Steven Davis captained Northern Ireland and played the full 90 minutes as they were beaten 2-0 by Germany in their World Cup qualifier in Hannover.
Julian Draxler opened the scoring on 13 minutes for the world champions, before Sami Khedira doubled their advantage four minutes later with a header.
Northern Ireland had a couple of chances to reduce the arrears. First Jamie Ward’s shot was saved comfortably by Manuel Neuer, and the Germany stopper then blocked a Josh Magennis shot at his front post.
Michael O’Neill’s men did well to restrict a fluid Germany side to two goals and Mario Gotze saw his header blocked well by Lee Hodson in the second-half.
On 80 minutes, Gotze weaved into the box and got into shooting range but he saw his effort thwarted by Michael McGovern.
The result leaves Northern Ireland in third place in Group C, behind Germany and Azerbaijan.