Switzerland could have scored 10 goals in that second leg and it felt like half a dozen of those chances were spurned by Seferovic playing up front, so for Armstrong to suggest that Northern Ireland had "all the momentum" while continuing to concede glorious opportunities is just weird.
That seemed to spook Switzerland into settling for what they already had as Northern Ireland started to take control, even if further chances were not forthcoming. He almost forced extra time with a header, but Ricardo Rodriguez came up with a heroic clearance to seal Switzerland's place in the World Cup. But over the two matches Switzerland dominated both possession and chances.
And Ricardo Rodriguez sent a 25-yard just wide of the right-hand post soon after.
"We are a good team, I think we are a better team than Northern Ireland, and tomorrow with all the fans and all the support we have here, we want to make them proud and we want to qualify for Russian Federation".
"We will take it match by match, opponent by opponent and we're not setting any limits".
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Xhaka showed little sympathy, though, pointing out that - in his opinion - Switzerland were the better team and got what they deserved.
"They couldn't have given any more; what they gave for me, what they gave each other, what they gave for the country was phenomenal".
But the longer the game went on at 0-0, the more empowered Northern Ireland were. Shaqiri's shot forced Michael McGovern down low to save, Seferovic's header hit Zuber, Zuber himself had a shot saved by McGovern's legs before flashing another effort wide.
O'Neill, who wouldn't be drawn on his own future, was quick to point to the gulf between the two sides and what that said about his team's character and spirit.
Rodriguez moved across the goalmouth toward the post and hooked the ball clear as he fell backward into the goal.