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Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Northern Ireland's World Cup dreams over after Basel blank

Swiss 80-1 to be crowned world champions in Russia

Steven Davis cuts a dejected figure after Northern Ireland missed out on the World Cup finals
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Northern Ireland's World Cup dreams are over after they drew 0-0 in Switzerland to lose 1-0 on aggregate in their playoff.

Michael O'Neill's side came agonisingly close to forcing extra-time but Jonny Evans' header was cleared off the line in added time by left-back Ricardo Rodriguez, whose controversial first-leg penalty settled the tie.

Switzerland missed a number of chances to take control of the Basel contest and can be backed at 80-1 to win the World Cup in Russia.

Northern Ireland will hope for better at the next European Championship which will be staged across the continent - the qualifying draw takes place in December 2018. Sky Bet rate Northern Ireland 500-1 to win Euro 2020.

Ireland, who welcome back midfielder David Meyler after suspension, remain outsiders to qualify for the World Cup despite their 0-0 draw in Denmark on Saturday.

Martin O'Neill's men are 5-4 to reach Russia in what seems certain to be a nervy night in Dublin as an away goal for Denmark would spell major trouble for the hosts.

Denmark are 4-6 to find a way past Ireland, although given the lack of attacking action in Copenhagen some punters may be interested in the 11-2 about another 90 minutes without goals.

AFC Wimbledon and Peterborough played out a 2-2 draw in Sky Bet League One with all the goals coming in the first half.

Lyle Taylor gave Wimbledon the perfect start inside a minute but goals from Danny Lloyd-McGoldrick and Marcus Maddison put Posh in front only for Cody McDonald to equalise.

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Martin O'Neill's Ireland are 5-4 to reach Russia in what seems certain to be a nervy night in Dublin
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