Former Liverpool midfielder Vladimir Smicer was the Czech Republic's hero as they beat Norway 1-0 in the first leg of their World Cup play-off.
Pavel Nedved (r) congratulates Vladimir Smicer after his goal
The match also marked Czech star Pavel Nedved's international comeback.
Smicer rounded off a sweeping move by heading home a Karel Poborsky cross for the only goal of the game.
Norway managed only a few long-range shots and rarely threatened, leaving the Czechs in a strong position ahead of Wednesday's second leg in Prague.
Norway: Myhre, Bergdolmo, Hagen, Hangeland, Riise, Solli (Braaten 46), Haestad, Grindheim (Stromstad 85), Pedersen, Carew, Iversen (Aarst 77).
Subs Not Used: Espen Johnsen, Hoiland, Lundekvam, Helstad.
Czech Republic: Cech, Grygera, Jankulovski, Rozehnal, Ujfalusi, Galasek, Nedved, Poborsky, Rosicky (Jarosik 86), Smicer (Heinz 77), Baros (Polak 60).
Subs Not Used: Kinsky, Jiranek, Kovac, Stajner.
Booked: Nedved, Smicer, Jankulovski.
Goals: Smicer 31.
Ref: Massimo Busacca (Switzerland).