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INTERNATIONAL ROUND-UP

Posted on 27 March 2008  - 12:00

Dimitar Berbatov will enjoy the bragging rights over Teemu Tainio after Wednesday night's internationals.

Dimitar Berbatov will enjoy the bragging rights over Teemu Tainio after Wednesday night's internationals.

The team-mates were up against each other in a friendly in Sofia and Finland took the lead before goals from Zdravko Lazarov and Stanislav Genchev in the last minute saw Bulgaria home 2-1.

It was the same situation at Under-21 level as Tomas Pekhart scored against Younes Kaboul but France ran out 4-1 winners against the Czech Republic in Rouen. Younes played 75 minutes, Tomas the full 90.

Alan Hutton played the full 90 minutes as Scotland drew 1-1 against Croatia at Hampden Park while neither Jonathan Woodgate or Paul Robinson featured in England's 1-0 loss in France.

Didier Zokora's Ivory Coast lost out 2-0 against Tunisia in a friendly held in Evry, France.

WEDNESDAY'S QUALIFIERS

Young-Pyo Lee played a full shift as South Korea and North Korea fought out a goalless draw in a World Cup qualifying match in Shanghai, China. The rivals remain unbeaten in Group Three of Asian qualifying.

Meanwhile, Chris Gunter played 90 minutes and helped Wales Under-21s stay at the top of Group 10 in the European U21 Championship qualifiers with a 2-1 win against Bosnia-Herzegovina in Sarajevo. They left it late though - the goals came in the 86th and 88th minutes.

TUESDAY ROUND-UP

Jamie O'Hara earned his first cap for England Under-21s in a 0-0 draw against Poland at Wolves.

Goalkeeper David Button played the first half for England Under-19s against Russia and midfielder Dean put in a full shift for the Under-17s in the first match of their European U17 Championship Elite qualifying stage in Israel.

David kept a clean sheet in the first half as the Under-19s ran out eventual 3-1 winners in a friendly against Russia at MK Dons.

Dean had a couple of chances as England agonisingly conceded a late equaliser to France in a 1-1 draw in Tel Aviv. England next play Russia on Thursday before completing the Elite group against Israel on Sunday. The group winners only progress to the finals in Turkey in May.

Meanwhile, neither Cian Hughton or David Hutton featured in the first of the Republic of Ireland Under-19s' double-header against France. The visitors won 3-0 at Waterford last night, the second game follows in Cork on Thursday night.