Heartache for Kyle Lafferty and Northern Ireland in play-off

Kyle Lafferty is closed down by the Swiss defenders
Kyle Lafferty is closed down by the Swiss defenders
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Hearts striker Kyle Lafferty started for Northern Ireland in their World Cup qualifier first leg against Switzerland at Windsor Park, but they were left heartbroken by a highly debatable penalty as the Swiss won 1-0.

Ricardo Rodriguez’s 58th-minute spot-kick after Corry Evans was deemed to have handled the ball in the box – TV replays showed the decision was harsh – means Switzerland play the return leg in Basel on Sunday with a crucial advantage.

Lafferty played 78 minutes in Belfast before being replaced by Conor Washington. The Jambos hitman did not have a clear chance at goal.

His fellow Tynecastle team-mate Aaron Hughes was an unused substitute.