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Northern Ireland fans mark Remembrance Sunday in Basel

By Adrian Rutherford

Northern Ireland fans have laid wreaths in Basel in honour of the war dead - hours before the team’s World Cup play-off against Switzerland.

Supporters gathered at Christoph Merian Park in the heart of the city for the poignant ceremony.

Shortly before 11am local time, they fell silent for two minutes.

The service was organised by Northern Ireland fans who wanted to pay their respects on the day the UK marked Remembrance Sunday.

Several hundred supporters gathered in the pouring rain to pay their respects.

During the service a passage of the Bible was read followed by the singing of Abide With Me.

The Last Post was played before fans fell silent for two minutes.

Wresths were then laid by various supporters’ clubs in memory of the fallen.

More than 2,000 Northern Ireland fans are expected in Basel for tonight’s return leg.

Michael O’Neill’s side trail 1-0 from the first game in Belfast on Thursday night.

Ricardo Rodriguez scored a controversial penalty after Corry Evans was deemed to have handled the ball inside the area.

Sunday night's  game at St Jakob Park kicks off at 5pm.

Northern Ireland have not qualified for the World Cup since 1986.

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