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Key Events

83'
M. Vydra
V. Kadlec
80'
D. Pavelka
Yellow Card
77'
J. Kopic
J. Skalák
74'
N. McGinn
J. Ward
68'
T. Necid
M. Škoda
66'
L. Hodson
S. Ferguson
59'
J. Magennis
K. Lafferty
58'
J. Ward
Yellow Card
30'
O. Norwood
Yellow Card
3
1
3
2

Stats

Possession
% %
11
2
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 1 3
Total Passes 515 271

Commentary

FULL-TIME! Czech Republic draw 0-0 with Northern Ireland in Prague, despite having a number of great chances to win the game, meaning that both teams pick up a qualification point. Krejci, Novak and V. Kadlec went close in the second half, with substitute Kopic also having a couple of late opportunities, but McGovern and company stand firm. That's all that we have time for, we hope to see you again next time.
90' + 3' Czech Republic continue to fire long balls forward in a desperate attempt to find a winning goal, with the hosts prepared to hurl lots of players forward at this late stage of the game. A diagonal pass is headed square across goal by Kaderabek, but Evans clears yet again for the visitors.
90' + 1' We are into the first of four minutes of stoppage time in Prague. Kopic takes aim with an adventurous volley from 25 yards out, but can only dip a powerful effort just over the crossbar.
89' Krejci is found by a low pass towards the edge of the box, with the Bologna winger turning sharply to get a chance to shoot. He unleashes a drive that searches for the bottom-right corner, but McGovern watches the ball bobble just shy of the target. Close again for Czech Republic!
87' Evans places another aimless clearance forward, which is deflected out for a throw-in, but the ex-Manchester United defender gives his teammates an earful for not providing him with any other options. Both sets of fans are urging their players forward, but this contest looks destined to end goalless at this stage of proceedings.
85' Only five minutes remain for either side to find a winner, with Hodson the latest Northern Irish defender to give away a corner. Novak is the man to benefit from a half-clearance on this occasion, but the Czech left-back snatches at his attempt and sends the ball well wide of the near post.
M. Vydra
V. Kadlec
Czech Republic
83' Vydra is given the chance to make himself a hero late on, replacing V. Kadlec up top.
82' Kaderabek manages to win yet another corner for the hosts, which Darida delivers, but Northern Ireland clear. Kopic picks up the pieces and shoots from 25 yards out, but the substitute fires high of the crossbar.
D. Pavelka
Yellow Card
Czech Republic
80' Kopic picks up a caution merely a few minutes after being introduced by Jarolim.
80' Czech Republic break down the right, with Krejci scampering into the box and then being denied by a stretching leg. Despite all of their pressure and possession, the final ball continues to escape the home team whenever they get into the final third.
78' The home side continue to press on in search of a goal, with a long throw forcing Davis into conceding a corner on the left-hand side. The resulting set-piece is guided into the box, but a header from McLaughlin deflects off Krejci and behind for a goal-kick.
J. Kopic
J. Skalák
Czech Republic
77' Skalak is replaced for the dying minutes, with Kopic coming into the game and looking to make a difference.
76' V. Kadlec has another chance from close range, but sees a second good attempt blocked brilliantly by Evans, before a looping Kaderabek cross is flicked just wide of the target by a Krejci header. Czech Republic just can't seem to quite wriggle home the goal required tonight.
N. McGinn
J. Ward
Northern Ireland
74' McGinn is given the last quarter of an hour to impress, with Ward jogging off after an energetic performance.
74' Northern Ireland have a half-chance, as Ward tries to wriggle free of some pressure to shoot within the penalty area, but the ex-Derby midfielder has the ball stolen off his boot as he tries to finish. Due to a lack of quality striking options, this contest is threatening to end as a stalemate.
72' Time is ticking down in Prague, with the home fans making a deafening noise as they attempt to coax their players to a late win. Northern Ireland continue to defend well and pack players behind the ball, but the introduction of Necid might have been the change Jarolim needed.
70' Czech Republic build their way down the right-hand side, with a cross eventually clipped into the box. Pavelka tries his best to stab home a close-range finish, which is saved well by McGovern, but play is stopped anyhow for an obvious handball from Necid in the build-up.
T. Necid
M. Škoda
Czech Republic
68' Skoda is withdrawn after a quiet performance, with Necid injected into the fray in a straight swap up top.
67' Northern Ireland break down the right with intent, but Ward eventually sends a ballooning delivery way over the crossbar and out for a goal-kick. With less than half an hour to play, both sides are still looking to force their opposing goalkeepers into saves, with both shot-stoppers essentially being spectators in Prague.
L. Hodson
S. Ferguson
Northern Ireland
66' After feeling an injury problem, Ferguson is eventually replaced by Hodson.
65' Magennis is picked out by an early back-post cross, but his knock-down fails to find a team-mate. Whenever the substitute peels off his role as a front man, Northern Ireland are looking a little bit light on attacking options through the middle of the field.
63' Wide from Novak! The whole stadium thought that was in! A looping cross bouncing its way lazily into the penalty box, giving the Czech left-back all of the time in the world to pick his spot. Under no pressure, he rushes his shot and fires beyond the right-hand post. Northern Ireland breathe a sigh of relief!
61' Less than half an hour remains in this contest, with Magennis and Ward immediately linking up dangerously. The former curls in a right-footed cross from the left flank, but the substitute can't quite stretch enough to get a goalscoring touch on the ball at the back post.
J. Magennis
K. Lafferty
Northern Ireland
59' Lafferty is withdrawn for the visitors, with Magennis introduced for some pace up top.
J. Ward
Yellow Card
Northern Ireland
58' Ward picks up a yellow card for his troubles, as cynical fouls creep into the equation.
58' V. Kadlec is fed possession just inside the opposition box, and attempts to quickly swivel to shoot, but Evans is in close attendances and muscles the striker away from the opportunity. Czech Republic are creating the half-chances and keep having more chance to threaten, given that Northern Ireland need to push on for a breakthrough goal too.
56' V. Kadlec shoots from just inside the penalty area, but the 24-year-old can only slot a tame effort straight at McGovern, with the ball fizzing its way through considerable traffic. The hosts then break down the left, before opening play out to the right flank, but an eventual cut-back from Kaderabek is blocked well.
54' Northern Ireland take a free-kick short down the left-hand side, with Davis able to clip an early cross in from out wide. The captain looks to find Lafferty at the back post, but the former Rangers striker is penalised for climbing all over his man. Czech Republic continue to look for the head of Skoda, but McAuley has the beating of his man with ease.
52' Krejci bursts down the right-hand side and gets to the byline, but eventually runs the ball out of play with an errant touch, which sums up the start of this second half. Norwood is sent tumbling to the ground by a late tackle from Kaderabek, as play struggles to flow.
50' Play is stopped for a moment, as Ferguson goes down with an injury, as it appears that the former Newcastle left-back has tweaked his hamstring. It appears that he is willing to try and play on, but the defender isn't moving too freely. He will have to be watched over the next five minutes or so.
48' Big chance goes begging for the hosts! Skalak goes on a bursting run through the heart of the Northern Ireland midfield, before being denied by a sliding tackle. Skoda picks up the pieces and slides a pass into the path of V. Kadlec, but the striker can't make goalscoring contact while in acres of space at the back post.
46' We are underway in the second half at Generali Arena! Northern Ireland have been conservative and relaxed in the first half, with Czech Republic struggling to create any big chances, but plenty of time remains for this contest to open up.
HALF-TIME! Both sides go in goalless at the break in Prague, with the home side having the better of the opening period. Czech Republic started brightly, with Krejci looking sharp, and have seen more of the ball, but Northern Ireland goalkeeper McGovern has been untroubled.
44' Lafferty is the focal point for Northern Ireland at present, but the Norwich striker isn't looking sharp, despite scoring for his club in cup action recently. Only a couple of minutes stand between the away side and the end of a slightly blunt first half performance.
42' Northern Ireland look to burst away on the break, after a corner from the hosts was cleared upfield, but Suchy is once again the man present to frustrate the combination play between Davis and Lafferty. Moments later, the latter is found in the box by a looping delivery, but is penalised for handball.
40' Only five minutes are left on the clock in the first half, with Northern Ireland probably looking to just make it into the interval without conceding. Czech Republic are putting on relentless pressure during extended spells in Prague. Skalak whips in a cross from the right, forcing Ferguson to concede a corner.
38' Darida is robbed of the ball, but a long, direct pass into Lafferty's chest is then intercepted by M. Kadlec. The hosts are pushing on and have their opposition pegged deep inside their own half, but O'Neill's system is proving to be resilient as usual. Darida lines up a long-range effort, but fires into the stands.
36' Czech Republic earn themselves another free-kick in a dangerous position, but Northern Ireland stand firm with another first-man clearance. The hosts continue to press down the left, but eventually Krejci is frustrated by McLaughlin. Less than 10 minutes remain in the first half, with Jarolim watching on from his technical area - possibly ruing the fact that his side didn't take the lead during their early spell of pressure.
34' Ward drives down the right, before setting a pass out towards the left-hand side. Ferguson picks up possession and curls a high cross into the box, but Vaclik climbs well to gather the ball in mid-air under pressure from Lafferty.
32' Only 15 minutes remain in the first half in Prague, with Northern Ireland slowly offering a little bit more going forward. Lafferty is looking a little bit isolated, with Dallas and Ward failing to contribute much from wide areas, but a few bursting runs from central midfield have posed Czech Republic with some questions.
O. Norwood
Yellow Card
Northern Ireland
30' Norwood gets the first caution of the evening for a late tackle on Krejci.
30' Norwood is booked for a late tackle on Krejci, with the ex-Burnley midfielder diving into a poor sliding challenge that catches his man after the ball had gone. The hosts pump the resulting set-piece into the penalty area, but yet again Skoda is beaten aerially. This game has been very attritional.
28' Dallas manages to tee up McNair on the edge of the Czech Republic box, but the ex-Manchester United midfielder sees a low shot pushed around the post nearly by Vaclik. The visitors earn themselves a corner as a result, but after some goal-mouth action, Suchy and company clear to safety.
26' A poor pass back towards Suchy is almost intercepted by Lafferty, but the Czech Republic captain just about manages to slide a ball into his own goalkeeper. That was almost a lot of good home pressure undone by a silly mistake in the middle of the park.
24' Northern Ireland win a corner on the left-hand side, with Ferguson standing over it. The left-back aims for the near post, but the ball fails to beat the first man. Czech Republic counter, with a long ball being punted into the box in search of Skoda, but McAuley climbs above his marker.
22' The home fans continue to make plenty of noise, with Jarolim bound to be pleased with his side's intensity during the opening 20 minutes or so. A few fouls have broken up play in the middle of the park recently, with Northern Ireland keen to slow things down whenever the ball goes out of play.
20' Northern Ireland try to break forward on the counter-attack, but Novak dives into a fierce tackle which concedes a free-kick. A delivery is pumped into the box from the right, but is easily cleared. Czech Republic gallop forward on the break as a result, but a shot from Krejci is well blocked eventually.
18' Skoda is the target of a long pass in from the right-hand side, but McGovern claims the ball deep in his own penalty area, as the Northern Ireland goalkeeper continues to have an early start to the contest. Neither shot-stopper has made a save yet. Krejci feeds Novak down the left flank, but a delivery in from the byline is cut out by McLaughlin easily.
16' Jarolim's men are continuing to dominate possession, with the back four seeing plenty of the ball while moving it from side to side to probe for a gap. Northern Ireland have been sat back, with McNair very deep indeed. O'Neill clearly doesn't want to give anything away early on.
14' The away fans try to spice things up with a chant about Will Grigg, but Northern Ireland have offered very little in terms of setting this game alight in Prague. V. Kadlec tries to scamper down the right-hand side, but McAuley covers across to deny the Czech forward, before a misplaced pass from Krejci breaks down another dangerous move moments later.
12' The aforementioned corner is met in the air by Lafferty, who can only guide a glancing header well wide of the right-hand post, as Northern Ireland look to respond to a bright start from Jarolim's side. The home fans are getting behind their side, who have their tails up at the moment.
10' Darida goes down heavily after being caught on his ankle by Dallas, with Czech Republic earning themselves a free-kick in a dangerous area. The set-piece is swung in towards the back post, but is given too much height, allowing for McGovern to come out and claim. The visitors try to counter as a result, with Davis streaking down the left, but Suchy covers across to concede a corner.
8' Skoda is picked out in the penalty area by a penetrative pass from deep, but the Slavia Prague striker can only guide a tame finish around McGovern's near post. Northern Ireland are yet to wake up, with the hosts dominating possession in the opening exchanges.
6' Dallas bends a cross in from the right-hand side, but Lafferty is unable to get anywhere near the ball, as Northern Ireland try to respond after a quick start from the home side. Jarolim's men have had early joy in wide areas, with the visitors forced to sit back and absorb pressure. Kaderabek and Krejci already look bright.
4' Krejci bends a cross into the box from the left that looks for the run of Skoda, but the Czech striker is beaten to his header by a defender. The hosts earn themselves a corner, with Kaderabek picked out at the back post after the initial set-piece was taken short, but the Hoffenheim defender could only lift a looping attempt over the crossbar.
3' Davis loses out on the ball in midfield, allowing for the hosts to break down the right with Kaderabek. The right-back plays backwards, rather than pumping a hopeful cross into the box, before Krejci is released in behind the Northern Ireland back four. The Bologna winger tries to cut back a dangerous delivery, but Evans intercepts and hoofs clear.
1' We are underway in the first half! Czech Republic will be looking to kick off their qualifying campaign with a win on home soil, but Northern Ireland are high on confidence after a promising European Championship performance in France.
Northern Ireland starting line-up (4-2-3-1): McGovern; McLaughlin, McAuley, Evans, Ferguson; McNair, Norwood; Dallas, Davis, Ward; Lafferty. 
Czech Republic starting line-up (4-4-2): Vaclik; Kaderabek, Suchy, M. Kadlec, Novak; Skalak, Darida, Pavelka, Krejci; V. Kadlec, Skoda.
TEAM NEWS: Craig Cathcart is missing due to a groin injury for the away side, with Jonny Evans and Gareth McAuley set to feature at the heart of the back four. Shane Ferguson should come in at left-back. Paddy McNair is set to play in his preferred position of central midfield alongside Oliver Norwood, with Steven Davis playing in behind Kyle Lafferty. Callum Morris and Matthew Lund are both named in the squad, but are yet to make their international bow.
TEAM NEWS: Milan Skoda gets another chance up top for the Czech Republic, after arriving late on the international scene, with Tomas Necid not featuring from the off. Tomas Rosicky is also not involved in the starting line-up, with Vladimir Darida set to try and pull the strings in midfield. Pavel Kaderabek is preferred at right-back, after impressing at youth level in recent years.
Northern Ireland have won merely one of their last six international games on foreign soil, with that lone victory coming against Ukraine in Euro 2016's group stage, while the hosts have failed to win in their last four World Cup qualifying games within their own borders. 
Hello and welcome to live coverage of Northern Ireland's first World Cup qualifying match, as Michael O'Neill's men travel to face the Czech Republic in Prague. The visitors haven't played a match since losing out at Euro 2016 at the hands of Wales, while Karel Jarolim's men bounced back from a disappointing summer in France with a recent 3-0 friendly win over Armenia.
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