International Round-Up

Monday 14 October 2019 12:00

Stefan Johansen’s Norway became the first side to take points off Spain in the current European Qualifiers on Saturday.

Spain had enjoyed a 100 per cent record in their six Group F matches to date, but a stoppage time penalty from AFC Bournemouth’s Josh King meant the match finished 1-1 in Oslo.

The fixture saw Sergio Ramos win a record breaking 168th cap for his country, who took the lead through Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez.

Johansen captained Norway, but was replaced on 63 minutes by striker Alexander Sørloth as the hosts chased an equaliser.

A day earlier, Tim Ream played the full 90 as the United States kicked off their CONCACAF Nations League campaign in style against Cuba.

They secured a huge 7-0 victory in Washington, with Schalke midfielder Weston McKennie bagging a hat-trick inside the opening 13 minutes.

His first came after just 32 seconds, making it the second fastest goal in USMNT history, three seconds later than Clint Dempsey’s goal against Ghana at the 2014 World Cup.

On Thursday, Aleksandar Mitrović headed a last minute winner for Serbia in their friendly win over Paraguay.

The Fulham man – wearing the captain’s armband – glanced home a cross from the left for the only goal of the game, taking himself to sixth in Serbia’s all-time scorers list.

Speaking about moving into the top six, Mitrović said: “I don’t think about that. As long as we are in good health, Serbia’s wins are more important than my goals.

Elsewhere, Neeskens Kebano started Congo’s 1-1 draw with Algeria in Bilda.

Islam Slimani put the home side in front early on, but Congo restored parity with Cedric Bakambu’s header.

Kebano played 73 minutes before being replaced by Jackson Muleka.

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