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Northern Ireland fall agonisingly short of World Cup place...

13 November 2017

George Saville made his first start for Northern Ireland in Sunday night's 0-0 FIFA 2018 World Cup Play-Off draw with Switzerland in Basel.

In a game that saw the Green and White Army agonisingly miss out on a place in Russia courtesy of the Swiss' dubious first-leg penalty-kick, Saville excelled in the midfield, earning the praise of many pundits.

Millwall's other Northern Irish internationals, Conor McLaughlin and Shane Ferguson, had to make do with places on the substitutes' bench as Switzerland secured their spot at next summer's finals.

Jordan Archer, meanwhile, was an unused substitute as Memphis Depay's 40th-minute strike settled Scotland's friendly match with the Netherlands at Pittodrie last Thursday night.

The Lions' possible participation in Russia now depends on Aiden O'Brien and the Republic of Ireland - the Emerald Isle head into Tuesday night's Play-Off Second Leg meeting with Denmark in Dublin level at 0-0.

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