World Cup Qualifying - European - Group C
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World Cup 2018: Czech Republic 0-0 Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty competes against Michal Kadlec of the Czech Republic
Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty competes against Michal Kadlec of the Czech Republic

Northern Ireland picked up a rather fortunate point as they started their World Cup qualifying campaign with a dreary draw away to the Czech Republic.

In their first match since reaching the knockout stage at Euro 2016, Michael O'Neill's men managed just one shot on target in a half-empty arena in Prague.

The Czech Republic should have taken the lead on 62 minutes but defender Filip Novac shot wide from six yards.

NI's best moment was a Paddy McNair shot saved by Tomas Vaclik.

Normally, an away point would be seen as a decent outcome, but O'Neill will feel this was an opportunity missed against an unimpressive Czech side regarded as being in transition.

Northern Ireland, who memorably beat Ukraine and made it out of their group in the Euro finals in France, never got into their stride in a Group C game riddled with mistakes and poor passing.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Czech Rep

  • 1Vaclik
  • 2Kaderábek
  • 17Suchy
  • 3Kadlec
  • 22Novak
  • 10SkalakSubstituted forKopicat 77'minutes
  • 8Darida
  • 12PavelkaBooked at 80mins
  • 19Krejci
  • 14KadlecSubstituted forVydraat 83'minutes
  • 21SkodaSubstituted forNecidat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Gebre Selassie
  • 5Kalas
  • 6Pokorny
  • 7Necid
  • 9Pospisil
  • 11Pudil
  • 13Kopic
  • 15Sykora
  • 16Koubek
  • 18Sural
  • 20Vydra
  • 23Drobny

Northern Ireland

  • 1McGovern
  • 2McLaughlin
  • 4McAuley
  • 5Evans
  • 3FergusonSubstituted forHodsonat 66'minutes
  • 19WardBooked at 58minsSubstituted forMcGinnat 74'minutes
  • 17McNair
  • 16NorwoodBooked at 30mins
  • 8Davis
  • 14Dallas
  • 10LaffertySubstituted forMagennisat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Hodson
  • 7McGinn
  • 9Boyce
  • 11Washington
  • 12Mannus
  • 13Evans
  • 15McGivern
  • 18Smith
  • 20Lund
  • 21Magennis
  • 22Morris
  • 23Carson
Referee:
Anastasios Sidiropoulos
Attendance:
10,731

Match Stats

Home TeamCzech RepAway TeamNorthern Ireland
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home17
Away7
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Czech Republic 0, Northern Ireland 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Czech Republic 0, Northern Ireland 0.

Foul by Jan Kopic (Czech Republic).

Conor McLaughlin (Northern Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Matej Vydra (Czech Republic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ladislav Krejci.

Attempt missed. Jan Kopic (Czech Republic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Pavel Kaderábek with a cross.

Attempt missed. Tomas Necid (Czech Republic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Vladimir Darida.

Attempt missed. Filip Novak (Czech Republic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Czech Republic. Conceded by Lee Hodson.

Attempt missed. Jan Kopic (Czech Republic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Czech Republic. Matej Vydra replaces Vaclav Kadlec.

Corner, Czech Republic. Conceded by Lee Hodson.

Marek Suchy (Czech Republic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Josh Magennis (Northern Ireland).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jonny Evans (Northern Ireland) because of an injury.

Booking

David Pavelka (Czech Republic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by David Pavelka (Czech Republic).

Steven Davis (Northern Ireland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Pavel Kaderábek (Czech Republic) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Ladislav Krejci with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Czech Republic. Conceded by Steven Davis.

Substitution

Substitution, Czech Republic. Jan Kopic replaces Jiri Skalak.

Attempt missed. Ladislav Krejci (Czech Republic) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Pavel Kaderábek.

Attempt blocked. Vaclav Kadlec (Czech Republic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jiri Skalak.

Substitution

Substitution, Northern Ireland. Niall McGinn replaces Jamie Ward.

Hand ball by David Pavelka (Czech Republic).

Substitution

Substitution, Czech Republic. Tomas Necid replaces Milan Skoda.

Substitution

Substitution, Northern Ireland. Lee Hodson replaces Shane Ferguson.

Hand ball by Milan Skoda (Czech Republic).

Attempt missed. Filip Novak (Czech Republic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ladislav Krejci with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Josh Magennis (Northern Ireland) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Stuart Dallas with a cross.

Vladimir Darida (Czech Republic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paddy McNair (Northern Ireland).

Substitution

Substitution, Northern Ireland. Josh Magennis replaces Kyle Lafferty.

Booking

Jamie Ward (Northern Ireland) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ladislav Krejci (Czech Republic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jamie Ward (Northern Ireland).

Attempt saved. Vaclav Kadlec (Czech Republic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ladislav Krejci.

Offside, Northern Ireland. Gareth McAuley tries a through ball, but Kyle Lafferty is caught offside.

Offside, Northern Ireland. Shane Ferguson tries a through ball, but Steven Davis is caught offside.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 4th September 2016

As It Stood

A

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2Bulgaria00000000
3France00000000
4Luxembourg00000000
5Netherlands00000000
6Sweden00000000

B

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2Faroe Islands00000000
3Hungary00000000
4Latvia00000000
5Portugal00000000
6Switzerland00000000

C

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2Azerbaijan11001013
3Czech Rep10100001
4Northern Ireland10100001
5San Marino100101-10
6Norway100103-30

D

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2Georgia00000000
3Moldova00000000
4R. of Ireland00000000
5Serbia00000000
6Wales00000000

E

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2Kazakhstan10102201
3Poland10102201
4Montenegro10101101
5Romania10101101
6Armenia100101-10

F

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2England11001013
3Lithuania10102201
4Slovenia10102201
5Slovakia100101-10
6Malta100115-40

G

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2Israel00000000
3Italy00000000
4Liechtenstein00000000
5Macedonia00000000
6Spain00000000

H

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2Bos-Herze00000000
3Cyprus00000000
4Estonia00000000
5Gibraltar00000000
6Greece00000000

I

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2Finland00000000
3Iceland00000000
4Kosovo00000000
5Turkey00000000
6Ukraine00000000
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