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ALBION INTERNATIONAL ROUND-UP

12 October 2016

A summary of Albion's players in international action this month.


TOMER HEMED scored three goals in two games for Israel, as Elisha Levy’s side secured 2-1 victories against Macedonia and Liechtenstein respectively.

Hemed gave Israel the lead with 26 minutes on the clock in Skopje, before Tal Ben Haim doubled their advantage in the 43rd minute.

Ilija Nestorovski pulled one back for the hosts, but Israel held on for all three points despite having Eitan Tibi sent off late on in Thursday's game.

Albion’s frontman continued his scoring form three days later against Liechtenstein with two goals in the opening 16 minutes of the game.

Maximilian Goppel halved the deficit four minutes after the restart, but Israel secured another three points to consolidate fourth place in the group and stay within a point of group leaders Spain.



 
SHANE DUFFY
made two full 90-minute appearances for the Republic of Ireland in their two World Cup qualifying victories over Georgia and Moldova respectively.

Seamus Coleman’s strike was enough to give Martin O’Neill’s side a narrow 1-0 win over Georgia on Thursday, ahead of a 3-1 win away at Moldova on Sunday night.

James McLean’s brace and a goal from Shane Long secured another important three points, cancelling out Igor Bugaiov’s equaliser for the hosts.




NIKI MAENPAA was an unused substitute for Finland in their two World Cup qualifying defeats away at Iceland on Thursday and home to Croatia on Sunday.

Hans Backe’s side were beaten 3-2 and 1-0 respectively, leaving the country with one draw and two defeats from their opening three qualifiers.

Finland sit fifth in Group I, six points adrift of group leaders Croatia.

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SEBASTIEN POCOGNOLI received a late call-up to the Belgium squad over the weekend for their match against Gibraltar on Monday night.

The full-back was drafted in as a late replacement for the injured Jordan Lukaku, but was an unused substitute in their 6-0 win over Gibraltar.

Christian Benteke’s hat-trick and a goal each from Axel Witsel, Dries Mertens and Eden Hazard secured a comfortable victory to keep Roberto Martinez’s side top of Group H with nine points.




OLIVER NORWOOD earned another two caps for Northern Ireland in their games against San Marino and Germany.

The 25-year-old played the full 90 minutes for Michael O’Neill’s side in their 4-0 win over San Marino on Saturday, as Kyle Lafferty’s brace, a Steven Davis penalty and Jamie Ward’s strike secured a convincing win.

Norwood was named in the starting line-up again for the trip to reigning world champions Germany, but was replaced by Paddy McNair with 73 minutes on the clock.

Goals from Julian Draxler and Sami Khedira gave the Germans a 2-0 win in Hannover.




JIRI SKALAK came on as a 69th-minute substitute for Milan Petrzela in the Czech Republic’s 3-0 defeat to Germany on Saturday.

Thomas Muller’s brace and a goal from Toni Kroos secured all three points for the hosts.

Albion’s winger returned to the starting line-up on Tuesday, as Pavel Vrba’s side were held to a goalless draw by Azerbaijan.

Skalak was substituted after 74 minutes of the game, and was replaced by Jaromir Zmrhal.
 


CHRISTIAN WALTON made his England under-21 debut on Tuesday, as the Three Lions ended their European Championship qualifying campaign in style with a 5-0 win over Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Tammy Abraham’s brace and a goal each from John Swift, Josh Onomah and Duncan Watmore gave Aidy Boothroyd an emphatic victory in his second match in caretaker charge.

Walton was an unused substitute last Thursday in England’s 1-0 win over Kazakhstan in Aktobe.

Demarai Gray’s goal was enough to secure the under-21s a place in next year’s finals with a game to spare.

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