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World Cup play-off draw: Northern Ireland to play Switzerland for place in 2018 tournament

Northern Ireland will face Switzerland while Republic of Ireland will play Denmark for a place at next year's tournament

Northern Ireland will face Switzerland in a play-off for a place in next year’s World Cup.

Michael O’Neill’s side avoided European giants Italy, while Republic of Ireland will face Denmark.

England have already qualified for next year’s tournament in Russia.


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The four winners of the play-off games then progress to Russia 2018, with the World Cup draw on 1 December.

Northern Ireland qualified through their group after finishing second to Germany in Group C, while the Republic of Ireland finished second in Group D to Serbia.

England finished top of their group to seal their route through to next year’s tournament, while Wales and Scotland both failed to qualify for the play-off stages.

The draw in full:

Northern Ireland v Switzerland

Croatia v Greece

Denmark v Republic of Ireland

Sweden v Italy

The two-legged ties are set for November 9-11 and 12-14.

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