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INTERNATIONAL UPDATE: AFRICAN TRIO FEATURE

10 September 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Leon Balogun, Percy Tau and Gaetan Bong.

A number of Brighton & Hove Albion players have represented their respective nations over the past few days, and here’s a round-up of who’s been in action and how their countries have fared.

Albion trio Leon Balogun, Gaetan Bong and Percy Tau were all involved in African Cup of Nations games, with Nigeria, Cameroon and South Africa all taking points from their respective matches.

Balogun played 90 minutes in a convincing 3-0 win for Nigeria over the Seychelles, and the Super Eagles now sit third in Group E after their 2-0 loss to South Africa in the opening round of games.

Bong made his international return for Cameroon and played 66 minutes in their 1-1 draw against Comoros - Clarence Seedorf’s side equalised in the 80th minute to remain top of Group B.

Tau featured for 90 minutes in South Africa’s goalless draw against Libya, and the forward’s nation sit second in Group E on four points - one place ahead of Balogun’s Nigeria.

With the newly-established UEFA Nations League getting underway, Davy Propper, Shane Duffy, Beram Kayal and Tomer Hemed all featured for their countries in the opening round of matches.

Propper came off the bench at half-time to help the Netherlands to a 2-1 victory against Peru on Thursday evening at the Johan Cruyff Arena - the Dutchman’s nation were trailing 1-0 at the break in their international friendly.

The midfielder then started for Ronald Koeman’s team against France in Paris on Sunday evening, but the reigning World Cup winners sealed a 2-1 victory to top League A Group 1, with Ryan Babel scoring for Propper’s nation.



Duffy started for the Republic of Ireland at the Cardiff City Stadium on Thursday evening, but it was a disappointing night for Martin O’Neill’s side, as they lost 4-1 to Wales in League B Group 4.

Kayal was named in Israel’s starting line-up against Albania, while Hemed was introduced as a 47th-minute substitute - and the pair were involved in a narrow 1-0 defeat, as they lost their first game in League C Group 1.

Elsewhere, Anders Dreyer and Hugo Keto came up against one another as Denmark’s under-21s sealed a 2-0 victory over Finland’s under-21s on Friday.

Keto played the full 90 minutes but ended up on the losing side, while Dreyer came off the bench in the closing stages to help his nation claim all three points.

Stefan Ljubicic was also used as a late substitute for Iceland’s under-21s, as the striker’s country claimed an emphatic 5-2 victory over Estonia.


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