Czech Republic’s Michael Krmencik scored 11 minutes into his debut and Jaromir Zmrhal added a second on the hour mark as the they beat Norway 2-1 in a battle between two sides that had previously struggled in their World Cup Group C qualifiers.
Krmencik fired home Ladislav Krejci’s pass from close range to open the scoring as Norway’s defence stood flat-footed, and Zmrhal added a second, set up by Borek Dockal’s pass before he slid in the finish through the legs of keeper Rune Jarstein.
Despite Josh King pulling a late goal back for the visitors, the Czechs held on for a win that puts them in fourth place in the group on five points, seven behind group leaders Germany and two behind Northern Ireland and Azerbaijan.
Norway’s qualification hopes look increasingly bleak, having picked up just three points after four games, with only San Marino, still without a point, below them.
Eriksen scores twice as Danes down Kazakhstan
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Denmark playmaker Christian Eriksen scored twice to extinguish the challenge of a tough but limited Kazakhstan side and put his side on the road to a 4-1 victory in Copenhagen in their World Cup Group E qualifier.
Striker Andreas Cornelius put the home side ahead after 15 minutes but the Kazakhs struck back two minutes later through defender Gafurzhan Suyumbayev, who fired home a swerving long-distance shot.
Cornelius was at the heart of the action again as he was dragged down in the box nine minutes before halftime and Eriksen converted the resulting spot kick.
A goal from defender Peter Ankersen and a second from Eriksen put the game out of reach in the second half.
The result puts Denmark third in the table on six points, four behind leaders Poland and one behind second-placed Montenegro, while Kazakhstan are bottom on two points.