Northern Ireland held out for a 3-2 win over the Czech Republic in their friendly in Prague on Monday night, having led 3-0 by half-time.

Paddy McNair opened the scoring just nine minutes in, latching on to Liam Boyce’s low cross and beating his man to fire under Czech keeper Jiri Pavlenka.

The hosts played a dangerous game at times with their passing in front of their own goal, almost presenting chances to Boyce and Stuart Dallas.

Then a corner in the 23rd minute caused chaos in their box – Tom Flanagan’s effort was blocked, but the ball fell for Jonny Evans to make it 2-0.

McNair struck again, supplied by captain Steven Davis and breaking away to run the ball coolly home and bag his side’s third goal of the game.

The Czechs made four changes at half-time and pressed to try to find a way back into the game.

Two goals in quick succession did exactly that – the first from Vladimir Darida, followed up a minute later by a shot from Alex Kral that found the bottom corner of the net.

That set up a nervy finish for the visitors, but Northern Ireland ultimately held out for the win.

Northern Ireland travelled to take on the Czech Republic at the Generali Arena in Prague. Credit: INPHO