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.
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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
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