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 By PA Sport

Xherdan Shaqiri surprised by Switzerland penalty against N. Ireland

A controversial handball call in the box and the ensuing penalty from Ricardo Rodriguez mean the Swiss hold a huge advantage over Northern Ireland after the first leg.
Despite the penalty call, Steve Nicol still contends the deserving team won between Switzerland and Northern Ireland.

Switzerland midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri has said he was surprised by the penalty decision that gave his side the advantage in their World Cup playoff against Northern Ireland.

The Swiss are well placed to secure a place in Russia after winning Thursday's first leg at Windsor Park 1-0 thanks to the contentious spot-kick, scored by Ricardo Rodriguez.

Corry Evans was adjudged by referee Ovidiu Hategan to have handled a Shaqiri effort, but Northern Ireland were incensed and replays showed the ball may...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Northern Ireland must 'channel the anger' over penalty decision - O'Neill

A controversial handball call in the box and the ensuing penalty from Ricardo Rodriguez mean the Swiss hold a huge advantage over Northern Ireland after the first leg.

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill said his side will have to "channel the anger" stemming from the "staggering" penalty decision that allowed Switzerland to win the first leg of their UEFA World Cup playoff.

Xherdan Shaqiri's volley from distance struck the upper arm of defender Corry Evans when he had his back turned as he jumped in front of the shot at Windsor Park on Thursday night.

Replays appeared to show Evans' arm was not outstretched, but Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan awarded a penalty...

Switzerland's Admir Mehmedi gifts house to Macedonian family

Admir Mehmedi was born in Macedonia and left as a toddler.

Bayer Leverkusen winger Admir Mehmedi has gifted a house to a poor family in Macedonia, the country of his birth.

Switzerland international Mehmedi, who left Macedonia aged three in the mid-1990s, visited a Macedonian village called Padalisht, where his father introduced him to a family.

Blick reported that the family of six lived inside a house in which they shared two beds in only room, and Mehmedi told the Swiss newspaper: "It affected me to the core."

The 25-year-old said the roof on the house...