International Round-Up

Monday 13 November 2017 11:47

There was World Cup heartbreak for two Fulham players this weekend as Ollie Norwood and Neeskens Kebano both came agonisingly close to securing a place at Russia 2018.

Northern Ireland lost 1-0 to Switzerland on aggregate after battling out a 0-0 draw in Basel on Sunday night.

Norwood played 75 minutes in the middle of the park for Michael O’Neill’s men before being replaced by Charlton striker Josh Magennis. 

West Bromwich Albion’s Jonny Evans came close to taking the game to extra time but his header was hacked off the line by Ricardo Rodriguez.

The Democratic Republic of Congo needed a win over Guinea and for Tunisia to go down to Libya to top the group however it was a tough ask to hope for the previously undefeated Tunisia to lose their final game. 

In fact, they were pushed all the way by a Libya side who had only amassed three points in the whole of qualifying but in the end they battled to a 0-0 draw.                       

DR Congo did all they could though, running out impressive winners over Guinea with a 3-1 victory including a stoppage time goal for Kebano on Saturday.

The Fulham winger started the game and completed the match. The home side went into the break at 0-0 but an Ousmane Sidibe own goal gave them a 1-0 lead in the 61st minute. 

Guinea fired back though ten minutes later thanks to a Keita Karamokoba finish but a late fight-back from Kebano and his teammates saw them snatch a dramatic win.

Firstly, Jonathan Bolingi netted a penalty from a Issiaga Sylla handball in the 92nd minute before Kebano himself rounded off proceedings with a right footed shot into the bottom left corner of the goal in the 93rd minute.

On Sunday Estonia travelled to Malta and comfortably beat their hosts 3-0 in a friendly with Mattais Kait coming off the bench in the 55th minute to assist their final goal.

Malta were 1-0 down after 54 seconds thanks to a Rauno Sappinen strike and their lead was doubled in the 14th  minute with a Sergi Mosnikov own goal.

Kait produced a cross in the 90th minute for Henri Anier who slotted the ball home to seal the victory.

Tomas Kalas played 90 minutes on Saturday in the Czech Republic’s 1-0 win away in Qatar, Antonin Barak’s 15th minute goal was enough to seal a win in the friendly.

In another friendly on Sunday Floyd Ayité featured as Togo beat Mauritius 6-0 with Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba scoring four goals and Mathieu Dossevi and Emmanuel Adebayor also chipping in for the hosts.

Ayité completed 70 minutes and came off for Franco Atchou with the score at 4-0.  

At Under 19 level Ryan Sessegnon and Alti Andrason came up against each other on Saturday as England won 2-1 in a European Championship qualifier against Iceland.

Mason Mount put England ahead on 70 minutes before Andrason’s replacement Daniel Hafsteinsson levelled the scores in the 82nd minute but Eddie Nketiah replied instantly and the winning goal came one minute later.

Sessegnon completed 90 minutes while Andrason played the best part of 71 minutes for Iceland.

Also on Saturday, Mikolaj Kwietniewski started and played 78 minutes as an attacking midfielder in Poland Under 19’s 2-0 defeat to Norway in a friendly. 

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