Czech Republic 2-3 Northern Ireland: Paddy McNair scores twice as visitors survive fightback

Czech Rep vs N Ireland
International Match
6:00pm Monday October

Generali Arena

Paddy McNair scored as Northern Ireland withstood a second-half fightback to record an friendly win in Prague.
Michael ONeills side were great value due to their 3-0 half-time lead as McNairs clinical opener (9) was introduced to by Jonny Evans after Czech Republic failed to clean out some set-piece (23).
McNair hurried onto Steven Davis pass to sweep at a third to the traffic (40), however afterwards crumbling from the Netherlands, Northern Ireland were thankful for its final whistle after being pegged back at the next half.
The hosts improved dramatically following the break as quickfire goals from Vladimir Darida (67) and Alex Kral (68) threatened to spoil Northern Irelands night, but there wouldnt be any repeat of Rotterdam.
ONeill had neglected to register a win in any of his preceding 12 off friendlies as Northern Ireland manager, but afterwards Ronald Koeman labelled his sides strategy asdreadful to observe, this was lucky number 13 and the perfect riposte.
Despite the euphoria of finish Englands 43-game unbeaten streak in World Cup and Euro qualifiers on Friday, there were plenty of empty seats around the Generali Arena – which proved a case of following the Lord Mayors series for the Czechs, who made 10 changes.
The people survived an early scare when a clearance by Evans enabled Josef Husbauer to cross for Radim Reznik to head towards goal, but Michael McGovern – on his return to the side – retained his campaign out from six yards.
Nevertheless, it had been ONeills men, experimentation with a formation – who broke the deadlock as McNair struck at the ninth minute, latching on to Liam Boyces low cross and beating on his guy to fire beneath goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka.
Plus it was 2-0 in the 23rd minute when a corner caused chaos. Tom Flanagans attempt was blocked but the ball fell for Evans to fire into the roof of the net.
Gavin Whyte was refused using the hosts from close range . The hosts squandered their best chance of the first half as Kral pulled down the ball for Michael Krmencik and conquer McLaughlin on the left, but he could not locate the target.
And things got worse to the Czechs at the 40th minute as Davis slipped the ball McNair driven towards goal and from inside his own half rounding thekeeper.
The scourge of all England, zdenek Ondrasek, came on at the break and he revitalised the attack, however, Craig Cathcart made a fine block to deny him a impact.
The replacement fired extensive as the hosts continued to show increased urgency, along with Northern Ireland were reversed twice at the space of two minutes, although Jan Kopic for another decent opportunity set up ondrasek on the hour-mark.
The side of jaroslav Silhavy reduced the deficit once Darida shot through a crowded box has been hot for McGovern. And Kral strode forward and hit a second to the bottom left corner of the net, before Northern Ireland could draw attention.
But after radically devoting two goals in stoppage time in the Netherlands, Northern Ireland held their nerve at the four minutes to triumph at which England failed.
Former Northern Ireland defender Gareth McAuley informed SSN…
It was all about the outcome tonight. They showed grit, determination and plenty of heart.
It is the first away friendly that weve won in 13 games so it is a big result, particularly after another night.
The four substitutes altered the match and made a enormous difference. They awakened us back in and we defended for most of the second-half. It turned out to be a operation that is dogged and you Michael will be proud with.
Northern Ireland now sponsor Netherlands on November 16 in Euro Qualifying set C, before a Visit to Germany on November 19, using both matches kicking off at 7.45pm and live on Sky Sports.

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