Northern Ireland 1 - 1 Azerbaijan

Match info: World Cup - Group F at Windsor Park

Date: 14/11/2012 KO: 19:45 Ref: V Shvetsov Att: 12,327

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

N Ireland

David Healy 90+6



Rauf Aliyev 5

FT (ht: 0-1)

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  • FULL-TIME: Northern Ireland's hopes of reaching Rio took a huge dent despite rescuing a point at the death against Azerbaijan. David Healy scored his first international goal in nearly four years from a 96th minute free-kick to level Rauf Aliyev's opener.

  • The substitute has rescued at least a point with a 96th minute free-kick from the edge of the box. He drills the ball past Salahat Agayev and Windsor Park is relieved.


  • Naziri hands Northern Ireland a free-kick dead centre just outside the area. It comes down to this!

  • Salahat Agayev lies on the ball and wastes even more time. Clever tactics from Berti Vogts' side.

  • YELLOW CARD: Goalkeeper Salahat Agayev is next to be booked for time wasting.

  • YELLOW CARDS: Both Huseynov and Healy are booked by referee Victor Shvetsov as both players squared up to each other.

  • YELLOW CARD: Daniel Lafferty is booked for words off the ball.

  • Salahat Agayev punches away Shane Ferguson's cross and we have SIX MINUTES of stoppage time.

  • Chris Brunt's delivery from the right isn't bad, but nobody takes a gamble to get into the six-yard box.

  • David Healy is next to have a pop at goal, but his near post strike is saved by Salahat Agayev.

  • Paddy McCourt shows neat feet to get away from his marker, but the visitors slam the ball clear.

  • Lafferty's attempted effort is blocked and it's all or nothing as they say with a few minutes remaning. A win is surely out of the question!

  • Chris Brunt doesn't cause any problems though because he fails to get any power in his daisy cutter.

  • Now Lafferty is clearly pushed and this is in a good position, about 25-yards out on the edge of the area.

  • Kyle Lafferty chests the ball down and fires his right-footer wide of the target.

  • Nadirov goes to ground and calls for a free-kick but nothing is doing and the crowd are getting more and more frustrated.

  • SUBSTITUTE: David Healy replaces Craig Cathcart as Michael O'Neill goes for broke here.

  • YELLOW CARD: Chris Baird is booked and he will miss the next World Cup qualifier against Russia. Another blow!


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