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Monday 10 December 2018

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North boss Michael O’Neill
North boss Michael O’Neill

Michael O'Neill wants Northern Ireland to channel their indignation over Switzerland's controversial penalty to inspire them in tomorrow's World Cup play-off second leg (live Sky Sports, kick-off 5.0).

The Northern Irish camp are livid after losing Thursday's first leg at Windsor Park 1-0, with hand-ball awarded against Corry Evans for blocking Xherdan Shaqiri's shot with what appeared to be either his back or the top of his arm.

No European team has ever progressed in the World Cup play-offs after losing the first leg at home but O'Neill hopes his team's sense of injustice can be a catalyst for an historic success.

"We are a little bit of a victim and we have to use it in that way and we will see how the Swiss deal with it on their home territory," he said.

"We have to deal with the decision and put it to the back of our minds and use it as a motivation."

Both the caution and penalty decision may have been overturned had video assistance been available, as it was for England's friendly with Germany last night.

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