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Northern Ireland 2-0 Czech Republic: Northern Ireland secure second place in World Cup qualifying Group C

As it happened: Northern Ireland take another step towards Russia

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Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans scores in action during the World Cup qualifier on September 4th 2017 at Windsor Park (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans scores in action during the World Cup qualifier on September 4th 2017 at Windsor Park (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans scores in action during the World Cup qualifier on September 4th 2017 at Windsor Park (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans scores in action during the World Cup qualifier on September 4th 2017 at Windsor Park (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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Northern Ireland Jonny Evans  celebrates  scoring  the opening goal against Czech Republic during Monday night's 2018 World Cup Russia  Qualifier Group C match at the National Football Stadium, Windsor Park.
Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

Northern Ireland Jonny Evans celebrates scoring the opening goal against Czech Republic during Monday night's 2018 World Cup Russia Qualifier Group C match at the National Football Stadium, Windsor Park. Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th September 2017

FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 - Qualifying Group C.  Northern Ireland Vs Czech Republic at the National Stadium at Windsor Park. 

Czech Republic goalkeeper Tomas Vaclk fails to stop a Northern Ireland free-kick taken by Chris Brunt who scores to make it 2-0. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th September 2017 FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 - Qualifying Group C. Northern Ireland Vs Czech Republic at the National Stadium at Windsor Park. Czech Republic goalkeeper Tomas Vaclk fails to stop a Northern Ireland free-kick taken by Chris Brunt who scores to make it 2-0. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th September 2017

FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 - Qualifying Group C.  Northern Ireland Vs Czech Republic at the National Stadium at Windsor Park. 

Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas celebrates after teammate Chris Brunt scores a free-kick to make it 2-0. 

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th September 2017 FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 - Qualifying Group C. Northern Ireland Vs Czech Republic at the National Stadium at Windsor Park. Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas celebrates after teammate Chris Brunt scores a free-kick to make it 2-0. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

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Northern Ireland v Czech Republic - World Cup Qualifier
Northern Ireland's Chris Brunt and Jonny Evans applaud the fans after this evenings game at the National Stadium, Belfast.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 4-9-17 Northern Ireland v Czech Republic - World Cup Qualifier Northern Ireland's Chris Brunt and Jonny Evans applaud the fans after this evenings game at the National Stadium, Belfast. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Northern Ireland v Czech Republic - World Cup Qualifier
Northern Ireland's Chris Brunt applauds the fans after this evenings game at the National Stadium, Belfast.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 4-9-17 Northern Ireland v Czech Republic - World Cup Qualifier Northern Ireland's Chris Brunt applauds the fans after this evenings game at the National Stadium, Belfast. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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PressEye-Northern Ireland- 4th September    2017-Picture by Brian Little/ PressEye

Northern Ireland   Josh Magennis   and Czech Republic Tomas Soucek      during Monday night's 2018 World Cup Russia  Qualifier Group C match at the National Football Stadium, Windsor Park.
Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

PressEye-Northern Ireland- 4th September 2017-Picture by Brian Little/ PressEye Northern Ireland Josh Magennis and Czech Republic Tomas Soucek during Monday night's 2018 World Cup Russia Qualifier Group C match at the National Football Stadium, Windsor Park. Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

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Northern Ireland v Czech Republic - World Cup Qualifier
Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans turns to celebrate his goal during this evenings game at the National Stadium, Belfast.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 4-9-17 Northern Ireland v Czech Republic - World Cup Qualifier Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans turns to celebrate his goal during this evenings game at the National Stadium, Belfast. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Northern Ireland v Czech Republic - World Cup Qualifier
Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans turns to celebrate his goal during this evenings game at the National Stadium, Belfast.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 4-9-17 Northern Ireland v Czech Republic - World Cup Qualifier Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans turns to celebrate his goal during this evenings game at the National Stadium, Belfast. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Northern Ireland v Czech Republic - World Cup Qualifier
Northern Ireland and Czech Republic players against the perfect sky during this evenings game at the National Stadium, Belfast.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 4-9-17 Northern Ireland v Czech Republic - World Cup Qualifier Northern Ireland and Czech Republic players against the perfect sky during this evenings game at the National Stadium, Belfast. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Northern Ireland v Czech Republic - World Cup Qualifier
Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans turns to celebrate his goal during this evenings game at the National Stadium, Belfast.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 4-9-17 Northern Ireland v Czech Republic - World Cup Qualifier Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans turns to celebrate his goal during this evenings game at the National Stadium, Belfast. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Northern Ireland v Czech Republic - World Cup Qualifier
Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans turns to celebrate his goal during this evenings game at the National Stadium, Belfast.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 4-9-17 Northern Ireland v Czech Republic - World Cup Qualifier Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans turns to celebrate his goal during this evenings game at the National Stadium, Belfast. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Northern Ireland v Czech Republic - World Cup Qualifier
Northern Ireland and Czech Republic players against the perfect sky during this evenings game at the National Stadium, Belfast.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 4-9-17 Northern Ireland v Czech Republic - World Cup Qualifier Northern Ireland and Czech Republic players against the perfect sky during this evenings game at the National Stadium, Belfast. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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PressEye-Northern Ireland- 4th September    2017-Picture by Brian Little/ PressEye

Northern Ireland   Josh Magennis    and Czech Republic  Jan Boril     during Monday night's 2018 World Cup Russia  Qualifier Group C match at the National Football Stadium, Windsor Park.
Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

PressEye-Northern Ireland- 4th September 2017-Picture by Brian Little/ PressEye Northern Ireland Josh Magennis and Czech Republic Jan Boril during Monday night's 2018 World Cup Russia Qualifier Group C match at the National Football Stadium, Windsor Park. Picture by Brian Little/PressEye

Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans scores in action during the World Cup qualifier on September 4th 2017 at Windsor Park (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans scores in action during the World Cup qualifier on September 4th 2017 at Windsor Park (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans scores in action during the World Cup qualifier on September 4th 2017 at Windsor Park (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans scores in action during the World Cup qualifier on September 4th 2017 at Windsor Park (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans scores in action during the World Cup qualifier on September 4th 2017 at Windsor Park (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans scores in action during the World Cup qualifier on September 4th 2017 at Windsor Park (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans scores in action during the World Cup qualifier on September 4th 2017 at Windsor Park (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans scores in action during the World Cup qualifier on September 4th 2017 at Windsor Park (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans scores in action during the World Cup qualifier on September 4th 2017 at Windsor Park (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans scores in action during the World Cup qualifier on September 4th 2017 at Windsor Park (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

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Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th September 2017

FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 - Qualifying Group C.  Northern Ireland Vs Czech Republic at the National Stadium at Windsor Park. 

Northern Ireland's Conor Washington with Czech Republic's Tomas Kalas

Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Press Eye Belfast - Northern Ireland 4th September 2017 FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 - Qualifying Group C. Northern Ireland Vs Czech Republic at the National Stadium at Windsor Park. Northern Ireland's Conor Washington with Czech Republic's Tomas Kalas Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye.com

Northern Ireland's Josh Magennis and Czech Republic's Jan Boril in action during the World Cup qualifier on September 4th 2017 at Windsor Park (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Northern Ireland's Josh Magennis and Czech Republic's Jan Boril in action during the World Cup qualifier on September 4th 2017 at Windsor Park (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

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Northern Ireland v Czech Republic - World Cup Qualifier
Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas and Czech Republic's Theodor Gebre Selassie during this evenings game at the National Stadium, Belfast.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 4-9-17 Northern Ireland v Czech Republic - World Cup Qualifier Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas and Czech Republic's Theodor Gebre Selassie during this evenings game at the National Stadium, Belfast. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 04th September 2017 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill during Monday nights World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic at the National Stadium, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 04th September 2017 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill during Monday nights World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic at the National Stadium, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye

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Northern Ireland v Czech Republic - World Cup Qualifier
Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas and Czech Republic's Theodor Gebre Selassie during this evenings game at the National Stadium, Belfast.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 4-9-17 Northern Ireland v Czech Republic - World Cup Qualifier Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas and Czech Republic's Theodor Gebre Selassie during this evenings game at the National Stadium, Belfast. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Northern Ireland v Czech Republic - World Cup Qualifier
Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas and Czech Republic's Theodor Gebre Selassie during this evenings game at the National Stadium, Belfast.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 4-9-17 Northern Ireland v Czech Republic - World Cup Qualifier Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas and Czech Republic's Theodor Gebre Selassie during this evenings game at the National Stadium, Belfast. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Northern Ireland v Czech Republic - World Cup Qualifier
Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas and Czech Republic's Theodor Gebre Selassie during this evenings game at the National Stadium, Belfast.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 4-9-17 Northern Ireland v Czech Republic - World Cup Qualifier Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas and Czech Republic's Theodor Gebre Selassie during this evenings game at the National Stadium, Belfast. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Northern Ireland v Czech Republic - World Cup Qualifier
Northern Ireland's Corry Evans and Czech Republic's Tomas Kalas during this evenings game at the National Stadium, Belfast.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 4-9-17 Northern Ireland v Czech Republic - World Cup Qualifier Northern Ireland's Corry Evans and Czech Republic's Tomas Kalas during this evenings game at the National Stadium, Belfast. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 04th September 2017 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill during Monday nights World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic at the National Stadium, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 04th September 2017 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill during Monday nights World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic at the National Stadium, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye

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Pacemaker Belfast 4-9-17
Northern Ireland v Czech Republic - World Cup Qualifier
Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas and Czech Republic's Theodor Gebre Selassie during this evenings game at the National Stadium, Belfast.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 4-9-17 Northern Ireland v Czech Republic - World Cup Qualifier Northern Ireland's Stuart Dallas and Czech Republic's Theodor Gebre Selassie during this evenings game at the National Stadium, Belfast. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Press Eye - Belfast -  Northern Ireland - 04th September 2017 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill during Monday nights World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic at the National Stadium, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 04th September 2017 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill during Monday nights World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic at the National Stadium, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye

©William Cherry / Presseye

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Northern Ireland v Czech Republic - World Cup Qualifier
Northern Ireland's Corry Evans and Czech Republic's Tomas Kalas during this evenings game at the National Stadium, Belfast.  Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

Pacemaker Belfast 4-9-17 Northern Ireland v Czech Republic - World Cup Qualifier Northern Ireland's Corry Evans and Czech Republic's Tomas Kalas during this evenings game at the National Stadium, Belfast. Photo by David Maginnis/Pacemaker Press

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Northern Ireland v Czech Republic  World Cup group C qualifier
Northern IrelandÕs Josh Magennis  and The Czech RepublicÕs Jan Boril  during this evenings game at Windsor park in Belfast.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 04/09/2017 Northern Ireland v Czech Republic World Cup group C qualifier Northern IrelandÕs Josh Magennis and The Czech RepublicÕs Jan Boril during this evenings game at Windsor park in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

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Northern Ireland v Czech Republic  World Cup group C qualifier
Northern IrelandÕs Manager Michael OÕNeill  during this evenings game at Windsor park in Belfast.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

PACEMAKER BELFAST 04/09/2017 Northern Ireland v Czech Republic World Cup group C qualifier Northern IrelandÕs Manager Michael OÕNeill during this evenings game at Windsor park in Belfast. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

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Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans scores in action during the World Cup qualifier on September 4th 2017 at Windsor Park (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Northern Ireland have secured at least a second place finish in World Cup qualifying Group C with a 2-0 win over Czech Republic.

The result at Windsor Park gives Michael O’Neill’s men a strong chance of bagging a play-off spot for next summer’s World Cup finals in Russia.

After a solid start from the Czech Republic, who enjoyed plenty of possession in the opening exchanges, Jonny Evans netted the opener on 28 minutes, flicking a header over goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik after Ollie Norwood recycled a cleared corner.

It was two care of another West Brom man on 41 minutes when Chris Brunt curled in a free-kick.

The second half was a bit of a non-event, not that anyone in green was worried. Northern Ireland will finish in the top two and have a good chance of making it into a play-off.

Our view on the match as it happened here:

 

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