Michael O'Neill is still without a win as Northern Ireland boss after a World Cup qualifier defeat by Israel.

Israel striker Itay Shechter hit the woodwork after two minutes before Steve Davis was denied by a superb Dudu Aouate save as the hosts took control.

The visitors struck twice late in the game as Lior Refaelov fired into the bottom corner before Eden Ben Basat's classy shot into the roof of the net.

Northern Ireland have now lost four and drawn five under O'Neill.

His team should have been the fresher after their qualifier against Russia on Friday was postponed, while Israel had played out a 3-3 draw with Portugal that night.

However, the visitors threatened first when a neat short corner move ended with Swansea's on-loan striker Shechter volleying against the post from close range.

Israel failed to build on their early chance and Northern Ireland began to take a grip on affairs after a scrappy opening 20 minutes.

Davis played in Martin Paterson but Aouate raced out to beat the Burnley striker to the ball while a powerful Chris Brunt effort was diverted wide.

The returning Paterson was the creator on 31 minutes as his low cross was met by Davis, but Aouate made an excellent point-blank save and Shane Ferguson's weak follow-up header was cleared.

Northern Ireland were looking dangerous and Gareth McAuley's low cross flew across the goalmouth but failed to find a connection.

Israel tested Roy Carroll for the first time early in the second half, when Maor Melikson was given space by Ben Basat's pass but fired straight at the Olympiacos keeper.

Northern Ireland failed to maintain the momentum gained before the break and they were reduced to long-range efforts.

Davis sent a half-volley flying just wide from 20 yards before Daniel Lafferty sliced off-target.

The breakthrough came 13 minutes from time and there was a touch of fortune in Israel's opener.

The ball was aimlessly poked through but it broke for substitute Refaelov, who sent his shot across Carroll and into the bottom corner.

There was no luck involved in the second goal seven minutes later, with Shechter cutting back for Ben Basat to calmly side-foot beyond Carroll from 12 yards.

It was a rare bit of class in dour encounter and a shell-shocked Northern Ireland failed to muster a response, while Brunt's injury-time booking means the midfielder will miss the next qualifier.

Northern Ireland remain on three points from five qualifiers while O'Neill's win-less run at the helm stretches to nine matches.

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90:00 +3:26 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +3:02

Free kick taken by Bebras Natcho.

90:00 +3:02 Booking

Booking Chris Brunt goes into the referee's book.

90:00 +2:57

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Yossi Benayoun by Chris Brunt.

90:00 +0:58

David Healy takes a shot. Dudu Aouate makes a save.

88:39

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Brunt on Bebras Natcho. Direct free kick taken by Yossi Benayoun.

88:05

The official flags Josh Magennis offside. Dudu Aouate takes the indirect free kick.

86:43

Corner taken right-footed by Niall McGinn.

86:16

Aaron Hughes takes a shot. Eitan Tibi gets a block in.

85:51

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt played to the near post, clearance by Rami Gershon.

85:03 Substitution

Substitution Yossi Benayoun on for Itay Shechter.

83:40

Assist by Itay Shechter.

83:40 Goal scored

Goal! - Eden Ben Basat - N Ireland 0 - 2 Israel Eden Ben Basat fires in a goal from just inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Northern Ireland 0-2 Israel.

82:39 Substitution

Substitution David Healy joins the action as a substitute, replacing Martin Paterson.

81:23

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rami Gershon by Aaron Hughes. Rami Gershon takes the direct free kick.

80:28

Itay Shechter fouled by Chris Brunt, the ref awards a free kick. Bebras Natcho crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Gareth McAuley.

79:27

Dudu Aouate fouled by Gareth McAuley, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Dudu Aouate.

78:13 Substitution

Substitution Sammy Clingan goes off and Patrick McCourt comes on.

76:47

Assist on the goal came from Itay Shechter.

76:47 Goal scored

Goal! - Lion Refaelov - N Ireland 0 - 1 Israel Goal scored by Lion Refaelov from just inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Northern Ireland 0-1 Israel.

74:12

Inswinging corner taken by Chris Brunt from the right by-line, Bebras Natcho manages to make a clearance.

71:59 Substitution

Substitution (Northern Ireland) makes a substitution, with Josh Magennis coming on for Shane Ferguson.

68:52 Substitution

Substitution Maor Melikson leaves the field to be replaced by Lion Refaelov.

65:56

Free kick awarded for a foul by Martin Paterson on Yuval Spungin. Eitan Tibi restarts play with the free kick.

64:56

Eran Zahavi takes a shot. Roy Carroll makes a save.

63:39

Aaron Hughes fouled by Itay Shechter, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Brunt takes the free kick.

62:24

Steven Davis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Maor Melikson. Tal Ben Haim takes the free kick.

60:52

Unfair challenge on Bebras Natcho by Chris Brunt results in a free kick. Tal Ben Haim restarts play with the free kick.

59:34

Shot from just outside the box by Danny Lafferty misses to the left of the target.

59:25 Substitution

Substitution Maharan Radi goes off and Eran Zahavi comes on.

58:38

Steven Davis has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.

54:01

Corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt from the right by-line, Gareth McAuley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rami Gershon. Direct free kick taken by Dudu Aouate.

52:46

Maor Melikson produces a volleyed right-footed shot from 12 yards. Save by Roy Carroll.

49:03

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Davis, clearance made by Bebras Natcho.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +0:10 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

41:57

Free kick awarded for a foul by Itay Shechter on Jonny Evans. Direct free kick taken by Jonny Evans.

41:23

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Chris Brunt, save by Dudu Aouate.

40:27

Corner from left by-line taken by Shane Ferguson.

39:37

Rami Gershon concedes a free kick for a foul on Niall McGinn. Free kick taken by Chris Brunt.

38:30

Shot by Sammy Clingan from outside the box goes high over the target.

36:48

Shiran Yeini takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.

35:48

The free kick is delivered right-footed by Bebras Natcho from right wing, clearance made by Gareth McAuley.

35:48 Booking

Booking Jonny Evans shown a yellow card.

35:34

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Maor Melikson by Jonny Evans.

34:36

Shane Ferguson concedes a free kick for a foul on Maharan Radi. Eitan Tibi takes the free kick.

31:00

Steven Davis takes a shot. Dudu Aouate makes a save. Shane Ferguson takes a shot. Chris Brunt takes a shot. Blocked by Tal Ben Haim. Yuval Spungin makes a clearance.

29:56

The official flags Martin Paterson offside. Eitan Tibi takes the free kick.

28:58

Effort on goal by Martin Paterson from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

26:56

Maor Melikson concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonny Evans. Direct free kick taken by Roy Carroll.

25:25

Eden Ben Basat challenges Martin Paterson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Chris Brunt, clearance by Yuval Spungin.

23:10

Niall McGinn fouled by Rami Gershon, the ref awards a free kick. Gareth McAuley takes the free kick.

22:30

Itay Shechter concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonny Evans. Roy Carroll takes the free kick.

16:42

The ball is crossed by Shane Ferguson, save made by Dudu Aouate.

13:54

Itay Shechter challenges Jonny Evans unfairly and gives away a free kick. Roy Carroll restarts play with the free kick.

11:47

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Davis on Shiran Yeini. Eitan Tibi restarts play with the free kick.

4:38

Eden Ben Basat gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sammy Clingan. Gareth McAuley restarts play with the free kick.

3:00

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Bebras Natcho, Effort from close range by Itay Shechter bounces off the post.

0:45

Eden Ben Basat gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sammy Clingan. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Chris Brunt from right channel, Dudu Aouate makes a save.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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