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ALBION INTERNATIONAL UPDATE

24 March 2018

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James Rodriguez with Jose Izquierdo

Brighton & Hove Albion’s players were involved in the thick of international action last night, as the build-up to this year’s World Cup finals gathers momentum.

Here is a review of their progress so far:

Jose Izquierdo

The winger came off the bench to make his first appearance for Colombia in over nine months, in an impressive 3-2 comeback victory away in France.

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud and Monaco’s Thomas Lemar put the hosts 2-0 up in Paris, but goals from Luis Muriel and Radamel Falcao pulled the score back to 2-2.

Izquierdo replaced goalscorer Muriel in the 77th minute and won Jose Pekerman’s side a penalty late on after being brought down in the box by Samuel Umtiti.

Juan Fernando Quintero converted from the spot to make it 3-2 in the 85th minute, as the South American nation secured a brilliant win.

Colombia’s attentions now turn to next Tuesday’s friendly against Australia at Craven Cottage, where Izquierdo could come face-to-face with Albion team-mate Mathew Ryan.

Mathew Ryan

Mathew Ryan

It was a night to forget for Ryan and his Socceroos team-mates, as Australia were beaten 4-1 by Norway in Oslo.

Ola Kamara’s hat-trick and Tore Reginiussen gave the Norwegians an emphatic victory, despite Australia taking a 20th-minute lead through Jackson Irvine.

The result ensured Bert van Marwijk began his tenure as boss with a defeat, but they will have a chance to quickly bounce back against Colombia on Tuesday.

Davy Propper

Davy Propper

Davy Propper came off the bench to make earn his ninth cap for the Netherlands in their 1-0 defeat to England in Amsterdam.

Former Albion loanee Jesse Lingard scored the only goal of the game just shy of the hour mark for Gareth Southgate’s side.

Propper will be targeting more game time for his country when the Dutch face Portugal in Geneva on Monday night.

Shane Duffy

Shane Duffy

It was also a disappointing night for Shane Duffy and the Republic of Ireland, after they were beaten 1-0 by Turkey in Antalya.

Mehmet Topal scored the only goal of the night with 52 minutes played to give the hosts a narrow victory.

Beram Kayal and Tomer Hemed



The Albion duo both started for Israel in their 2-1 defeat at home to Romania.

Beram Kayal played the first half in Netanya. while Hemed was on the pitch for an hour and put the hosts in front shortly being replaced by Alon Turgeman.

Despite Hemed's goal, the visitors struck back twice to win the game through Nicolae Stanciu and George Tucudean.

Meanwhile, Albion’s academy players have also tasted international action in recent days, as under-23 striker Aaron Connolly scored a 76th-minute equaliser for the Republic of Ireland under-19s to secure a 1-1 draw against Slovakia.

Michal Tomic gave Slovakia the lead on the hour mark, before Connolly ensured Ireland would claim a point in the UEFA Under-19 Championship Elite Round fixture. Up next is a game against Kosovo this afternoon.

Under-23 winger Henrik Bjordal was also on target for Norway under-21s, as they secured a 1-1 draw with Italy in a friendly.

Bjordal scored with a right-footed shot from the edge of the area to give the Norwegians the lead, before Luca Vido restored parity with a close-range strike.


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