International Whites

Monday 9 October 2017 11:12

Stefan Johansen came up against Fulham team-mate Oliver Norwood on Sunday evening as Norway beat Northern Ireland 1-0 in the final round of World Cup Qualifiers in Oslo.

The match eventually came down to an own goal from Chris Brunt, handing the Norwegians all three points on their home turf.

Norwood celebrated his 50th international cap already in the knowledge that Northern Ireland had secured a Play-Off spot after Scotland drew to Slovenia prior to kick off, although victory would potentially have given them an easier route to Russia as a seeded team.

Norwood played the the opening 45 minutes before making way for George Saville.

Johansen was involved in the opening 88 minutes of the match, and was substituted for Martin Linnes in the dying minutes. 

The Norwegian captain made a telling contribution to the match, with the goal coming from his cross into the box as Brunt steered the ball into his own net.

Tomas Kalas, who was also in Group C with Norwood and Johansen, played 90 minutes for the Czech Republic against minnows San Marino. 

The Czechs ran out 5-0 winners against San Marino, who finished their World Cup Qualification campaign without a point. Czech Republic finished third in their group, behind Germany and Ireland.

Mattias Kait continued his fine international form with a goal against Gibraltar on Saturday afternoon, as they thrashed the British team 6-0.

Kait played 90 minutes for his national team as Estonia won both their matches over the the international break. With 11 points they finished in fourth spot in Group H.

Tim Ream was an unused substitute on Friday evening as the USA demolished Panama 4-0 in a crucial World Cup Qualifier. Their final deciding match is on Tuesday evening in Trinidad and Tobago, and a win would book their place on the plane to Russia this summer.

In Africa, Neeskins Kebano helped keep the Democratic Republic of Congo’s World Cup hopes alive as he played 72 minutes as they beat Libya 2-1 away from home.

Only the top of the group goes through, and DR Congo currently sit in second place, three points behind Tunisia and two behind on goal difference.

Up next for Kebano is Guinea, three points is a must, and Tunisia need a loss to bottom of the group Libya for DR Congo to progress.

At Under-21 level, Aron Davies was an unused substitute for Wales in their 3-1 away win over Liechtenstein.

Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson played 90 minutes for Iceland at the same level in their 2-0 win in Slovakia and next travel to Albania on Thursday.

At Under-20 level Tayo Edun played 75 minutes in England’s 5-1 demolishion of Italy in Gorgonzola, eventually being replaced by Arsenal’s Josh Dasilva.

Steven Sessegnon is currently in India for the Under-17 World Cup and was an unused substitute in their opening match against Chile, where the Young Lions made a statement with a 4-0 win over the South Americans.

England next face Mexico in their group on Wednesday, you can watch the match on Eurosport 2 at 12.30pm BST.

On Saturday, Mikolaj Kwietniewski played 90 minutes for Poland’s Under-19s as they won 3-0 over Belarus, they face a real test of Tuesday when they come up against Germany. 

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