International Round-Up

Saturday 26 March 2016 19:33

Emerson Hyndman played the full 90 minutes as the US Under-23s earned a hard-fought 1-1 draw away to Colombia in a 2016 Olympic Qualifying Play-Off First Leg on Friday.

In scorching heat and humidity, Luis Gill put the visitors in front in the fifth minute when he finished off a sweeping move. But Colombia levelled in the 68th minute when Juan Fernando Quintero converted from the penalty spot after Kellyn Acosta had fouled Rafael Santos Borre in the box. The Second Leg takes place on Tuesday.

Elsewhere, Nikolay Bodurov gave away a penalty – which Cristiano Ronaldo missed – as Bulgaria won 1-0 in a friendly in Portgual.

Marcelinho marked his debut by giving the visitors the lead in the first half in Leiria, poking home from close range.

Portugal dominated from then on but Ronaldo saw his second-half penalty saved after Bodurov, on loan from Fulham at FC Midtjylland, was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area.

Jordan Evans, on loan at Oxford United, was a 53rd-minute substitute as Wales Under-21s drew 0-0 in Bulgaria. The result saw Wales fall to second place in their U21 Euro 2017 qualifying group.

On Saturday, Jesse Joronen was an unused substitute as Finland were thumped 5-0 away to Poland in a friendly match in Wroclaw.