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Sheydaev leads Russia to Group 5 summit

Midfielder Ramil Sheydaev scored twice in each game as Russia recorded three comfortable victories to take first place in Group 5 ahead of the Czech Republic.

Ramil Sheydaev scored six goals for Russia
Ramil Sheydaev scored six goals for Russia ©Sportsfile

Russia put seven goals past Faroe Islands and beat Northern Ireland 5-2
Czech Republic record 2-0 wins against Northern Ireland and Faroe Islands
Russia beat Czech Republic 3-0 to claim first place 
Midfielder Ramil Sheydaev scores twice in every game for Russia
Northern Ireland finish third after 3-0 final-day victory over Faroes

Full results and standings

Stephen Craigan, Northern Ireland coach 
Russia and the Czechs were stronger than us, although we had pivotal moments in both games to go ahead. I think the group ended up the way it was always going to.

I've been with the players since March, and there has been great improvement since then, so I am happy enough for now. Sometimes they came up short but they did well against the Faroes. I can't criticise the boys' commitment, they really showed dedication.

Elite round draw: 3 December

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