Ten-Man NI Suffer Crushing Blow To Would Cup Hopes With Defeat By Swiss
In a stunning 2-0 defeat against Switzerland, Northern Ireland’s Jamal Lewis was sent off for time-wasting in the first half, thereby ending their World Cup qualification aspirations.
In the 37th minute, the Newcastle United defender was given a second yellow card for taking too long over a throw-in.
For the hosts, Steven Zuber and Christian Fassnacht scored in stoppage time in each half.
In Group C, the second-placed Swiss are already six points ahead of NI.
After Bulgaria’s loss to Lithuania earlier in the day, the two teams went into the match fighting for second place and the play-off spot it entails. With three qualification games remaining, the Swiss are now strong favorites to claim that spot.
Source: BBC Sport