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
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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

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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.

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