MX23RW : Tuesday, September 25 09:45:32
Sep 4, 2017 at 7.45pm UK at ​Windsor Park
Attendance: 18,167
Northern Ireland
2-0
Czech Republic
Evans (28'), Brunt (41')
Evans (78')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Kalas (58'), Husbauer (75')

Result: Northern Ireland grab second place in Group C following win over Czech Republic

Northern Ireland grab second place in World Cup qualifying Group C following a 2-0 win over Czech Republic.

Northern Ireland have sealed second place in Group C following a 2-0 victory over Czech Republic in this evening's World Cup qualifier at Windsor Park.

Jonny Evans and Chris Brunt found the goals for Michael O'Neill's side, meaning that the nation have a very strong chance of qualifying for successive tournaments for the first time.

The Green and White Army had an early chance when Josh Magennis put a header wide within the first three minutes of kickoff, but the Czechs also had some joy in attack.

Some one-touch football ended with Michal Krmencik trying to get on the end of a pass in the middle of the box, but he was flagged marginally offside.

Michael McGovern was called upon to deny Jan Boril's header, while minutes later, Tomas Vaclik saved Conor Washington's attempt from the box after the Irishman was picked out by Stuart Dallas.

The breakthrough was made against the run of play just shy of the half-hour mark when Evans helped along Oliver Norwood's powerful header towards the back post after Brunt's corner was initially cleared.

Evans, who was linked with a move to Manchester City in the summer, celebrated his first goal for his country since March 2009, and the jubilant atmosphere continued when Brunt doubled Northern Ireland's lead by curling the ball into the bottom corner from a free kick.

Czech Republic dominated the ball, but they were unable to make the most of their opportunities, one of which resulted in Krmencik failing to get on the end of Josef Husbauer's teasing cross.

The visitors produced waves of attack, with Jan Kliment just missing Gebre Selassie's whipping cross into the danger area, and Vladimir Darida firing the follow-up over the crossbar.

Northern Ireland spent the majority of the final 20 minutes of the game defending, but they were able to hold off a comeback from their opponents.

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Michael O'Neill during the Euro 2016 Group C match between Ukraine and Northern Ireland on July 16, 2016
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