Peacock-Farrell penalty save earns Northern Ireland draw with Switzerland

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Julian Taylor at Windsor Park

For Northern Ireland, the route to a place at World Cup 2022 remains tricky after this draw against Switzerland. This was, as expected, a tense encounter, with chances scarce and the hosts mindful of playing in front of a noisy, near-capacity crowd for the first time in almost two years.

Ian Baraclough’s men now sit third and they generally acquitted themselves well even if invention was sorely lacking against the Swiss, whose surge to the quarter-finals of this summer’s Euros is still fresh in the memory. The new Switzerland manager Murat Yakin, who succeeded Vladimir Petkovic last month, felt confident after Sunday’s draw against the Group C leaders Italy, but his team had to work hard for a point. A first-half penalty-save by Bailey Peacock-Farrell from Haris Seferovic encapsulated the evening’s anxiety, the Swiss forward’s effort bitterly disappointing.

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