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AzerbaijanAzerbaijanTofig Bahramov Republican stadium - BakuSaturday 10 June 2017
18.00CET (20.00 local time)
Group C - Matchday 6
Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
11/11/2016QR (GS)Northern Ireland - Azerbaijan4-0
BelfastK. Lafferty 27, McAuley 40, C. McLaughlin 66, Brunt 83
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
11/10/2013QR (GS)Azerbaijan - Northern Ireland2-0
BakuDadaşov 58, Shukurov 90+5
14/11/2012QR (GS)Northern Ireland - Azerbaijan1-1BelfastHealy 90+6; R. Aliyev 5
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
03/09/2005QR (GS)Northern Ireland - Azerbaijan2-0
BelfastElliott 60, Feeney 85
09/10/2004QR (GS)Azerbaijan - Northern Ireland0-0Baku
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
Northern Ireland32102011----522173

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Squad list Only this chapter

Azerbaijan - Squad list
Current season
-Kamran Agayev09/02/198631 - 5000
-Anar Nazirov08/09/198531Zirä - 0000
-Salahat Agayev04/01/199126İnter Bakı - 0000
-Rashad F. Sadygov16/06/198234Qarabağ - 3000
-Pavlo Pashayev04/01/198829Stal - 1000
-Ruslan Abışov10/10/198729İnter Bakı - 0000
-Maksim Medvedev29/09/198927Qarabağ - 4100
-Tarlan Guliyev19/04/199225İnter Bakı - 0000
-Badavi Hüseynov11/07/199125Qarabağ - 4000
-Magomed Mirzabekov16/11/199026Gabala - 5000
-Rahid Amirguliyev01/09/198927Qarabağ - 5000
-Javid Hüseynov09/03/198829Gabala - 1000
-Araz Abdullayev18/04/199225Neftçi - 1000
-Gara Garayev12/10/199224Qarabağ - 5000
-Afran Ismayilov08/10/198828Qarabağ - 3000
-Emin Makhmudov 27/04/199225Boavista*2000
-Dmitri Nazarov04/04/199027Erzgebirge*5100
-Eddy02/08/199224Cádiz - 3000
-Richard Almeida20/03/198829Qarabağ - 0000
-Ruslan Gurbanov12/09/199125Gabala*5100
-Namik Alaskarov 03/02/199522Neftçi*3000
-Ramil Sheydaev15/03/199621Žilina*5000
-Agabala Ramazanov20/01/199324İnter Bakı - 4000
-Robert Prosinecki12/01/196948 - 5000
Northern Ireland - Squad list
Current season
-Roy Carroll30/09/197739Linfield - 0000
-Alan Mannus19/05/198235St Johnstone - 0000
-Michael McGovern12/07/198432Norwich - 5000
-Aaron Hughes08/11/197937Hearts - 1000
-Gareth McAuley05/12/197937West Brom - 5100
-Jonny Evans03/01/198829West Brom - 5000
-Daniel Lafferty18/05/198928Sheff. United - 0000
-Conor McLaughlin26/07/199125Fleetwood - 4100
-Lee Hodson02/10/199125Rangers - 2000
-Adam Thompson28/09/199224Southend - 0000
-Tom Flanagan21/10/199125Burton - 0000
-Steven Davis01/01/198532Southampton - 5100
-Chris Brunt14/12/198432West Brom - 2100
-Josh Magennis15/08/199026Charlton - 4000
-Oliver Norwood12/04/199126Brighton*5000
-Stuart Dallas19/04/199126Leeds*3000
-Shane Ferguson12/07/199125Millwall - 4000
-Matthew Lund21/11/199026Rochdale - 1000
-Paul Paton18/04/198730St Johnstone - 0000
-Kyle Lafferty16/09/198729Norwich - 5300
-Niall McGinn20/07/198729Aberdeen - 5000
-Liam Boyce08/04/199126Ross County - 0000
-Seamus McCartan18/05/199423Accrington - 0000
-Michael O'Neill05/07/196947 - 5000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Robert Prosinečki

Date of birth: 12 January 1969
Playing career:
GNK Dinamo Zagreb (twice), FK Crvena zvezda, Real Madrid CF, Real Oviedo, FC Barcelona, Sevilla FC, NK Hrvatski Dragovoljac, R. Standard de Liège, Portsmouth FC, NK Olimpija Ljubljana, NK Zagreb
Coaching career:
Croatia (assistant), FK Crvena zvezda, Kayserispor

• Born in Germany, Prosinečki moved back to Croatia with his family in 1979, and developed as a midfielder with stunning technique at Dinamo Zagreb.

• He moved on to Crvena zvezda and helped the Belgrade side to win the 1990/91 European Champion Clubs' Cup, scoring the opening penalty in their shoot-out success against Olympique de Marseille.

• After a high-profile transfer, injuries hampered his time at Real Madrid, though he was to stay in Spain for some time, representing Oviedo, Barcelona and Sevilla before further adventures in Belgium, England and Slovenia.

• Capped 15 times for Yugoslavia and 49 times for Croatia, his goals in the 1990 and 1998 tournaments made him the only player to score in FIFA World Cup finals competitons for two different nations.

• Having assisted former Croatia team-mate Slaven Bilić with the national team, Prosinečki coached Crvena zvezda to Serbian Cup success in 2011/12 and led Turkish side Kayserispor from 2012–13. Hired as Azerbaijan coach in December 2014.



Michael O'Neill

Date of birth: 5 July 1969
Nationality: Northern Irish
Playing career: Coleraine FC, Newcastle United FC, Dundee United FC, Hibernian FC, Coventry City FC, Aberdeen FC (loan), Reading FC (loan), Wigan Athletic FC, Saint Johnstone FC, Portland Timbers, Clydebank FC, Glentoran FC, Ayr United FC
Coaching career: Brechin City FC, Shamrock Rovers FC, Northern Ireland

• A midfielder and forward during a 20-year playing career, O'Neill spent the bulk of his time in Scotland, most notably with Dundee United and Hibernian. Enjoyed late success when winning a Northern Irish league and League Cup double with Glentoran in 2002/03.

• Made 31 appearances for his country, scoring four goals, two of which came in a memorable 5-3 victory against Austria during EURO '96 qualifying.

• Moved into coaching as assistant manager of Scottish club Cowdenbeath in 2005 before taking the reins at Brechin in March 2006. Was named coach of Shamrock Rovers in the Republic of Ireland in December 2008, guiding the Hoops to a second-place finish in his debut season before clinching their first title since 1994 in 2010.

• Made history as Rovers became the first Irish side to qualify for the group stage of a European competition, beating FK Partizan in the 2011/12 UEFA Europa League play-offs. Also led the Hoops to a second successive domestic championship in 2011.

• Appointed coach of his country in December 2011 and helped Northern Ireland record several notable results in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying, including a 1-1 draw in Portugal and a home win against Russia. Even better was to come as O'Neill steered his charges to UEFA EURO 2016, their first UEFA European Championship appearance, taking Northern Ireland to the last 16 at the finals in France.



Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeJavier Estrada (ESP)
  • Assistant refereesMiguel Martínez (ESP) , Teodoro Sobrino (ESP)
  • Fourth officialAlejandro Hernandez (ESP)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerJean Paul Mievis (BEL)
  • Referee observerGeorgios Bikas (GRE)


NameDate of birthUEFA matches
Javier Estrada27/01/1976130

FIFA Wold Cup matches involving teams from the two countries involved in this match

No such matches refereed

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
26/03/2013U17ELITENorthern IrelandItaly0-0Echt
03/07/2014UEL1QRCrusaders FCFK Ekranas3-1Belfast
17/09/2015UELGSGabala SCPAOK FC0-0Baku

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Competition facts Only this chapter

The Week of Football concept enables fans around the world to enjoy the very best action from the European Qualifiers – which will determine UEFA's representatives at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup comprises nine groups of six teams, with matches played on a home-and-away basis.

Qualifying takes place under the 'Week of Football' concept, introduced ahead of the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying campaign, in which games are spread out from Thursday to Tuesday, shining the spotlight on more teams on the road to the finals in Russia. Moreover, thanks to the Week of Football, at least 43% of matches will be played on weekends, giving fans a better chance to follow the action on television, in the stadiums and on

Kick-off times will be set mainly at 18:00CET and 20:45CET on Saturdays and Sundays and at 20:45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. In double-header matchweeks, sides will play on Thursday/Sunday, Friday/Monday or Saturday/Tuesday. Each day of the Week of Football will feature eight to ten games.

The nine group winners will qualify directly for the final tournament. The eight best runners-up will contest play-offs to decide the last four qualifiers for the finals.

The 13 qualifiers then join hosts Russia in the finals to make it 14 UEFA member associations represented.

How qualification works

The other confederations have the following qualifying berths:

Africa: 5
Asia: 4.5
North and Central America and Caribbean: 3.5
Oceania: 0.5
South America: 4.5



Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group C - Group Standings
    Northern Ireland531110210
    Czech Republic5221848
    San Marino50051230
    Matchday 1 (04/09/2016)
    San Marino 0-1 Azerbaijan
    0-1 R. Gurbanov 45
    K. Agayev, Garayev, Mirzabekov, Medvedev, R. Gurbanov (69 Alaskarov ), Nazarov (78 Makhmudov ), R. F. Sadygov, Ramazanov (89 Sheydaev), Amirguliyev, Dashdemirov, Ismayilov
  • Matchday 2 (08/10/2016)
    Azerbaijan 1-0 Norway
    1-0 Medvedev 11
    K. Agayev, Garayev, Mirzabekov, Medvedev, Eddy (65 Alaskarov ), R. Gurbanov (80 Sheydaev), Nazarov, R. F. Sadygov, Ramazanov (90 Hüseynov), Amirguliyev, Dashdemirov
  • Matchday 3 (11/10/2016)
    Czech Republic 0-0 Azerbaijan
    K. Agayev, Garayev, Mirzabekov, Medvedev, Hüseynov, Alaskarov (71 Ramazanov), R. Gurbanov (87 А. Abdullayev), Nazarov, Amirguliyev, Sheydaev (91 Eddy), Dashdemirov
  • Matchday 4 (11/11/2016)
    Northern Ireland 4-0 Azerbaijan
    1-0 K. Lafferty 27, 2-0 McAuley 40, 3-0 C. McLaughlin 66, 4-0 Brunt 83
    K. Agayev, Garayev, Mirzabekov, Medvedev, Hüseynov, R. Gurbanov (75 Ramazanov), Makhmudov (70 Nazarov), Amirguliyev, Sheydaev (46 Deniz Yılmaz), Dashdemirov, Ismayilov
  • Matchday 5 (26/03/2017)
    Azerbaijan 1-4 Germany
    0-1 Schürrle 19, 1-1 Nazarov 31, 1-2 Müller 36, 1-3 Gomez 45, 1-4 Schürrle 81
    K. Agayev, Garayev, Mirzabekov, Pashayev, Hüseynov, Nazarov, R. F. Sadygov, J. Hüseynov, Amirguliyev (87 Eddy), Sheydaev (67 Deniz Yılmaz), Ismayilov (81 R. Gurbanov)
  • Matchday 6 (10/06/2017)
    Azerbaijan-Northern Ireland
  • Matchday 7 (01/09/2017)
  • Matchday 8 (04/09/2017)
    Azerbaijan-San Marino
  • Matchday 9 (05/10/2017)
    Azerbaijan-Czech Republic
  • Matchday 10 (08/10/2017)

Northern Ireland

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (04/09/2016)
    Czech Republic 0-0 Northern Ireland
    McGovern, C. McLaughlin, Ferguson (66 Hodson), McAuley, J. Evans, S. Davis, K. Lafferty (59 Magennis), Dallas, Norwood, McNair, Ward (74 McGinn)
  • Matchday 2 (08/10/2016)
    Northern Ireland 4-0 San Marino
    1-0 S. Davis 26 (P) , 2-0 K. Lafferty 79, 3-0 Ward 85, 4-0 K. Lafferty 90+4
    McGovern, C. McLaughlin (77 McNair), Ferguson, McAuley, J. Evans, McGinn, S. Davis, Dallas (65 Washington), Norwood, Ward, Magennis (72 K. Lafferty)
  • Matchday 3 (11/10/2016)
    Germany 2-0 Northern Ireland
    1-0 Draxler 13, 2-0 Khedira 17
    McGovern, Ferguson, McAuley, J. Evans, Hodson, S. Davis, C. Evans, Norwood (73 McNair), Hughes, Ward (61 McGinn), Magennis (76 K. Lafferty)
  • Matchday 4 (11/11/2016)
    Northern Ireland 4-0 Azerbaijan
    1-0 K. Lafferty 27, 2-0 McAuley 40, 3-0 C. McLaughlin 66, 4-0 Brunt 83
    McGovern, C. McLaughlin, Ferguson (73 McGinn), McAuley, J. Evans, S. Davis, K. Lafferty (61 Grigg), Brunt, C. Evans (81 McNair), Norwood, Magennis
  • Matchday 5 (26/03/2017)
    Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway
    1-0 Ward 2, 2-0 Washington 33
    McGovern, C. McLaughlin, McAuley, J. Evans, S. Davis, Washington (85 K. Lafferty), Brunt, Dallas (88 Lund), Norwood, Ward (80 McGinn), Cathcart
  • Matchday 6 (10/06/2017)
    Azerbaijan-Northern Ireland
  • Matchday 7 (01/09/2017)
    San Marino-Northern Ireland
  • Matchday 8 (04/09/2017)
    Northern Ireland-Czech Republic
  • Matchday 9 (05/10/2017)
    Northern Ireland-Germany
  • Matchday 10 (08/10/2017)
    Norway-Northern Ireland

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Club competitions
  • UCL: UEFA Champions League
  • ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
  • UEL: UEFA Europa League
  • UCUP: UEFA Cup
  • UCWC: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  • SCUP: UEFA Super Cup
  • UIC: UEFA Intertoto Cup
  • ICF: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
National team competitions
  • EURO: UEFA European Football Championship
  • WC: FIFA World Cup
  • CONFCUP: FIFA Confederations Cup
  • FRIE: Friendly internationals
  • U21FRIE: Under-21 friendly internationals
  • U21: UEFA European Under-21 Championship
  • U17: UEFA Under-17 Championship
  • U16: UEFA European Under-16 Championship
  • U19: UEFA Under-19 Championship
  • U18: UEFA European Under-18 Championship
  • WWC: FIFA Women's World Cup
  • WEURO: UEFA European Women's Championship

Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable


  • -: Denotes player substituted
  • +: Denotes player introduced
  • *: Denotes player sent off
  • +/-: Denotes player introduced and substituted

Squad list

  • D: Disciplinary
  • *: Misses next match if booked
  • S: Suspended
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