GEORGE Saville came on as a 65th-minute substitute for Northern Ireland against Switzerland but couldn’t help turn around a 1-0 deficit.
Michael O’Neill’s side lost controversially in Belfast, after Fabian Schar escaped with just a yellow card for a two-footed tackle on Stuart Dallas, before Ricardo Rodriduez converted the winner from the spot in the 58th minute following an extremely harsh call to give handball against Corry Evans.
Afterwards Evans said: "It's disgraceful. I clearly didn't put my hand up. I'm gutted. It's devastating."
Conor McLaughlin played the full game at right-back, while Shane Ferguson was an unused substitute.
Saville impressed in his time on the pitch, with pundits such as Ian Dowie and Gerry Taggart calling for his inclusion from the start in the second leg in Switzerland on Sunday evening when Northern Ireland will try to rescue their World Cup dream.
Aiden O’Brien was on Thursday included in the Republic of Ireland’s trimmed-down squad for the first leg of their play-off against Denmark in Copenhagen on Saturday night.
Jordan Archer was on the bench for Scotland as Malky Mackay's side lost 1-0 to the Netherlands in their international friendly in Aberdeen on Thursday night.
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