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Evans plays in Northern Ireland win

But there was disappointment for Lewis Thompson as the Under-21s suffered a 3-0 defeat

15 October 2019

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Corry Evans played his part as Northern Ireland completed their international week with a narrow friendly victory over the Czech Republic

The 29-year-old entered the action for the final 25 minutes in Prague on Monday night and helped his country to victory to sign off the October international break.

Michael O'Neill's side raced into a three-goal lead before half time, with the goals coming from a Paddy McNair brace either side of Jonny Evans' finish.

Two second half strikes from the hosts in a matter of minutes ensured a nervy finish in Prague for the visitors, but Northern Ireland managed to see the game out to earn the win.

Corry will now return to Rovers for training ahead of Saturday's home game against Huddersfield Town at Ewood Park.

Evans will be hoping to get the call up for next month's break, with two crucial Euro qualifiers at home to the Netherlands and away to Germany.

Elsewhere, Lewis Thompson came on as a second half substitute for Northern Ireland's Under-21s side as Ian Baraclough's side suffered a defeat in Romania.

The hosts picked up a 3-0 win, with each goal coming in the second half. Having goalkeeper and captain Conor Hazard sent off before half time proved to be the turning point.

Tudor Baluta, Valentin Mihaila and Andrei Ciobanu produced the goods on the day, with Thompson coming on for the final 15 minutes for his country.

The Academy graduate will be eager to be part of the squad for the reverse fixture against Romania next month.

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