J Evans (28),C Brunt (41)
N Ireland vs Czech Rep
World Cup Euro Qual Group C
7:45pm Monday 4th September
WATCH: MATCH HIGHLIGHTS
N IRELAND 2-0 CZECH
performance from Northern Ireland who have clinched the second place spot
in Group C and give themselves a fantastic chance of a World Cup qualfying
The three points
were ultimately wrapped up in the first half with Jonny Evans heading
home in the 28th minute before Chris Brunt curled home a superb free kick
13 minutes later.
The Czech Republic
pushed for goals in the second half but could not breach one of the most solid
defences in the European World Cup Qualifiers as they secured a vital
N IRELAND 2-0 CZECH REPUBLIC
87: It's a party atmosphere at Windsor Park now as Northern Ireland cruise to this most vital of victories, with Michael O'Neill urging the crowd to get behind the players on the touchline.
84: Another Northern Ireland change now as Magennis is replaced by Shane Ferguson. Another great performance from the Charlton man tonight.
82: Gebre Selassie is cutting a frustrated figure now as he commits a foul on Norwood, pushing him to the floor. He instantly shakes his finger at the referee, but the Italian is having none of it and blows for a Northern Ireland free kick.
80: A corner for Northern Ireland in a rare attacking move from the hosts this half. Brunt delivers but Vaclik comes of his line to make a solid save.
79: CLOSE! It's a great delivery from Dockal but Kalas heads just wide before the corner is also cleared by the Northern Ireland defence before they go on the break.
78: Another yellow card, this time for Jonny Evans and it's a reverse of the one from a few minutes ago as the West Brom man lunges into a tackle on Husbauer. A bit of revenge perhaps?...
Free kick to the Czechs in a decent position now..
75: Another Czech yellow card as Husbauer produces a poor challenge on Jonny Evans, with his studs catching the defender just below the knee. It could easily have been a red but he's got away with it there.
74: Here comes the change as Dallas is replaced by Lafferty. Huge cheers for both players as the substitution is made.
73: Another poor break from Northern Ireland as Dallas meanders down the field with Magennis to his left who he should have played through really, but he is tracked well and any effort for a cross is blocked.
To be fair to him, he looks spent and Kyle Lafferty is being readied for the hosts.
71: Nearly a break for Northern Ireland who have had few attacking chances this half as Davis looks to be through on the break, but he takes a bit too long to assess his options as three red shirts surround him.
He does slip the ball through to Magennis but the linesman's flag is instantly raised for offside.
69: Another snapshot effort from Darida, this time taking aim from around 25 yards but it flashes well wide of the post.
They win the corner that Darida also delivers, and after a bit of pinball in the box, Suchy gets a shot away but McGovern stands firm on his line to collect.
68: CHANCES! They keep coming from the Czech Republic but they just cannot bury them as Gebre Selassie's fizzing cross just evades the foot of Kliment before Norwood clears.
The ball then falls to the feet of Darida who tries his luck, but the ball fires well wide over the crossbar.
66: A final change for the visitors as Novak comes off for Borek Dockal.
65: Another searching searching ball towards the back post as seems to be the Czech Republic plan at the moment, but neither Kliment or Gebre Selassie can latch onto the latest effort.
62: Some superb defending from Hughes there as Kliment looked to be through on goal, but he just flicks the ball out of the Czech Republic man's path, before Kliment clatters into a melee of Northern Ireland players. He stays down briefly before getting back to his feet.
61: CLOSE! The best chance the visitors have had this half as Husbauer whips a fantastic cross into the box from the top left corner, searching for the head of Krmencik but it just evades him as McGovern sees the ball wide.
60: First change for Northern Ireland as Washington is replaced by Lee Hodson.
58: Darida takes is short and as the ball is pumped into the box, Brunt clears before Jonny Evans runs it down to push it further away, but Kalas puts a leg out and catches the West Brom man with a crunching tackle as the ball fires down the field.
The Fulham man receives a yellow card for his troubles and will miss the next qualifier for the Czech Republic.
57: Free kick to the Czech Republic as Evans just catches newbie Kliment as he races down the right flank. Darida is over it as the referee has a word with the players before it is taken.
55: Changes for the visitors now as Jankto is replaced by Jam Kliment and Krejci coming off for Josef Husbauer.
54: Much like the first half, the Czechs are seeing plenty of possession and play around the Northern Ireland box, but are not making too much from it.
Darida fires a superb ball into the box but McGovern is off his line to collect.
52: A decent cross from the left flank from Krejci as he looks to pick out Gebre Selassie on the right of the box but it just runs too long for the defender.
49: An excellent start to the second half from the hosts as they put some real pressure around the Czech box, with Magennis' effort blocked before he tries to latch onto a great McLaughlin cross, but he just stumbles up against his marker and misses the ball.
47: A powering run from Magennis down the right flank there, as he just gets ahead of his marker before whipping in a cross for Washington in the box but the QPR man just goes a few strides too far as the ball is cleared by the Czechs.
46: Northern Ireland get us back underway at Windsor Park.
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WATCH: BRUNT BRILLIANCE
Check out this superb free kick from Chris Brunt to double Northern Ireland's lead.
There's the half time whistle, and it's one that is cheered by the home fan and rightly so.
A fine Jonny Evans header opened the scoring for the hosts, before a superb Chris Brunt free kick doubled the lead just before the break.
It's all going to plan for Northern Ireland and second place is now in their grasp.
45: One minute added on at the end of the first half.
GOAL! N IRELAND 2-0 CZECH REPUBLIC (Brunt, 41)
Can you guess who took the free kick?... Yep, it's that man Brunt who delivers the sweetest of strikes, curling the free kick around the Czech Republic wall and into the bottom corner.
A superb goal from the West Brom man and Northern Ireland and cruising to that second place spot.
N IRELAND 1-0 CZECH REPUBLIC
40: Free kick for the Irish as Corry Evans bursts down the field on the break, but after nutmegging Novak, the Czech commits the foul around 20 yards out to hand the hosts a fantastic advantage.
Brunt and Norwood over it..
39: Boos from the visiting fans as Brunt clatters into Jankto on the edge of the box, but there doesn't appear to be too much in it as the Czech Republic man goes to ground.
The referee waves play on straight away.
WATCH: EVANS STRIKES
See how Jonny Evans made it 1-0 at Windsor Park with a back post header.
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35: Lots of passing from the Czech Republic once again but they are yet to really make it count. Northern Ireland - who boast one of the best defences among the European World Cup qualifying teams - haven't been truly tested.
THE WAIT IS OVER
32: A half chance for Jakub Jankto as he tries his luck from just outside the box but it flashes well wide of McGovern's post.
GOAL! N IRELAND 1-0 CZECH REPUBLIC (Evans, 28)
There's the goal!! The Czechs were just starting to build the pressure but just like that, Northern Ireland take the lead at Windsor Park.
It comes from a Brunt corner which is initially cleared by the visitors, but Oliver Norwood is waiting at the top of the box to bullet a header towards the back post.
And there's Evans to meet it, dinking the ball into the back of the net with the back of his head, cuing superb scenes of celebrations around the ground and on the pitch.
As it stands, Northern Ireland are securing second spot in Group C.
N IRELAND 0-0 CZECH REPUBLIC
25: Free kick to Northern Ireland as McLaughlin is fouled by Krmencik on the right touchline. The hosts don't make much of their advantage, though.
23: SAVE! At the other end this time as Northern Ireland come probing, and another decent cross from Dallas is guided goal wards by Washington, but Vaclik is there to make a solid save.
22: SAVE! The Czech Republic make their pressure count as Darida picking out Boril on the left of the box and all the latter can do it head it towards goal but McGovern does well to save.
20: The Czech's are just having a spell of possession, knocking it between themselves in the opposition half. This only rouses the home crowd who cheer their side on as they urge them to break the passing pattern.
18: CLOSE! The best chance for the visitors so far as they play some one touch football around the Northern Ireland box, before Novak picks out the run of Michal Krmencik in the box.
The pass just evades the foot of Krmencik but the offside flag is also raised so any effort would not have counted.
17: Superb play from Stuart Dallas! He manages to dig the ball out and away from his defender as he powers down the left flank and puts a dangerous cross into the box.
It looks destined for Magennis but Vaclik is there ahead of the Charlton man to collect.
16: A good surge down the right from Theodor Gebre Selassie as he tries to knock a low cross through the box but Michael McGovern reads it well and collects low at the near post.
15: Another Czech Republic corner, which this time flies over the head of all the red shirts in the box, before Steven Davis collects on the left of the box and he tries to set off an Irish break - but absolutely no one is forward and the ball trickles into the arms of Tomas Vaclik.
13: Another long pass forward from Northern Ireland as they continue to pick out Washington on that left flank, but this one from Evans just runs too long for the QPR man.
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