Charlton's only senior experienced striker was the hero of the hour as the province of Northern Ireland beat the statelet of San Marino tonight. Fortunately, he emerged without an injury.
He was on target twice as Northern Ireland scored three goals in eight second-half minutes to see off a stubborn San Marino 3-0 in Serravalle.
After a nervous first 70 minutes, Magennis side-footed in the opener and then headed home from close range. Northern Ireland have won four games in a row for the first time ever.
Northern Ireland now need just a draw from their next match against the Czech Republic in Belfast on Monday to seal the group runners-up spot after the Czechs lost 2-1 at home to Germany.