Michael O’Neill’s decision to switch Josh Magennis to the centre paid off with two goals against San Marino last Friday. Photograph: Tim Goode/PA Wire

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Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill is wary of Azerbaijan. Photograph: William Cherry/Inpho.

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Turkey’s midfielder Ozan Tufan (C) celebrates after scoring his goal during the Euro 2016 group D football match between Czech Republic and Turkey at Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens. Photo: Getty Images

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A steward removes flares from the pitch during the Euro 2016 Group D match between Czech Republic and Croatia in St Etienne. Photo: Sergey Dolzhenko/Getty Images

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  Gerard Pique celebrates after scoring their winning goal. Photo: Sergio Perez/Reuters

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Sparta Prague playmaker Borek Dockal will be pulling the strings in the Czech Republic’s attack. Photograph: Getty

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Czech Republic players celebrate after their incredible comeback against the Netherlands at Euro 2004. Photo: Andreas Rentz/Bongarts/Getty Images

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Oliver Bierhoff celebrates scoring the golden goal against the Czech Republic in the final of Euro ’96 at Wembley. Photo: Getty Images

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Nihat is mobbed by his Turkey teammates after his winner against the Czech Republic at Euro 2008. Photograph: Getty

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