Northern Ireland held the Czech Republic to a goalless draw at a rainswept Windsor Park as they gained their first point of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ qualifying campaign.
It was a fine effort from Nigel Worthington's men against a side ranked eighth in the world, especially as he saw Rangers midfielder Steve Davis leave the squad in the build-up to deal with a personal matter. This was a confidence boosting result for the province after their defeat away to Slovakia in Bratislava.
Experienced goalkeeper Maik Taylor had to be sharp early on to keep the home side in the game when he tipped over a free-kick from Marek Kankulovski that swirled in the wind. However, it was not all one-way traffic with Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech having to be alert to prevent team-mate David Rozenhal heading in an own-goal.
Milan Baros should have put the visitors ahead on the stroke of half-time but headed wide following a cross from Zdenek Grygera. Northern Ireland had chances to win the game late on with substitute Martin Paterson heading wide 12 minutes from time.