The best jokes as Northern Ireland lose World Cup play-off to Switzerland

0-0 draw in Basel, 1-0 defeat on aggregate.

The Swiss celebrate as others make jokes about their defeat of Northern Ireland in the World Cup play-off
Swiss Scouts celebrate their win (Image: 22nd World Scout Jamboree Sweden 2011)

Northern Ireland failed to qualify for the World Cup after losing a qualification play-off to the Swiss 1-0 on aggregate.

A controversial penalty in the first leg of the tie decided who would be travelling to Russia next summer, following a goalless draw in Basel at a muddy St. Jakob-Park on Sunday night.

Zealous contributions to the television coverage from retired international Gerry Armstrong were also much discussed throughout both fixtures.

These were the best jokes and tweets as Northern Ireland lost their World Cup play-off following a 0-0 in Switzerland:

It’s just as well the Swiss are neutral, because Gerry Armstrong certainly isn’t #SUINIR

— Jez a Bell (@Tsarcastic_) November 12, 2017

If N.Ireland somehow manage to nick this, it will be the most ridiculous thing to happen in Switzerland since they made Toblerones smaller.

— Paddy Power (@paddypower) November 12, 2017


If N. Ireland score here Gerry Armstrong is going streaking. #SUINIR pic.twitter.com/cDrSxOUa26

— Paddy Power (@paddypower) November 12, 2017

Possibly one of the worst throws I've ever seen. #SUINIR pic.twitter.com/5nA9TamNqm

— Ryan Blythe (@ryanNUFCmad1986) November 12, 2017


Dear Santa…
Please remove my order for Toberlone.
Thanks. #SUINIR

— Holly Hamilton (@HollyHNews) November 12, 2017

Basel's not witnessed heartache like this since that time Sybil came home when Polly was pretending to be her in front of their friends upstairs.

Bit of a niche one this, but I'm letting myself have it.#SUINIR

— Conor McLaughlin (@CMcLaughlin84) November 12, 2017

I've been in Basel on a Sunday. I don't think I've experienced such a stultifying dull place in my life. It made Limerick Junction feel like Las Vegas #SUINIR

— Keith Mills (@KeithMillsD7) November 12, 2017

What’s the best thing about Switzerland? I don’t know, but their flag is a huge plus! #GAWA #SUINIR #Believe

— Insp K (@InspK18693) November 12, 2017


Wow, I don't think the Swiss have been this unpopular since Cool Runnings. #SUINIR

— Danny Cross (@DannyxCross) November 12, 2017

How many years since Northern Ireland were in the World Cup? pic.twitter.com/t5NU1YTdVU

— Adam Lynch (@AdamLynch27) November 12, 2017

got a bit bored today so I put together a supercut of gerry armstrong praising northern ireland during the last 20 mins of their heroic 0-0 draw. pic.twitter.com/7YcbOEjR6Y

— James Lorenzo (@_JamesLorenzo) November 12, 2017


Northern Ireland miss out in a World Cup play-off because of a dodgy handball decision. Well, no point complaining about it, best just to move on, like we did.

— Paddy Power (@paddypower) November 12, 2017