International Round-Up

Wednesday 12 September 2018 11:00

Cyrus Christie played 55 minutes of the Republic of Ireland’s 1-1 friendly draw with Poland in Wroclaw on Tuesday evening.

The visitors took the lead not long into the second half when Millwall debutant Aiden O’Brien headed in Callum O’Dowda’s cross from the right.

Christie – who had been operating as a right wing-back – then departed the action for Matthew Doherty, and Poland ensured it was honours even three minutes from time when Mateusz Klich curled home.

In Under-21 European Championship qualifying, Marek Rodák was the unlikely hero in Slovakia’s 3-2 win in Iceland.

The hosts – who played Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson for just under an hour – looked to have nabbed a point when Albert Gudmundsson netted a 93rd penalty equaliser.

But a minute later Rodák went up for a corner and planted a header inside the far post to secure a vital three points for his side.

The result means Slovakia are second in Group 2, with two matches remaining.

Elsewhere in qualifying, Ryan Sessegnon came on as 63rd minute substitute in England’s 2-1 win over Latvia, a result which all but secured qualification for next summer’s Euros.

A goal in either half from Chelsea loanees Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount saw the Young Lions come from behind in what was a difficult test, and they now sit six points clear at the top of Group 4 with two fixtures to play.

In the same group, Timothy Fosu-Mensah’s Netherlands side suffered a disappointing 2-1 home defeat by Scotland.

Starting at centre-back, Fosu-Mensah played the full 90 minutes for Holland, who ended the game with 10 men and now sit fourth in the standings behind England, Scotland and Ukraine.

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