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Xhaka features in World Cup play-off win

Granit Xhaka in action for Switzerland

Granit Xhaka was in international action on Thursday night, as Switzerland travelled to Northern Ireland for the first leg of their World Cup qualifying play-off tie.

Scroll down to find out how he got on:

Granit Xhaka
Thursday, November 9
Northern Ireland 0-1 Switzerland

Granit Xhaka played the full 90 minutes as Switzerland beat Northern Ireland 1-0 in their World Cup qualifying play-off first leg. Ricardo Rodriguez scored the winner from the spot on the hour mark, after Corry Evans was deemed to have handled the ball in the area.

Xhaka threatened too, volleying just over the crossbar inside the first half, as Switzerland eventually secured an away goal to swing the tie firmly in their favour ahead of Sunday's second leg in Basel.


FRIDAY NIGHT ACTION

We have six Gunners in action on Friday night, with Alex Iwobi’s Nigeria kicking off the internationals against Algeria at 7.30pm (UK time), having already qualified for the World Cup.

Olivier Giroud, Laurent Koscielny and Alexandre Lacazette are then set to feature in France’s international friendly against Aaron Ramsey’s Wales, while Mesut Ozil travels to Wembley with Germany for their clash with England at 8pm (UK time).