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Stuart Dallas’s last-gasp strike gives Northern Ireland vital win in Azerbaijan

Stuart Dallas’s stoppage-time strike earned Northern Ireland a smash-and-grab 1-0 win over Azerbaijan that kept his team firmly on the road to Russia.

Missing eight players from the squad that went to France and without Gareth McAuley after a first-half injury, Michael O’Neill’s side struggled in the Baku heat and were thankful to the profligacy of Afran Ismayilov. The visitors secured an unlikely victory when Dallas rifled in a late winner, his first goal in a competitive international, having been teed up in the penalty area by the cool-headed Jonny Evans.

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