How Albion’s players have performed on international duty.
Oliver Norwood and Shane Duffy both played 90 minutes for their respective countries over the weekend, as two of Brighton & Hove Albion’s most recent signings tasted victory in World Cup qualifiers.
Norwood claimed an assist in Northern Ireland’s convincing 4-0 triumph against Azerbaijan on Friday night, with Conor McLaughlin finding the back of the net from the 25-year-old’s front-post corner.
Victory at Windsor Park lifted the Green and White Army into second position in Group C - behind leaders Germany - with Michael O’Neil’s side set to play Croatia in an international friendly tomorrow evening, kick-off 7.45pm.
Duffy helped Republic of Ireland maintain their unbeaten start in Group D, with James McClean’s second-half strike securing all three points against Austria in Vienna.
The 24-year-old picked up a yellow card in the first half but defended well to keep Ireland’s clean sheet intact, as Martin O’Neill’s team topped Group D with ten points.
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Tomer Hemed came off the bench in the 70th minute for Israel on Saturday night, but the striker was unable to get his name on the scoresheet as they overcame Albania 3-0 away from home.
Albania had two players sent off and Hemed’s team took full advantage, scoring twice against nine men to secure victory and overtake their opponents in Group G.
Jiri Skalak was also used as a late substitute for his country, appearing from the bench in the 86th minute, as Czech Republic sealed a narrow 2-1 victory against Denmark on home soil.
Skalak’s nation leaped into fourth position in Group C, with the midfielder hoping to receive more game time in Tuesday’s international friendly against Denmark, kick-off 7.45pm.
Niki Maenpaa wasn’t included in Finland’s 21-man squad that lost 1-0 against Ukraine on Saturday evening, which maintained their position of fifth in Group I.
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