NORTHERN Ireland boss Ian Barraclough laid no blame on Burnley keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell after a heart-breaking European Championship play-off defeat to Slovakia.

The young Clarets keeper was beaten at his near post as Slovakia sealed a 2-1 extra time victory at Windsor Park.

The visitors led thanks to Juraj Kucka's 17th-minute opener until Milan Skriniar put through his own net two minutes from time to take the play-off to extra time.

The momentum seemed to be with Northern Ireland heading into extra time but that all changed in the 110th minute.

A through-ball took an unfortunate bounce off Jonny Evans and fell for Michal Duris, who beat Peacock-Farrell with a low shot at the near post.

Baraclough felt his side were unfortunate for the goals they conceded and attached no blame to Peacock-Farrell for the winner.

"Whenever a goalkeeper gets beaten at the near post, there’s a conflab from it," said the Northern Ireland boss.

“There’s absolutely no blame from me on that. He’s got to cover both posts. He got a hand down to it and couldn’t keep it out.”

Johann Berg Gudmundsson also saw his European Championship dreams crushed in the cruellest manner after Iceland conceded two late goals to lose 2-1 in Hungary.

Iceland were heading to next year's final thanks to a free kick from Everton's Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Gudmundsson, making his 77th appearance for his country, was subbed with 17 minutes remaining but could only look on as first Loic Nego equalised with two minutes left before

Dominik Szoboszlai curled home the winner deep in to stoppage time.

There were three Burnley players in action at Wembley as England played Republic of Ireland but all three were not on the pitch at the same time.

Nick Pope made his third start for England, having previously played in the 4-0 European Championship qualifier victory over Kosovo and the 3-0 friendly win against Wales.

And he made it three cleans sheets in the 3-0 victory, playing the first 45 minutes before he was subbed at the break.

Burnley teammates Kevin Long and Robbie Brady were both second half substitutes for the Republic, entering the action on the hour mark.