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NI take win over Czech Republic in Prague

Paddy McNair scored twice for NI against the Czech Republic in Prague. Credit: INPHO

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.

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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.

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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