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Summary

  1. Dier diverts in corner to equalise before Rashford drives in from 20 yards
  2. Lobotka had scored for Slovakia three minutes from kick-off
  3. Jonny Evans flicks in header and Brunt scores brilliant free-kick for NI

Live Reporting

By Tom Rostance and Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

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Good night

And that is all from us tonight.

See you back here tomorrow for more big action from Wales and the Republic of Ireland.

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'Wrong for us to speculate'

England 2-1 Slovakia

Phil Neville

Former England defender on BBC Radio 5 live

Dele Alli
Reuters

It's all over social media. It looked like after he did the finger he had a little smile on his face so whether it was towards one of his team-mates for a joke...? It's wrong for us to speculate who it was towards. We'll probably hear from him over the next 24 hours.

'Looking forward to a decent brew'

Scotland 2-0 Malta

Gordon Strachan
Reuters

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan: "48 attempts on goal in the past two games, that's more than enough to win. It's been a good few days for the players.

"I'm looking forward to a decent cup of tea and then we'll start thinking about the next lot of games.

"Some of the players were making sure they didn't get involved in anything that could have brought a yellow card (and a suspension), so it was more of a low tempo."

Northern Ireland 2-0 Czech Republic

Northern Ireland won one game in their last World Cup qualifying campaign, picking up one point from their two games with Luxembourg.

Henry Winter

Chief Football Writer for the Times on BBC Radio 5 live

We live in a digital age. I think Dele Alli's finger will get a lot of the headlines tomorrow.

'Rashford lifted the whole crowd'

England 2-1 Slovakia

BBC Radio 5 live

Marcus Rashford
PA

England manager Gareth Southgate: "We didn't start the game well but I was pleased with the way the players reacted on the field. They got themselves into better positions. We were stretched in the first 15 minutes or so.

"Great credit to the players for staying in the game and then in the second half we were in control. We didn't give them space to play.

"Rashford showed everything he has tonight. At times he has to do better but his work on the ball, the maturity of his performance and his ability to go past people was devastating to the opposition and lifted the whole crowd.

"I've not seen the Dele Alli incident.

"We have to finish the job tonight."

England 2-1 Slovakia

England mustered 23 shots v Slovakia, their most in their last 12 games, since attempting 29 also v Slovakia in Euro 2016.

'This team finds something in reserve when it’s needed'

Northern Ireland 2-0 Czech Republic

Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill told Sky Sports he was impressed by “the heart” of his players.

“It was a difficult game. It was like an away performance. credit to the Czech Republic, they made it like that. If you have that spirit and commitment, you've got a chance. We are guaranteed second, seven clean sheets in eight games is a phenomenal record.

“It would have put the pressure back on if we had lost. The point was to do it tonight and keep that momentum. This team finds something in reserve when it’s needed. It was a difficult game tactically when we didn’t have possession. It's about scoring goals and winning games, and we know how to do that.

“Jonny Evans has been fantastic in this campaign. It's no coincidence he's played in every game with these clean sheets, whoever he has played alongside. Aaron Hughes defies logic by playing like this at his age and dealing with everything thrown at him. The back four were magnificent.

“The two goals from free-kicks weren’t things we work on. Chris Brunt has as good a left foot as anyone in English football.

“It’s a bit of relief. The lads are on a high. We can enjoy the last two games. It’s nice to face the world champions knowing you have qualified for the next phase.”

'We showed great character'

England 2-1 Slovakia

Gareth Southgate
EPA

England manager Gareth Southgate to ITV: "To come from behind against a side with very good footballers, particularly in midfield, we had to show character.

"Marcus Rashford showed, like the rest of the team, great character. He made the mistake for their goal but he kept persevering. A lot was said to me about the crowd and they were brilliant tonight and that was a huge importance to the team.

"It's early for Marcus [in his career] so we have to keep things in perspective. He is exciting, we gave him last summer off from going with the U21s and he's benefited from that."

'I've only just seen it'

England 2-1 Slovakia

England manager Gareth Southgate on the Dele Alli gesture: "You've only just told me just before we started. I've not seen it but obviously we'll look at it over the next couple of days."

'We started poorly'

England 2-1 Slovakia

Dele Alli
Reuters

England goalscorer Eric Dier on BBC Radio 5 live: "We started poorly and I am happy to get a goal that kickstarted the game for us. We were in control for most of the game then.

"It is hard to put a finger on it. We weren't aggressive enough and were two seconds behind them in every pass. The way we turned it around was positive.

"I had belief. When we went 1-1 we went in to the dressing room and the feeling was we would go on to win.

"We want to have a relationship with the fans. We need their support and want to play in a way that gets that."

'I was gutted to miss the Euros'

Northern Ireland 2-0 Czech Republic

Chris Brunt
PA

Northern Ireland goalscorer Chris Brunt, to Sky Sports: "I was gutted to miss out on the Euros. I've been enjoying the games since I came back in. The momentum has carried on from the Euros. It's another good night tonight. I think on the whole we had our game plan and deserved to win."

On whether finishing second will be enough for a play-off spot: "You don't know until it's confirmed. We can only do our job. We can't affect other teams' results."

How the Group stands

England 2-1 Slovakia

Scotland actually dropped a place despite winning tonight.

That chase for a play-off place is going to be tight.

Table
BBC

Northern Ireland 2-0 Czech Republic

Alistair Bruce-Ball

BBC Radio 5 live at Windsor Park

"We're not Brazil, we're Northern Ireland" is blasting out around Windsor Park as the fans celebrate another fantastic night. But the players' reaction was noticeably restrained as Michael O'Neill has made the point that guaranteeing the runners-up spot is only the first step towards possible qualification for a first World Cup since 1986.

'I thought my goal might be offside but I hit it anyway'

Northern Ireland 2-0 Czech Republic

Northern Ireland goalscorer Jonny Evans to Sky Sports: "We had to work extremely hard. They pass the ball very well - we knew that from the away game. We knew it would be a lot of running. I managed to get the first goal. We didn't feel they could break us down after that. We felt comfortable. I thought my goal might be offside but I hit it anyway."

On his brother Corry winning the free-kick, with a nutmeg, for Chris Brunt's second goal: "I think he got a bit lucky. I was going to hammer him for giving the ball away.

"I'm pleased for him, he was out for most of last season. He looked sharp, Michael O'Neill always plays him in the big games. It's good to be on the pitch with your brother."

The Alli gesture

England 2-1 Slovakia

That unfriendly gesture I mentioned from Dele Alli appeared to be actually directed at the referee.

If the referee saw that, and mentions it in his report, he will be in trouble...

Northern Ireland just don't concede goals! They will be a match for any team in the play-offs.

Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans
Reuters

'A clinical job'

Northern Ireland 2-0 Czech Republic

John O'Neill

Former Northern Ireland defender on BBC Radio Ulster

A clinical job by Northern Ireland, they took two chances in the first half even though they did not play particularly well. We set our stall out in the second half and the Czech Republic were not good enough. Goalkeeper Michael McGovern had nothing to do.

Michael O'Neill makes the right decisions all the time. He has played five at the back it the second half and the team have dealt with everything that has come at them.

The art of defending is dying but from a defensive point of view, it has been outstanding. I remember driving home after games, totally depressed but the games cannot come quick enough now. This is unbelievable.

Having looked like clinching a play-off spot, with a bit of luck, Northern Ireland will be a seed so whoever we play will not want to come to Windsor Park. If we have something to play for in the second leg, God help the team we are playing.

'A fantastic show of character'

England 2-1 Slovakia

Marcus Rashford
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England forward Marcus Rashford: It was an important goal, we started slowly as a team and me on a personal level too. We had to go back to basics and what we had been working on as a team.

England midfielder Eric Dier: Marcus Rashford's night? It wasn't so good to begin with but it got better! A fantastic show of character after making a mistake to score and then score the winner which got us closer to the World Cup where hopefully he will shine. A really important win, it was difficult after starting really poorly but we regained composure.

What's left?

Northern Ireland 2-0 Czech Republic

Northern Ireland have already sealed second place, but only the best eight of the nine runners-up qualify for the play-offs (excluding results against the bottom team in each group).

At the moment they're fine. But they could do with a result against Germany at home or Norway away to ensure they are not the worst second-placed team.

Of course, win both those games and hope Germany lose to Azerbaijan, and they will qualify for the World Cup automatically.

What's left?

England have games against Slovenia and Lithuania remaining - two points from those two games will be enough to book a place in Russia.

Northern Ireland 2-0 Czech Republic

If you were to read the stats, you'd think Northern Ireland hadn't played well. But they did what needed to be done, took their chances when they came.

The Czechs won on shots (11-5), possession (77%-23%). They won on corners, duels won, passes attempted, passes completed.

But on goals? It was 2-0 to Northern Ireland. Scoring their only two efforts on target.

That's seven clean sheets out of eight games in this group. That's five wins in a row. That's five clean sheets in a row.

Northern Ireland celebrate win
Reuters

England 2-1 Slovakia

Gareth Southgate has consistently said that he will not name a permanent captain and I don't expect that to change.

England 2-1 Slovakia

Phil Neville

Former Everton & Man Utd defender on BBC Radio 5 live

In the end, England deservedly won the game. We are one foot closer to Russia.

I would have given man of the match to Jordan Henderson. He took responsibility and wasn't afraid to have the ball. I think he is prime candidate to be captain of England permanently.

Jordan Henderson
EPA

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FULL-TIME

England 2-1 Slovakia

A very good win for England, considering they were absolutely awful for the first 35 minutes or so.

The World Cup is close now.

England players celebrate
Reuters

England 2-1 Slovakia

Raheem Sterling has played better in the few minutes he's been on tonight than he managed in the 45 in Malta. He had a shocker out there.

England send on Jake Livermore to see the game out. He'll replace Dele Alli.

Jake Livermore
Reuters

FULL-TIME

Northern Ireland 2-0 Czech Republic

Michael O'Neill's Northern Ireland have done it again. They have clinched second place in the group, which will probably be enough for a World Cup play-off place.

Five wins in a row. Five clean sheets in a row. What a job. What an era for Northern Irish football.

Northern Ireland celebrate
Reuters

England 2-1 Slovakia

England are still heading to Russia as it stands. They can't go through tonight but they are going to be close IF they hold on for the last few minutes.

We are into stoppage time.

INJURY TIME

Northern Ireland 2-0 Czech Republic

Three minutes added on until another famous win for Northern Ireland. They've had a lot of them under the current boss.

'Heading in the right direction'

England 2-1 Slovakia

Phil Neville

Former Everton & Man Utd defender on BBC Radio 5 live

Before the game Gareth Southgate said we were nowhere near the levels of Spain or Germany but I definitely think we are heading in the right direction.

Marcus Rashford
Reuters

Northern Ireland 2-0 Czech Republic

Jonny Evans is named as man of the match. Thousands of NI fans bouncing up and down. The local houses must be shaking.

Northern Ireland's Jonny Evans
PA

School night?

England 2-1 Slovakia

Gary Flintoff

BBC Radio 5 live at Wembley

Some of the England fans are making for the exits. Perhaps they are confident of an England victory or it could be they are back at school tomorrow after the summer holiday.

England 2-1 Slovakia

A crowd of almost 70,000 have officially been at Wembley tonight but they are starting to drift away. Must be the same guy on the turnstiles who does the Emirates every other week...

Into the last five.

Northern Ireland 2-0 Czech Republic

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill calls for his fans to give them one last push. And they are ROCKING THE HOUSE. Fantastic atmosphere.

Northern Ireland fans
Reuters

Northern Ireland 2-0 Czech Republic

John O'Neill

Former Northern Ireland defender on BBC Radio Ulster

We have watched some poor, poor performances, but the last two years have been incredible.

I never thought I would be watching something like this from Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland 2-0 Czech Republic

Think the Czechs have basically given up now. They know they're not going to score three goals in five minutes. Against a team who are close to a fifth consecutive clean sheet.

England 2-1 Slovakia

A strong run in from the wing by Raheem Sterling and a powerful shot which is deflected into the hands of Martin Dubravka. England are very nearly there.

Raheem Sterling
PA

England 2-1 Slovakia

Phil Neville

Former Everton & Man Utd defender on BBC Radio 5 live

You talk about people with creativity, people who will excite you and get you off your seat, well Marcus Rashford is one of those.