Burton Albion defender Tom Flanagan was an unused substitute as Northern Ireland strengthened their grip on second-place in their World Cup qualifying group with a 3-0 defeat over San Marino on Friday night.
A Josh Magennis double and a late Steven Davis effort ensured that the visitors would be going home winners after struggling to break down a stubborn San Marino defence, with their eyes now firmly focused on next summer's tournament in Russia.
Flanagan was left on the bench as manager Michael O'Neill opted for an attacking line-up, and peppered the hosts all match with his side leaving it late to open the scoring when Magennis headed in on the 70th minute.
Fellow Northern Ireland and Burton teammates Matty Lund and Liam Boyce were absent through injury, with Lund shaking off an ankle problem sustained in the Brewers' 2-1 victory over Birmingham City last month.
Northern Ireland can now guarantee a top-two finish in group C, and a possible play-off berth, if they avoid defeat against Czech Republic at Windsor Park on Monday after results went their way on Friday night.
Germany's 2-1 defeat of the Czechs means that Flanagan's Northern Ireland now sit second on 16 points, seven clear of the Czechs in third and five behind first-placed Germany.