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Posted on 8 February 2007  - 12:00

Dimitar Berbatov scored twice as Bulgaria won the four-team Cyprus International Tournament in Nicosia on Wednesday.

Dimitar Berbatov scored twice as Bulgaria won the four-team Cyprus International Tournament in Nicosia on Wednesday.

Bulgaria beat the hosts 3-0 with Dimitar opening the scoring from the penalty spot in the 44th minute before putting the issue beyond doubt with the third goal four minutes from time. Bulgaria beat Latvia on Tuesday, while Cyprus beat Hungary. Hungary beat Latvia 2-0 in the third/fourth place play-off.

Euro 2008 qualifier

Robbie Keane played the full 90 minutes as Stephen Ireland saved the Republic of Ireland's blushes with an injury time winner against San Marino.

San Marino looked like clinching the first European Championship point in their history when Manuel Malina cancelled out Kevin Kilbane's opener just four minutes from time. But just eight seconds from the end of the stoppage time, Manchester City midfielder Ireland tapped home a simple chance from inside the six-yard box.

Captain on the night, Robbie went close twice in the first half and was inches away from guiding home Damien Duff's cross in the second half.

Other friendlies

Jermain Defoe entered the fray after 70 minutes but could do little to prevent England suffering a 1-0 home defeat against Spain at Old Trafford.

JD didn't have a chance after coming on for Shaun Wright-Phillips as Steve McClaren's men lost out to a fine strike from Barcelona's Andres Iniesta after 63 minutes. Michael Dawson and Paul Robinson remained on the bench.

Mido played just over an hour as Egypt beat Sweden 2-0 in Cairo. The match marked the 50th anniversary of the founding of the African Football Confederation (CAF).

Under-18 international

Cian Hughton, watched by his father Chris, our coach and Martin Jol's assistant, earned his first cap and played the first half of the Republic of Ireland Under-18s goalless draw against Holland in Dublin. Chris won 53 caps for the Republic and was later assistant manager. Cian was joined by Academy team-mate David Hutton, who had a chance to break the deadlock in his 66-minute shift but fired wide.