Switzerland supervisor Murat Yakin feared it was one in every of his coaches getting a crimson card within the incident that noticed Jamal Lewis controversially despatched off in Saturday’s World Cup qualifier.
The Northern Eire defender was proven a second yellow card for time losing at a throw-in within the thirty seventh minute of his facet’s 2-0 defeat in Geneva.
The incident occurred in entrance of the dug-outs and Yakin admitted to being confused.
“I used to be stunned,” he stated.
“I truly did not realise the state of affairs. My workers members had been leaping up and getting excited and I assumed when the crimson card was proven it was to one in every of my workers members and never for the participant.
“However total I do not suppose this was decisive for the match. With our efficiency we managed the match already.”
In a dramatic begin to the match, Switzerland thought that they had opened the scoring within the fourth minute by means of Denis Zakaria earlier than his objective was dominated out for offside after a prolonged VAR evaluate.
After referee Slavko Vincic had despatched Lewis off, hard-working Northern Eire appeared like they might make it to the interval at 0-0 earlier than Steven Zuber struck in first-half added time.
Christian Fassnacht added the second within the 91st minute to sentence Ian Baraclough’s males to a defeat that every one however ends their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup.
“We had been very targeted, even after the offside ‘objective’ within the first minutes, we did not cease,” continued Yakin.
“We had extra stress, we tried to assault, and possibly the one factor we will say is we did not profit from all of our possibilities to attain. We fought to the top and created extra alternatives.”
The defeat for an injury-hit Northern Eire leaves them six factors behind Switzerland, with three matches to play, within the battle for second place in Group C and the play-off place that goes with it.
Baraclough’s facet now journey to Sofia to play Bulgaria on Tuesday evening earlier than finishing their qualifying marketing campaign with dwelling video games in opposition to Lithuania and leaders Italy in November.
Switzerland are away to backside facet Lithuania on Tuesday evening then in November they journey to Italy earlier than internet hosting Bulgaria of their closing match.