian gypsy c***!".

"We have all dreamed of getting to a World Cup and we are 90 minutes away from that". I am not in a position to say the referee is incompetent but it's just staggering in this day and age when the stakes are so high that something like that is a game changer. "I was surprised also that the referee gave a penalty". I will need to see it again. "I spent three hours in a video conference with Federation Internationale de Football Association the other week on video assistant referees (VAR) and certainly when you see what happened tonight you would be an advocate of it".

Indeed, the hosts did not register a shot on target and Haris Seferovic and Shaqiri both came close before the penalty was awarded. "It's unusual because I had a feeling the referee knew that he had made a wrong decision and I'm sure he was getting fed information throughout the game and he could tell with everybody else's reaction that maybe he had made the wrong call".

"I'm very pleased with the performance, " he said.

"We go into the second leg with the strongest team we have available and I think we showed enough in the second half to show we can get something". "We dominated for 70 or 80 minutes but unfortunately we didn't score more goals to return home with a more reassuring lead", said Petkovic.

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"We are maybe the better team compared to Northern Ireland and on Sunday, with all the support that we will have behind us, we want to make them proud and qualify for the World Cup".

No European team has ever qualified for the World Cup via the play-offs after losing the opening leg at home, highlighting the magnitude of the task awaiting the Northern Irish in Basel.

Captain Steven Davis echoed his manager's rousing words - and urged his team-mates to remain positive as they aim to avoid falling at the final hurdle in qualifying. We have to put more pressure on them than we did.

"They took a lot of points at home, so it is going to be very hard to come to Basel and play more offensively than they did".

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