By Alan Duffy
Azerbaijan 2-0 Northern Ireland – 2014 World Cup Qualifiers – 11th October 2013
Two second-half goals from the hosts inflicted yet another somewhat embarrassing defeat on Northern Ireland, with Michael O’Neill’s 3-5-2 formation change failing to kickstart his side’s ailing campaign.
Rufat Dadasov (58 mins) and Mahir Shukorov (90 mins) were the goalscorers for the hosts, with Shurorov’s late free-kick goal coming after Manchester United defender Jonny Evans was sent off for kicking out at Rauf Aliyev.
The Irish did fashion a number of chances of their own, with Martin Paterson hitting the woodwork, but overall, O’Neill’s charges have a lot of work to do before they make any kind of mark on international football.