2018 World Cup: Croatia qualify f, as Switzerland scrape through

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Lukas Modric

Croatia qualified for next year’s FIFA World Cup finals following a goalless draw with Greece in the second leg tie of their playoff fixture on Sunday.

The result gave Croatia a 4-1 aggregate win, after they had won the first leg 4-1 some days earlier.

Earlier in the day, Switzerland scraped through to their fourth finals in a row after a 1-0 aggregate win.

They were held to a goalless draw at home by a valiant and workmanlike Northern Ireland who came desperately close to forcing extra-time on Sunday.

The Swiss qualified 1-0 on aggregate, the tie ultimately being decided by the hugely controversial penalty kick converted by Ricardo Rodriguez in the first leg in Belfast on Thursday.

They were again indebted to Rodriguez on Sunday when he cleared a goalbound header from Jonny Evans off the line in stoppage time as Northern Ireland pressed for an equaliser.

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