Former Manchester United defenders Jonny Evans and Paddy McNair were on target for Northern Ireland in their international friendly win over Czech Republic in Prague on Monday evening.

The ex-Manchester United stars scored the goals in the first half of the game.

Middlesbrough player Paddy McNair gave Northern Ireland the lead away from home on nine minutes before Leicester City centre back Jonny Evans added a second goal from close range midway into the first half.

Paddy McNair completed his brace and a third goal for Northern Ireland in the 40th minute to complete a remarkable first half performance for his team.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill and his players were three goals up at the halftime interval.

They were pegged back by their hosts in quick succession midway into the second half through Vladimir Darida and Alex Kral.

The Czech Republic goals came within one minute as they set up a grandstand finish which saw Northern Ireland emerge unscathed to secure a slim 3-2 win over the Czechs for their first friendly victory away from home in 13 years.

Northern Ireland were able to recover from the late heartbreak against the Netherlands in their Euro 2020 qualifier held in Amsterdam last week.


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