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Gerry Armstrong’s Northern Ireland Commentary Was As Big A Talking Point As The Match Itself

BASEL, SWITZERLAND - NOVEMBER 12: Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans looks dejected after the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-Off: Second Leg between Switzerland and Northern Ireland at St. Jakob-Park on November 12, 2017 in Basel, Basel-Stadt. (Photo by Craig Mercer - CameraSport via Getty Images)

Northern Ireland legend Gerry Armstrong was on Sky Sports punditry on Sunday night as Michael O’Neill’s side bowed out of the World Cup play-offs.

Armstrong was a member of the last Northern Irish squad to appear in a World Cup finals back in 1986 so his desire to see the national side seal a place in Russia next year was obivous.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be for Armstrong or Michael O’Neill’s side, as a 0-0 draw in Basel saw them knocked out by Switzerland after last week’s 1-0 first leg defeat at Windsor Park. 

Of course, sometimes a massive yearning to see something happen right in front of you can lead to slight bias – a line that Armstrong didn’t so much as cross, but raced over it and then just kept running for several more miles.

He began to call the game as if he was a fan watching in the stands (which, for all intents and purposes, he was – albeit with a microphone in his hands and thousands of people listening to him).

His wholeheartedly biased co-commentary, as was the case in Belfast on Thursday night also, turned out to be as big a topic on social media as the match itself:

Fans of Armstrong won’t have to wait too long to hear him again, as he will likely be on duty for Sky in his role as a La Liga co-commentator next weekend.

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In this week’s episode of the Mixer Irish football podcast, we review last week’s FAI Cup final with former Cork City defender Derek Coughlan and look ahead to Ireland’s massive World Cup play-off against Denmark.

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