Nov 9, 2017 at 7.45pm UK at ‚ÄčWindsor Park
Attendance: 18,269
Northern Ireland

Evans (57')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Rodriguez (58' pen.)
Schar (5')

Josh Magennis: 'Northern Ireland will handle pressure'

Magennis: 'Northern Ireland will perform'
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Forward Josh Magennis says that Northern Ireland will handle the pressure which comes with facing Switzerland in the World Cup playoffs.

Forward Josh Magennis has said that Northern Ireland "have full confidence" ahead of their World Cup playoff tie with Switzerland.

After finishing in second place to Germany in their group, Michael O'Neill's men must come through a two-legged fixture in order to reach their first World Cup since 1986.

However, Magennis has backed himself and his teammates to handle the pressure of the occasion, starting with Thursday's first leg in Belfast.

The 27-year-old is quoted by BBC Sport as saying: "The weight of the country is on our shoulders but we've proved before we can carry that weight.

"We have full confidence that we can find a way of winning these games."

Magennis has netted just four times in 32 appearances for Northern Ireland, although three of those goals have come since the start of September.

Steve Davis of Northern Ireland celebrates after scoring his side's third goal against Greece during the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifier between Northern Ireland and Greece at Windsor Park on October 8, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
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