Was powerless to stop Azerbaijan’s opener, but otherwise had very little to do throughout the game as the away side became increasingly defensive.
A constant danger at set-pieces, but at times looked very uncomfortable in defence and communicating with Carroll.
Missed two great chances to level the scores and was guilty of a poor understanding alongside McAuley in the centre of defence while being unable to cope with Azerbaijan’s rare attacks.
Was guilty of some wasteful crosses, but was strong in defence and made a number of marauding runs forward as he looked to spark his side’s attacking play.
Tried to assert his authority in the centre of midfield, but struggled to get hold of the ball and then keep it. His passing often let him down at the crucial time before missing two glorious chances in the second half.
Overlapped well from left-back, but was guilty of missing some good chances of his own and being slightly wasteful at times with his crosses.
Was full of tricks as he caused some problems for the Azerbaijan defence, but was unable to make any real impact as they just about coped with his attacking threat.
Northern Ireland’s captain had some brief flashes of inspiration in midfield, but could not quite get into a good rhythm and was largely anonymous.
Looked lively at times and sent in some superb deliveries from set pieces with his left foot, but struggled to deliver good crosses with regularity and cut a frustrated figure by the end of the game.
Was Northern Ireland’s best attacking threat by far as he led the line alone and had some superb chances, but could not convert and was booked for simulation in the second half as his frustration became apparent.
Showed signs of an understanding with Kyle Lafferty, but after being cautioned for diving was unable to assert his authority before being replaced by Paddy McCourt in the 54th minute.
Looked superb in goal in the face of Northern Ireland’s attacks, making some brilliant saves and showing a great deal of capability when tested with high balls.
Looked solid in the air, but struggled against Ferguson at times while giving away a few free kicks, before being replaced by Huseynov in the 62nd minute.
A physical presence in the defence, and despite being a little hesitant at times, was not punished by the Northern Irish attackers.
Guilty of giving the ball away at times, but succeeding in denying Kyle Lafferty the time and space he needed while marshalling his defenders well.
Moved the ball around well in the midfield despite picking up a yellow card and was helpful as Azerbaijan tried to hold onto their lead.
The debutant looked solid and competent, showing a great attitude as he managed to keep Northern Ireland’s attackers quiet.
Kept the ball well in the midfield while providing several good passes for his more attack-minded team-mates to run on to.
Played a good role in keeping hold of the ball for his side, but at times found himself on the fringes of the game.
Scored a superb goal after just four minutes and was the Azerbaijanis’ main creative force throughout the game as he caused an enormous nuisance for the Northern Ireland defenders throughout the game.
Apart from sending a long-range attempt well over the bar, did little up front as Aliyev dominated proceedings.
Largely anonymous as his team-mates took most of the plaudits, but at times contributed towards breaking up the play and ensuring his team kept hold of the ball before being replaced late in the game.
Came on for Niall McGinn as Northern Ireland chased an equaliser but could not find the killer pass he so often finds in the Premier League.
Brought on for Dean Shiels in the 54th minute and looked a constant threat as he came forward on a regular basis and caused Azerbaijan's defenders some problems.