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Result: Northern Ireland earn point in Czech Republic

Northern Ireland begin their qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup with a goalless draw away in Czech Republic.

Northern Ireland have opened their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign with a goalless draw away in Czech Republic.

After reaching the knockout stages of Euro 2016, Northern Ireland went into the match on a high but they almost fell behind as early as the fifth minute in Prague when Pavel Kaderabek missed the target with a header.

Chances were few and far between as both teams tried to establish themselves in the contest, but it took until the 29th minute for the next clear-cut opportunity to be created as Paddy McNair saw his effort well saved by Tomas Vaclik.

Czech Republic had the better of the play during the closing stages before the break but a low effort from Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas would represent the only shot on target as the half drew to a close.

The home side began the second half on top with Vaclav Kadlec firing a shot too close to Northern Ireland stopper Michael McGovern, before Filip Novak failed to make the most of an opening inside the six-yard box.

As the game entered the final quarter, Northern Ireland had what appeared to be a legitimate penalty shout turned down when David Pavelka seemed to handle the ball inside the area, and Czech Republic almost capitalised when Kadlec fired a rebound towards goal but it was blocked by a defender.

Ladislav Krejci could have won it for Czech Republic with a minute remaining of normal time, but after he failed to hit the target, Northern Ireland were able to hang on to secure what could prove to be an important point away from home.

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Jonny Evans of Northern Ireland celebrates after the EURO 2016 Group F qualifier at Windsor Park on March 29, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
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Wednesday's key events


ROWING
· Team GB have dominated the men's coxless fours in recent Olympics, winning on each of the last five occasions, but this year they face some stiff competition. They are one of four rowing medal contenders for Great Britain today (2.10am)

SWIMMING
· Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus face off again in the women's 200m freestyle final, with the latter having already come out on top in the 400m event (2.41am)
· Team GB's Abbie Wood is among the medal contenders in the women's 200m individual medley final, while teammate Alicia Wilson will also take part. USA's Kate Douglass was the fastest qualifier, while world and Olympic record holder Katinka Hosszu is also involved (3.45am)
· Katie Ledecky could make it two golds in one morning as she goes into the 1500m freestyle final as heavy favourite, having broken the Olympic record in qualifying (3.54am)
· Team GB were by far the fastest qualifiers for the men's 4x200m freestyle relay final and will therefore be favourites for another gold in the pool (4.26am)

RUGBY SEVENS
· Team GB take on New Zealand in the first men's semi-final, having been beaten by reigning champions Fiji but then come from behind to overcome USA on day two (3am)
· The sevens gold medal match takes place at Tokyo Stadium, with the winner of Great Britain vs. New Zealand taking on either Argentina or Fiji (10am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Joe Fraser and James Hall compete for Team GB in the men's all-around final (11.15am-2.10pm)

CYCLING
· Anna Shackley will take part in the women's road time trial (from 3.30am)
· Geraint Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart have medal ambitions for Great Britain in the men's road time trial, although both will need to recover from the crash they suffered on Saturday (6am)

DIVING
· Jack Laugher bids to retain his men's 3m synchro diving title alongside new partner Daniel Goodfellow (7am)

EQUESTRIAN
· Charlotte Dujardin will look to add to her already legendary status with a third successive Olympic individual dressage title (9.30am-1.25pm)

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