International Whites

Tuesday 11 September 2012 11:32

Fulham’s continental stars are back in action on Tuesday as the international break reaches its conclusion.

Aaron Hughes and Chris Baird will be hoping for their first points of the campaign when Northern Ireland welcome Luxembourg to Windsor Park in what must surely be seen as one of the more winnable fixtures in Group 6.

Similarly, Brede Hangeland and John Arne Riise are looking to put the disappointment of losing to Iceland behind them when Norway take on Slovenia in Oslo.

Meanwhile, Stephen Kelly is due to start at his domestic home ground when the Republic of Ireland meet Oman for the first-time ever in a friendly match at Craven Cottage.

Mark Schwarzer will win cap number 101 when Australia face off with Jordan in a World Cup Qualifier as the Socceroos look to close the gap on group leaders Japan.

In other matches already played, Mahamadou Diarra made a winning return to the Mali national side as they took a giant step towards qualification for the Africa Cup of Nations with a 3-0 win over Botswana. Mahamadou started the game, before being replaced later on by Samba Sow.

Neil Etheridge and the Philippines ended their trio of friendly matches in disappointing style with a bad-tempered 3-1 defeat to Laos.

Pajtim Kasami’s Switzerland Under-21s have qualified for the European Championship Play-Offs after winning four points from their last two matches. Pajtim played the entirety of Thursday's goalless draw with Spain, but a yellow card ruled him out of the subsequent 3-0 victory over Estonia.

There was not such good news for Josh Pritchard, though, as Wales Under-21s failed to progress to the Play-Offs. Josh was an unused substitute as the Welsh were beaten 5-0 by group winners Czech Republic.

Lauri Dalla Valle came on for Finland Under-21s against Lithuania on 62 minutes with the score at 1-1 and helped his side to a 3-1 triumph. Unfortunately, Finland still hadn’t done enough to qualify.

Elsewhere, George Williams scored for Wales Under-19s against Germany but it wasn’t enough to secure a result as they went down by 3-1.