Switzerland was the best of the teams that finished second, was below Portugal with the same number of points but with a lower goal balance. Northern Ireland shared group with Germany, Czech Republic, Norway, Azerbaijan and San Marino, Germany qualified directly with 11 points over the Northern Ireland escort.
How come the national teams to the play off zone?
The first leg is played on November 9 at 9:45 p.m. at Windsor Park in Belfast, the referee will be Romanian Ovidiu Hategan while the return will be on November 12 at 6:00 p.m., local time in Basel, in the St. Jakob Park stadium, the referee will be the German Felix Brych.
Northern Ireland in the world cup history
Northern Ireland participated in the World Cups 1958, 1982 and 1986. Their best performance was Sweden 1958 where they were in the quarterfinals in the position number 7.
Switzerland in the world cup history
Switzerland has participated in the World Cups 1934, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1962, 1966, 1994, 2006, 2010 and 2014. Their best performance was precisely Switzerland 1954 where they were in the quarterfinals in the 5th place.
Background of the match Northern Ireland vs Switzerland
Northern Ireland and Switzerland have met on 4 occasions with 2 matches won for the British and 1 for Switzerland plus 1 draw.
They have met twice for qualifiers for the World Cup and 2 friendly matches.
Northern Ireland: it is together with England the oldest selection of the world, its first party was in 1882 under the name of Ireland.
Switzerland: Haris Seferović is the promise and scorer of Switzerland in these qualifiers for Russia 2018 where he scored 4 goals for his team.
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