Switzerland took a huge step towards qualifying for the World Cup as they produced one of the comprehensive football scores of the weekend. The complexion of the game changed after a goalless first 37 minutes when Jamal Lewis was shown a second yellow card for time-wasting during a throw-in. The visitors could not cope with the hosts thereafter and it took less than a minute to take the lead through Steven Zuber. Christian Fassnacht late in the second half doubled the lead to put the result out of reach.
Northern Ireland manager Ian Baraclough: “To be warned of time-wasting after 37 minutes? I think he’s forgotten he’s not spoken to him once. The first time he asks him to hurry up, he brings out the yellow card. Then he realizes he’s booked him, and can’t go back on his decision. It’s a terrible decision.” he added. “He’s not realized he’s booked him earlier on, he’s not given him any warning, of anything. He’s got no clue he’s on a warning for any time-wasting. It’s a diabolical decision, and it’s changed the course of the game.”
“They want to get the game flowing, we want to go at our tempo at times, but there was no warning people were going to get booked – 37 minutes, someone’s been sent off for his first indiscretion, in the referee’s mind.” he continued. “If there’s not a throw-in on for him, he’s not just going to throw it to a Switzerland player, is he? Was he time-wasting, I’m not sure. It’s ruined the game, the lads have given absolutely everything.”
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