Northern Ireland's relegation to League C was already confirmed but tonight they slumped to a fourth successive defeat in the competition after a 2-1 reversal at home to Austria in Windsor Park. 

Bosnia & Herzegovina, sitting out tonight having played all their games, are already assured of promotion to League A but tonight's result leaves Northern Ireland as the only side in League B to fail to register a point.  

A deflection almost gave Northern Ireland a goal six minutes in. Liam Boyce had been quick to make an impact in the game with his imposing physique but after he was dispossesed the ball fell for Corry Evans, whose first time shot bobbled up off a defender before being touched over by the back-peddling Heinz Lindner.

Alaba curled a free-kick just over at the other end after being brought down by George Saville, while Michael Gregoritsch's long-range shot was touched behind for a corner in an uncertain moment for Trevor Carson.

With McAuley back in the team, Northern Ireland were looking to profit from set-pieces, but a Steven Davis' delivery looking for the Rangers man was cut out before the following corner somehow evaded several Northern Ireland players as it sailed across the face of goal. 

The game settled down into a midfield battle as the half wore on, with chances at a premium for both teams.

Saville won a free-kick on the edge of the area when fouled by Xaver Schlager a minute before half-time, but McGinn's free-kick curled inches wide. 

Austria struck just four minutes into the second half.

Davis failed to cut out a cross from the left and Schlager darted in front of Saville to fire a low shot across goal and into the bottom right-hand corner. 

 Stuart Dallas troops down the tunnel after Northern Ireland's latest Nations League defeat

The goal brought Northern Ireland to life.

They were half-hearted shouts for a penalty when Jonny Evans tumbled over under the attentions of Aleksandar Dragovic.

McGinn then drove towards goal and teed up Davis, but his shot was blocked by Dragovic before McGinn fired over from the rebound.

And they were level in the 56th minute. Jordan Jones slipped the ball into the path of Corry Evans, who took a touch before striking a low shot which deflected off Martin Hinteregger to beat Lindner - Evans' first goal for Northern Ireland in eight years. 

Schlager could and perhaps should have doubled his tally in the 66th minute when he beat the offside trap to get a toe on Gregoritsch's shot, but he diverted it wide with the goal at his mercy.

Alaba was the next to go close, cutting in from the right and hitting a shot which bounced back off the stanchion behind the goal.

Arnautovic was brought on for the last 20 minutes and he was quickly involved, teeing up Alaba who fired over from the edge of the area.

Northern Ireland responded, with Saville firing just wide despite being off-balance. 

Things got a little tetchy late on, with McAuley booked after appearing to hold Arnautovic in a headlock when they both tumbled to the ground.

Valentino Lazaro then broke Northern Ireland hearts with virtually the last kick of the game.

Dallas lost the ball and Arnautovic played the ball in for him to fire into the top corner and inflict a fourth defeat in four on Michael O'Neill's men in this competition.