Healy saves point but not blushes
World Cup qualifier round-up:Northern Ireland’s World Cup qualifying campaign lies in tatters despite record goalscorer David Healy securing a last-gasp equaliser in a 1-1 draw against minnows Azerbaijan at Windsor Park.
Rauf Aliyev scored a screamer to give the Group F minnows a fifth-minute lead and Northern Ireland conspired to waste at least half a dozen glorious chances to equalise inside 90 minutes.
Craig Cathcart and Chris Baird spurned four of the best between them and it took Healy’s first goal in four years, deep in added time, to avert what would have been an embarrassing defeat.
The result leaves Northern Ireland with three points from four games and all but out of the reckoning, as well as consigning last month’s heroic draw in Portugal firmly to the history books.
In Group H,two goals from Andrija Delibasic and another by Elsad Zverotic gave Montenegroa 3-0 home win over San Marinoin Podgorica to send the tiny nation top of the group above England.
Montenegro have 10 points from four matches, two more points than England from the same number of games with the two teams yet to play each other on the road to the 2014 finals in Brazil.