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4 September 2017

Paul Hazlewood
Albion's Davy Propper and Shane Duffy.

Shane Duffy and Davy Propper found themselves on the scoresheet for their countries over the weekend, as a handful of Brighton & Hove Albion players featured in qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The Republic of Ireland visited Georgia on Saturday afternoon, and despite Duffy’s fourth-minute header, the 25-year-old’s goal was cancelled before half time to share the points.

It was Duffy’s first senior goal for his national team, and the Albion defender will be in action again on Tuesday evening, when Serbia visit the Aviva Stadium.

After being an unused substitute for the Netherlands in their 4-0 defeat to France on Thursday evening, Propper started for Dick Advocaat’s team against Bulgaria yesterday.

The midfielder opened the scoring with a close-range finish in the seventh minute, before scoring his second goal of the game late on, as he headed home to make it 3-1 at the Amsterdam Arena.

Like Duffy, it was also the Dutchman’s first goals for his country, who currently occupy third position in Group A with two qualifying games remaining - against Belarus and Sweden.

Tomer Hemed was sent on at half-time for Israel on Saturday, however the striker was on the losing side as Macedonia scored late on to secure a 1-0 victory in Group G.

Israel travel to second-placed Italy on Tuesday night, who sit seven points ahead, and Hemed’s team will need to secure victory to keep their hopes of finishing second alive.

Oliver Norwood’s Northern Ireland were also in action on Friday evening, and the midfielder played the full 90 minutes in a 3-0 away victory against San Marino.

Michael O’Neill’s team currently sit second in Group C, seven points ahead of the Czech Republic, who visit Windsor Park on Monday night, and a point for Norwood and his team-mates will secure second spot.

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