Had very little to do bar one or two routine long-range efforts that he dealt with without issue.
Nothing to deal with defensively but restricted in an attacking sense because of the way Bystrov stuck to the right channel rather than floating into space as Dzagoev preferred. Offered an open pass and support to the deeper midfielders.
Like Ignashevich, cruised through a less than challenging outing.
Only needed for the most part, like his partner Berezutskiy, in a capacity of recycling possession. Permitted Lafferty very little space.
Kept things simple in midfield, generally moving laterally to recycle possession, but broke forward with aplomb to open the scoring.
Dashed into the space vacated by Dzagoev on the left, but was largely isolated and Northern Ireland dealt with most of his crosses.
His runs from midfield could have been devastating combined with the movement that the front three offered, but Dzagoev's forays into the space in front of him and the tight Northern Ireland midfield three served to close up the channels he might have exploited. Did force one fine save from Carroll after breaking through into the penalty area and scored from the penalty spot.
Conducted the action in front of him from the base of midfield. A real organiser and very rarely concedes possession.
Russia's brightest attacking spark, but sometimes lacked options in the final third. Kerzhakov's finishing was wasteful and Bystrov tended to stay out wide so, although he picked up the ball in good positions, he did not always have a good pass on. Did start the move from which Fayzulin scored with a neat through ball, the type of which he threatened all afternoon.
Stuck to the right flank and as such wasn't much of a goalscoring threat. Looked more threatening when he came in closer to his two forward partners and looked to cause problems in the penalty area. Put one or two dangerous low crosses into the box.
His performance was more reminiscent of the Kerzhakov seen at Euro 2012 than the one enjoyed by Zenit St Petersburg, unfortunately for Fabio Capello. Wasteful in front of goal, failing to hit the target with the first real chance of the match, but did play a part in setting up Fayzulin's goal, providing the cut-back for the midfielder. Went close with two free-kicks late on.
Little he could do about Fayzulin's opener and made a good save from Shirokov to keep his team in touch. Did everything that could reasonably be asked of him but Northern Ireland needed the spectacular.
Probably the least tested of the Northern Ireland back four, with only the advances of left-back Kombarov to deal with until Kokorin came off the bench.
Beaten by Bystrov once or twice but defended reasonably before he fouled Kokorin to concede a penalty.
Solid alongside Jonny Evans at the back. Won headers and defended aggressively against Kerzhakov, but was lucky not to concede a penalty for a challenge on Bystrov.
Out of position in midfield and struggled to keep hold of the ball or close down the spaces which Dzagoev exploited in front of the back four.
Very assertive at the back. The slick passing and running of the Russia forwards was a challenge but he defended confidently and helped to restrict the flow of chances despite the hosts' dominance.
Very limited in what he could achieve on the left flank. Played in a very crowded area and really couldn't contribute anything in an attacking sense.
The most energetic of the Northern Irish midfielders but couldn't make anything happen in the opposition half, despite his hard running, and was simply not good enough in possession.
A passenger for the most part in central midfield. Struggled to get his foot on the ball.
Isolated and looked slightly out of his depth without much support on the right. Easily dealt with by Kombarov.
Worked hard, as ever, but totally isolated in attack. His runs were good but Berezutskiy and Ignashevich were smart enough to deal with them.