Craig Cathcart and Northern Ireland’s Euro 2020 qualifying campaign ended in heartache following a 2-1 home defeat to Slovakia.

The Watford defender went off holding his groin in the 97th minute, in a dramatic play-off final that went to extra time.

The momentum seemed to be with the hosts but it all changed in the 110th minute when a hopeful through-ball bounced off Jonny Evans and fell kindly for Duris to beat Bailey Peacock-Farrell at his near post.

The Burnley goalkeeper will feel he could have done better, but it was a bitter blow for Northern Ireland as their hopes of qualifying for a second consecutive European Championship were quashed.

Before the game, Cathcart said: “It’s a massive game and if we win, we’ll be at the Euros, so we’re all up for it.

“My first Euros experience was amazing and it’s normally a once-in-a-lifetime thing for our sort of country, but to have another opportunity to go to the next Euros, it would be amazing for the young players coming through in the squad.

“There are quite a few of us still from the last Euros, maybe seven or eight of us, but there’s been a big change in the squad with the younger lads coming in and they want to get a taste of it as well.”