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Northern Ireland beaten in Czech Republic

Published 07/06/2016

Rachel Furness played for Northern Ireland during the 3-0 defeat in the Czech Republic
Rachel Furness played for Northern Ireland during the 3-0 defeat in the Czech Republic

Northern Ireland Women's hopes of qualifying for Euro 2017 suffered a blow with a 3-0 defeat in the Czech Republic.

A 4-0 win over bottom side Georgia on Friday had kept Northern Ireland's qualifying chances alive but defeat in the Strelnice Stadion in Jablonec nad Nisou has all but ended their chances of progressing from Group 6.

The hosts took the lead after just three minutes when Lucie Vonkova scored after being set up by Jana Sedlackova.

Seven minutes later Czech Republic captain Lucie Martínkova saw her effort hit the woodwork before Sunderland Midfielder Rachel Furness and Linfield's Kirsty McGuinness missed the target for the visitors.

Northern Ireland's Jacqueline Burns was by far the busier goalkeeper but she could not stop Klara Cachynova doubling the home side's lead 11 minutes before half-time.

Laura Rafferty was off target with a good chance for Northern Ireland early in the second half but the home team continued to dominate and were rewarded with a third goal through Eva Bartonova after 65 minutes.

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