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Man of the Match display from Jonny Evans

ALBION stars stole the show for Northern Ireland as they all but secured a World Cup qualifying play-off spot on Monday night.

Jonny Evans, who took home the Man of the Match award, and Chris Brunt were both on target for Michael O’Neill’s side in a crucial 2-0 win over Czech Republic at Windsor Park – a result which ensured at least a second-place finish in Group C.

Eight of the nine nations who finish second in their qualifying group will clinch a play-off position.

In Group F, Matt Phillips and James Morrison featured as Scotland recorded an important 2-0 win over Malta at Hampden Park.

Phillips completed the whole game while Morrison replaced James McArthur at the break.

The result keeps Scotland’s hopes of a securing a play-off spot alive.

Elsewhere in the same group, Jake Livermore appeared as a very late substitute at Wembley where England took a giant step towards Russia.

Gareth Southgate’s men came from behind to beat Slovakia 2-1, meaning they need just one more win from their final two games against Slovenia and Lithuania to clinch automatic qualification for the World Cup finals.

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