International Round-Up

Thursday 15 November 2012 09:30

Fulham’s international players had mixed fortunes in their various contests on Tuesday evening.

Northern Ireland suffered a huge blow to their World Cup aspirations as they could only draw 1-1 at home to Azerbaijan. Chris Baird and Aaron Hughes both played 90 minutes but the pair were unable to help their side to the three points they desperately craved.

Things could have been worse for the Northern Irish had it not been for former Fulham striker David Healy’s equalising goal at the death. They now sit nine points behind Group F leaders Russia, with six games remaining.

In the Asian qualifying section, Ashkan Dejagah’s Iran were defeated by a solitary goal at home to Uzbekistan. Ashkan played the entire match as Uzbekistan leapfrogged his side to top Group A, with Iran in third place.

Alexander Kačaniklić put in an impressive performance in Sweden’s 4-2 victory over England in Stockholm. The Three Lions were leading with quarter of an hour remaining before Zlatan Ibrahimovic took over, scoring three goals to add to his opening strike in the first half – the fourth of which is already infamous.

Kačaniklić played 90 minutes on Sweden’s left flank and put in an assured display, with his trickery and crossing causing England all manner of problems.

Kerim Frei made his debut for Turkey when he entered the action as a 65th-minute substitute. They were held to a 1-1 draw by Denmark in Istanbul.

Brede Hangeland was in the Norway side that secured an impressive 2-0 defeat of Hungary on their own patch in Budapest.

Australia secured a morale boosting 2-1 win over the Korea Republic in a match that saw Mark Schwarzer play 90 minutes.

The Young Socceroos didn’t fare as well, though, as they crashed out to Iraq at the Semi-Final stage of the AFC U19 Championship. Corey Gameiro missed a penalty with the score goalless, before Iraq hit two second-half strikes to knock the Socceroos out. Gameiro played the full match and Ryan Williams started before being withdrawn on 67 minutes.

Finally, Omri Altman came on a substitute for Israel U21s and scored their second goal as they defeated Belarus 2-0.