Kazakstan 1-0 Northern Ireland: Michael O'Neill's men slump to new low as defeat to Kazakstan ends...
With only minnows San Marino for company at the foot of Group H, a fifth straight defeat for Northern Ireland heaped yet more misery on their Euro 2024 qualification campaign.
Sunday's 1-0 loss away to Kazakhstan, with Maksim Samorodovs 20-yard strike the only goal scored on a plastic pitch at the Astana Stadium, was the latest nail in the Northern Irish coffin as they reluctantly accept they will not grace next years tournament in Germany.
An estimated 150 supporters made the 3,000-mile trek to the Kazakhstan capital. Manager Michael ONeill hoped his injury-ravaged team would play with pride for their sake but captained by Jonny Evans, the 35-year-old central defender of Manchester United, Northern Ireland could not trouble their opponents enough.