International Round-Up

Wednesday 14 October 2015 10:30

Tim Ream’s United States were beaten 1-0 by Costa Rica in a friendly match at the Red Bull Arena on Tuesday.

On his return to his former ground, the Fulham defender drew a save from Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas on the half-hour mark when he connected with Brek Shea’s free-kick.

He was replaced by Birmingham City’s Jonathan Spector on 63 minutes, and Costa Rica hit the winner not long after through Arsenal striker Joel Campbell.

Lasse Vigen Christensen captained Denmark Under-21s to a 1-0 win over Bulgaria in their European Championship Qualifier in Aalborg.

The Fulham midfielder played the full 90 as Andrew Hjulsager struck the winner against the Group 5 leaders on 71 minutes to move Denmark onto four points from two games.

That puts them five behind the Bulgarians who remain at the summit, but they do have three fixtures in hand.

Another man wearing the armband for his country was Liam Donnelly, but his result was less favourable as Northern Ireland were beaten 2-1 at home by FYR Macedonia.

The hosts had taken a lead into half-time courtesy of a strike by Watford man Josh Doherty, but Macedonia were level a minute after the restart through Enis Bardi’s effort.

Kire Markoski then netted with five minutes remaining to earn victory for the visitors, leaving Northern Ireland sitting in fifth spot with just a point gained from three outings.

In Group 2, Sean Kavanagh featured for 85 minutes of the Republic of Ireland’s narrow 1-0 loss to Italy in Vicenza.

Perugia’s Vittorio Parigini came off the bench to snatch the winner in the 66th minute, but Ireland couldn’t find an equaliser despite the hosts playing with 10 men for the final 20 after Fiorentina forward Federico Bernardeschi was shown a second yellow card.

The result saw the Azzurri leap to the top of the standings, having moved level on points with Ireland.

Elsewhere, young Mattias Kait played 70 minutes of Estonia’s 3-0 defeat in Georgia.

The damage was done in the first half with Otar Kakabadze, Nika Katcharava and Otar Kiteishvili all on target, as Estonia remain at the bottom of Group 6.

At Under-23 level, the United States’ hopes of qualifying for next year’s Olympic Games remain intact after they defeated Canada 2-0 in the CONCACAF Men's Qualifying Championship Third Place match.

Emerson Hyndman came on just after the hour mark, and his side went on to progress as Marc Pelosi and Jerome Kiesewetter found the net.

They’ll now take on Colombia in March, with the victors securing their place in Rio next summer.