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  • European World Cup Qualifiers
  • 14 November 2012, 7:45pm
  • Windsor Park
N IrelandN IrelandvAzerbaijanAzerbaijan
  • Healy, 90+6
  • Rauf Aliyev, 5

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90 mins:NORTHERN IRELAND 1-1 AZERBAIJAN. HEALY grabs the equaliser with a low free-kick

90 mins:Last chance for Northern Ireland as they win a free-kick just outside the penalty area.

90 mins:Aghayev is booked for time-wasting.

90 mins:Javid Huseynov is also shown a yellow card.

90 mins:Healy is booked for his part in the fracas.

90 mins:Another Azerbaijan player goes down feigning injury, sparking a flurry of handbags.

90 mins:Yet another booking - this time for Daniel Lafferty.

90 mins:There will be six minutes of stoppage time.

89 mins:Aghayev gets down well to claim's Healy's weak effort.

87 mins:Brunt's desperately disappointing free-kick trundles through to Aghayev.

85 mins:Azerbaijan's play-acting is getting even worse as the match enters its last five minutes, although there should be at least another five minutes of stoppage time.

84 mins:It's all or nothing now as Northern Ireland pile forward.

82 mins:Northern Ireland make their final change as David Healy replaces Cathcart.

81 mins:Azerbaijan are trying to waste time at every opportunity to the ire of the home fans.

79 mins:Another yellow card - this time for a clearly frustrated Baird.

79 mins:Azerbaijan bring on Vaqif Javadov for Ozkara.

78 mins:Aliyev somehow misses out on a second yellow card for a terrible late tackle on Daniel Lafferty.

72 mins:Elhad Naziri comes on for Ramaldanov.

71 mins:Baird again misses the target with a header, how many outstanding chances have Northern Ireland missed now?

74 mins:Just over 15 minutes left for Northern Ireland to save themselves now.

76 mins:Azerbaijan survive a goalmouth scramble in the drizzle as the minutes tick by.

69 mins:McCourt beats a couple of defenders in a mazy run but then lashes a shot high and wide.

67 mins:Northern Ireland bring on Chris Brunt for McGinn.

65 mins:Aliyev becomes the third player to be booked for diving this evening.

63 mins:Azerbaijan bring on Badavi Guseynov for Ali Gokdemir.

62 mins:Ferguson's brilliant cross lands on the head of Baird but the Fulham man somehow misses the target. Is it going to be one of those nights for Northern Ireland?

60 mins:Play swings to the other end but McCourt drags his shot wide.

58 mins:Cihan Ozkara beats the offside trap and is clean through on goal but Carroll races out of his area to take the ball away from the Azerbaijan striker.

57 mins:Kyle Lafferty goes down inside the area but is booked for diving.

56 mins:Northern Ireland have the tendency to look for an extra pass when a shot would be the better option.

55 mins:Northern Ireland make an early change - Shiels being replaced by Paddy McCourt.

54 mins:Azerbaijan look comfortable in possession, they're certainly no mugs.

54 mins:Aliyev is looking very dangerous for the visitors as he wins a corner for his side, although it comes to nothing.

52 mins:Chris Baird lashes a low shot wide after some great play by Daniel Lafferty as the decibel level rises.

49 mins:Vladimir Levin picks up a yellow card.

50 mins:Carthcart controls the ball well on his chest but then contrives to sky his shot way over the bar from close range. Yet another great chance wasted by the home side.

48 mins:The home fans are very subdued in the opening stages of the second half - the Northern Ireland players could do with being lifted at the moment.

47 mins:Neither manager has made any changes at the interval.

46 mins:Northern Ireland get the second-half action underway as the mist descends at Windsor Park.


45 mins:Daniel Lafferty heads over the bar from ten yards out - another great chance wasted.

42 mins:Shiels is booked for diving after going down under Rasim Ramaldanov's challenge.

43 mins:The home fans are starting to show their frustration as we close in on half time.

41 mins:Northern Ireland have whipped in some good crosses that have come to nothing, Hughes curling in the latest.

39 mins:Azerbaijan have weathered the storm and are looking comfortable again now.

37 mins:McAuley gets his head to a corner but can't guide the ball goalwards. Another half-chance for the home side.

35 mins:The home side's pressure is starting to build, but Azerbaijan haven't bucked yet.

33 mins:Craig Cathcart heads wide from virtually on the penalty spot after some concerted Northern Ireland pressure.

31 mins:Kyle Lafferty gingerly returns to the fray.

30 mins:There's a break in play as Kyle Lafferty needs treatment after injuring a knee in the challenge with the Azerbaijan goalkeeper.

29 mins:Kyle Lafferty's first touch lets him down after he beats the offside trap and he allows Aghayev to race off his line and block the Sion man's strike.

27 mins:Dean Shiels drills a low cross into the danger area but again there's no colleague in a forward enough position to turn the ball home.

25 mins:Niall McGinn turns well inside the area and gets in a shot but again it's a pretty comfortable stop for Aghayev.

23 mins:Nadirov is fortunate to escape a yellow card after a nasty-looking challenge on Gareth McAuley.

21 mins:Aaron Hughes chests the ball back to Carroll but Azerbaijan continue to loook worryingly lively.

19 mins:Kyle Lafferty fires in Northern Ireland's first on-target effort but it's straight at Aghayev who makes a routine save.

17 mins:The home fans are trying to lift their heroes, who look in need of encouragement at the moment.

15 mins:Azerbaijan are continuing to look lively on the break although Vuqar Nadirov balloons an ambitious effort way over the bar.

13 mins:Lafferty surges clear down the right and sends over a great cross but no team-mate can get on the end of it.

11 mins:Northern Ireland seem stunned by that goal. How different would this match have been had Lafferty not missed that early sitter?

9 mins:Azerbaijan have set their stall out now as they defend in numbers and try to frustrate their hosts.

7 mins:It was a great strike and has really silenced the home fans.

5 mins:NORTHERN IRELAND 0-1 AZERBAIJAN. A superb 30-yard curler by RAUF ALIYEV beats Roy Carroll and gives the visitors a shock lead.

5 mins:An unmarked Kyle Lafferty somehow heads over the bar from five yards out, bad miss by the big striker.

4 mins:Shane Ferguson's cross from the left drifts onto the roof of Salahat Aghayev's net. It's been a lively start by Northern Ireland though.

2 mins:Azerbaijan, in white shirts and blue shorts, are immediately forced onto the defensive from the first whistle.

1 mins:We're underway at an expectant Windsor Park.

Northern Ireland will be looking to win the match after impressing in last month's 1-1 draw in Portugal.

Northern Ireland start a run of four successive home World Cup qualifiers by playing Berti Vogts' Azerbaijan side.

team line-up

1Roy Carroll
2Daniel Lafferty
18Aaron Hughes
5Craig Cathcart82
4Gareth McAuley
14Niall McGinn67
17Shane Ferguson
6Chris Baird
8Steven Davis
10Kyle Lafferty
7Dean Shiels55


9David Healy82
19William Grigg
11Chris Brunt67
13Corry Evans
15Patrick McCourt55
12Alan Mannus
16Oliver Norwood
23Michael McGovern


Viktor Shvetsov

team line-up

23Salahat Aghayev
18Maksim Medvedev
21Vladimir Levin
13Ali G÷kdemir63
15Ruslan Abisov
9Cihan Ízkara79
19Rahid Amirquliyev
16Javid Huseynov
17Vuqar Nadirov
5Rasim Ramaldanov72
11Rauf Aliyev


1Andrey Popovic
20Elvin Mammadov
2Badavi Huseynov63
7Vaqif Javadov79
10Branimir Subasic
14Haci Ahmadov
6Rashad F. Sadigov
3Elhad Naziri72
12Anar Nazirov
8Aleksandr Certoqanov
22Ugur Pamuk


Viktor Shvetsov

match stats

possession %6534
shots on target65
shots off target123
tackles won1616