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ALBION INTERNATIONAL UPDATE

6 October 2017

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Shane Duffy

A number of Brighton & Hove Albion first-team and under-23 players are currently away representing their respective countries at senior and youth team level.
 
Here is a review of their progress to date and what lies ahead in the coming days.

Mathew Ryan

Mathew Ryan

Mathew Ryan played the full 90 minutes in the first leg of Australia’s FIFA World Cup play-off qualifier against Syria in Malaysia on Thursday night.
 
Robbie Kruse gave the Socceroos the lead with 40 minutes on the clock, but Omar Al Soma scored an 84th-minute equaliser from the penalty spot to claim a share of the spoils.
 
The two teams meet again for the second leg in Sydney on Tuesday night, with the winners sealing their place in next year’s finals.

Shane Duffy

The Republic of Ireland play Moldova at the Aviva Stadium in a crucial FIFA World Cup qualifier tonight, knowing that only a victory will maintain their chances of leapfrogging Wales into second spot in the group and a place in the play-offs.
 
Shane Duffy and his team-mates will be targeting all three points before a potential winner-takes-all clash in Cardiff against Wales next Monday.

Oliver Norwood

Oliver Norwood

Oliver Norwood played the full 90 minutes in Northern Ireland’s 3-1 defeat at home to Germany on Thursday night.
 
Sebastian Rudy, Sandro Wagner and Joshua Kimmich put the reigning world champions into a 3-0 lead, before Josh Magennis scored a consolation goal for Michael O’Neill’s side in stoppage time.
 
Northern Ireland had already secured second spot in the group prior to the game, but may still need a point away in Norway on Sunday to secure their place in the play-offs as one of the eight best runners-up.

Davy Propper

Davy Propper

Davy Propper and his Dutch team-mates will look to keep their hopes alive of claiming second spot in the group when they travel to Belarus on Saturday, kick-off 7.45pm.
 
The Netherlands head into the game knowing they must win to stand any chance of finishing above Sweden in the group, before facing them in their final group game at the Amsterdam Arena next Tuesday.

Tomer Hemed

Tomer Hemed
 
Tomer Hemed has linked up with the Israel squad for their final two World Cup qualifiers against Liechtenstein and Spain.
 
Israel can no longer qualify for the World Cup and face Liechtenstein in Vaduz tonight, kick-off 7.45pm, before hosting Group G leaders Spain in Jerusalem on Monday night.

Jayson Molumby


Jayson Molumby and Rian O’Sullivan

Albion under-23 duo Jayson Molumby and Rian O’Sullivan are currently away with the Republic of Ireland under-19s, as they play three matches in a European Championships mini qualifying tournament in Waterford.

Molumby captained the side in a goalless draw away at Azerbaijan in Waterford on Wednesday night, while O’Sulllivan played the first 42 minutes of the game.

Next up for Molumby and O’Sullivan is a match against Cyprus on Saturday, before a game with Serbia on Tuesday night.

Henrik Bjordal


Henrik Bjordal and Mathias Normann
 
Henrik Bjordal and Mathias Normann both started the match for Norway’s under-21s in their European Championship qualifier away at the Republic of Ireland on Thursday night.
 
The match ended 0-0 in Dublin and the two sides will face each other again next month.


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