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Summary

  1. Listen to commentary on BBC Radio Ulster
  2. Jamie Ward fires in after just 90 seconds, Washington adds second
  3. NI go second in Group C
  4. England beat Lithuania with Defoe and Vardy goals
  5. England five points clear at top of Group F

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye!

Northern Ireland
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That's a wrap from us. So we had wins for Northern Ireland, Scotland AND England today. A clean sweep! Go and party. 

Thanks for joining us today - cheerio!

'Win sets us up nicely for Azerbaijan'

Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway

Steven Davis
Reuters

Northern Ireland skipper Steven Davis: "We couldn't have asked to get off to a better start and then it was a professional performance.

"It was difficult in the second half between pushing on and sitting back, but we did it well. It was really good performance in the first half and we saw it though in the second.

"Time will tell about the importance of this win. We know we have to be consistent and win our home games. This win sets up nicely for the trip to Azerbaijan in June.

'We can reach World Cup '

Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway

Northern Ireland
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Northern Ireland's victory puts them in a great position to secure the runners-up spot in Group C and a play-off to reach the 2018 World Cup, says manager Michael O'Neill. 

The nation has not reached the World Cup finals since 1986.

"With 10 points we know a win at Azerbaijan will put us six points clear of them and now we're seven points clear of Norway. So we're looking at the Czech Republic and they are looking at us," he tells Sky Sports.

"We believe we can reach the World Cup. We have a great home record and the only team to score against us in the group are the world champions. "

O'Neill praises energetic forwards

Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway

Northern Ireland
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Goalscoring forwards Jamie Ward and Conor Washington drew plenty of praise from Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill.

"Both lads give you that energy at top end of the pitch," he tells Sky Sports.

"Conor goes to look for the ball and fight for the ball and Jamie does the same. When you have that energy the rest of the team follows on. 

"We spoke about using their movement to get between their two centre backs which we felt was their weakness."

'I couldn't have asked for more'

Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill : "I'm delighted. It was a fantastic performance from all 14 players who played tonight and I couldn't have asked for any more.

"Norway played very directly, so we had to deal with a lot. We had a few bumps and bruises, but we fought and competed very well."

On key defender Gareth McAuley battling through injury to play the full game: "We didn't want to bring him off because we would have had to change the system. He is a warrior."

Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway

John O'Neill

Former Northern Ireland defender on BBC Radio Ulster

In the first half Northern Ireland had a lot of time on the ball. In the second half we basically did what Norway did in the first half so it was disappointing. It was important we came away with the three points and thankfully we did that.

Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway

Alvin McCaig

BBC Sport at Windsor Park

Not quite as good from Northern Ireland in the second half but you feel they could up the tempo if required. 

Michael O'Neill's team have only suffered only defeat (in a friendly against Croatia) in their last 11 home internationals. 

Some of the credit must go to the fans, truly a 12th man and again they are creating a wall of sound inside Windsor Park.

Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway

Victory means Northern Ireland have now lost just one of the past 11 qualifying matches. 

Their last loss in a home competitive fixture was a 4-2 defeat at the hands of Portugal in a World Cup qualifier in September 2013.  

FULL-TIME

Scotland 1-0 Slovenia

HUGE. Scotland ease the pressure on gaffer Gordon Strachan by ending a run of four straight wins.

Go here for all the reaction

Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway

John O'Neill

Former Northern Ireland defender on BBC Radio Ulster

Northern Ireland
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Another win, another clean sheet and a tremendous first half performance. The second half was totally forgettable. They didn't need to make it look so scrappy and they're a better team than that. They should have put Norway to the sword. We're setting high standards for Northern Ireland but they deserve that. The first half was outstanding and I'm not sure what happened after that, it was a bit of a letdown. 

FULL-TIME

Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway

All over! An excellent win for Northern Ireland as goals from Jamie Ward and Conor Washington lift them back up to second in Group C.

INJURY TIME

Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway

Meandering to a comfortable home win at Windsor. Seconds left...

GOAL - Scotland 1-0 Slovenia

Chris Martin

A job-saving goal? Gordon Strachan's celebration suggest so. Scotland lead their "must-win" game through Chris Martin's low strike. Serious questions need to be asked about the goalkeeping though...

Follow the closing stages of that game here.

INJURY TIME

Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway

Into stoppage time. Three minutes to go.

Kyle Lafferty marks it by dragging a Norway player into a row. Good time-wasting tactic that.

Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway

A Norway goal will set up a barnstorming finale. Not that we want one. Jorgen Skjelvik swings in a cross from the left touchline, over the heads of his team-mates. A collective sigh of relief from those of a Northern Ireland persuasion. 

Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway

The home fans have found their voice again as they sing their team towards the finish line.

Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway

The fourth official is the busiest man in Windsor Park at the moment. Him or the PA man. 

Northern Ireland make their third and final substitution as Rochdale midfielder Matthew Lund is handed his competitive debut. Leeds United winger Stuart Dallas is the man given a breather. 

SUBSTITUTION

Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway

Another change for Northern Ireland. Kyle Lafferty comes on as Conor Washington walks off to a hero's reception. A decent shift.

Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway

Windsor Park is a little quieter as the clock ticks down. A spot of nervousness perhaps? Mohamed Elyounoussi swings in a cross from the right that cannot be cleared by a home defender. But Havard Nordtveit and Adama Diomande get themselves in a muddle and Northern Ireland clear.

Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway

Niall McGinn jogs on clutching a piece of paper which goes into the hand of Steven Davis. I doubt it is a shopping list. 

Davis has a good study, screws up the paper and wonders what to do with it. Sensibly he doesn't eat it.

SUBSTITUTION

Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway

Time for Northern Ireland to mix things up. Probably to break up the game if nothing else. Jamie Ward is given a breather as Niall McGinn trots on.

Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway

Norway are finally making a fist of this game. Too late I'd imagine. Northern Ireland see out the danger from the resulting corner when they win a free-kick in their own area.

Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway

Save! This could prove to be very important. Northern Ireland keeper Michael McGovern makes what is really his first 'proper' save of the match.

Norway's Havard Nordtveit drills a daisycutter under the Northern Ireland wall, McGovern showing his alertness to drop down low to his right and push clear.

Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway

Into the final 15 minutes. Northern Ireland looking comfortable in my eyes. However, Norway have a free-kick in a central position about 25 yards out...

Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway

Norway back on the attack. Substitute Adama Diomande has a pop from distance, but his angled shot lacks power. 

Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway

...but the big man can't stick his head anywhere near the ball.

Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway

Conor Washington is in thick of things again from Northern Ireland. He drills a low shot goalwards, but it takes a huge deflection and goes out for a corner. Up goes Gareth McAuley...

Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway

Mats Moller Daehli has add a bit of spark to the Norwegians. His cross from the left flank asks questions of the Northern Irish defence who decide - in a rather risky move - to watch it out for a goal kick with a player lurking.

Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway

Northern Ireland have the luxury of not having to force things here, which makes it difficult to see how Norway can get back into this game.

The home side decide to spring forward again, Jamie Ward trying to bend the ball in like he did for the opener. This time he hits legs rather than net. 

'Not happening for Northern Ireland at the minute'

Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway

John O'Neill

Former Northern Ireland defender on BBC Radio Ulster

Northern Ireland need a third goal. I can't believe Daehli wasn't on from the start. He looks decent. He's just skipped past three players. It's not happening for Northern Ireland at the minute, they are getting stretched big time. I'm as nervous as a bag of cats now.

Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway

A spell of Norway pressure. But again it is all around the edge of the Northern Ireland box, with little prospect of an incisive ball through a line of green shirts.

Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway

Conor Washington has been a constant handful for the Norway defence with his movement. The QPR striker almost wriggles clear again as he tries to latch on to another long ball, but is bumped out of the way by a combination of Even Hovland and Gustav Valsvik.

SUBSTITUTION

Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway

Norway make another tactical tweak, and again it is an attacking one.

On comes the man who scored the first goal of the Premier League season back in August. Any ideas?

The quiz geeks out there will know it is, of course, Hull City's Adama Diomande.

Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway

More good, patient build-up from the home side.

Conor Washington bursts down the right, waits for support in the shape of Oliver Norwood, who then works the ball to the opposite flank.

Stuart Dallas sees three green shirts lurking in the Norway box, but his delivery is cut out the away defence.

Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway

Conor McLaughlin has got an engine on him. He's up and down that right touchline more than the linesman. He swings in another teasing delivery, only for it to be met by a Norwegian head.

Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway

Jonny Evans is clattered just inside his own half by a Norway player. That's what a defender gets for cheekily turning an opposing attacker.

Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway

There is little danger of Norway going on to score at the moment, but I suppose that's the point John O'Neill is making. All about focus for Northern Ireland.

'The third goal is vital'

Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway

John O'Neill

Former Northern Ireland defender on BBC Radio Ulster

If you give Norway enough possession they're going to create some sort of chances as we saw in the first half. Mentally, 2-0 is an awkward lead. The next goal is the most important at the minute. If Northern Ireland think the game is done with then Norway go and score, it becomes a real contest.

SUBSTITUTION

Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway

One man who is ready to come on, however, is Norway forward Mats Moller Daehli. You may remember him as the man who Cardiff signed in 2014. He scored once and was shipped off to the German Bundesliga.

He's on for Tarik Elyounoussi. 

Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway

"Will Grigg is on fire" is getting a good airing at Windsor Park. Can't see the Wigan striker stripped off and ready to go though. (Seeing as he is injured and not on the bench...)