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NI's run to World Cup play-off an amazing achievement – O'Neill

Northern Ireland players at full-time

Northern Ireland's World Cup qualifying campaign going to the final minute of a play-off is "an amazing achievement", says manager Michael O'Neill.

A 0-0 second-leg draw in Basel was not enough for O'Neill's men as Switzerland progressed to the finals thanks to a controversial penalty in the first leg.

Northern Ireland had finished second in their qualifying group behind Germany.

"There's a devastated group of players in there and I couldn't be more proud of them," said O'Neill.

"I could name them all - they were fabulous. We don't always have top-level players but we have top-level characters.

"What these players have done to be at this stage - to take a team like Switzerland right to the last minute of the play-offs over two legs - is an amazing achievement.

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