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International round-up - World Cup qualifiers

Posted on 17 October 2012  - 01:16

There were highs, lows and a postponement for our players on World Cup qualifying duty on Tuesday night.

Hugo Lloris led the way by saving a penalty as France scored a 93rd-minute equaliser to secure a 1-1 draw against World and European champions Spain in Madrid - ending Spain's run of 24 consecutive wins in qualifying matches.

Jan Vertonghen and Mousa Dembele started as Belgium toppled Scotland 2-0 in Brussells. Jan completed the 90 minutes, Mousa was replaced at half-time as Belgium stay top of Group A.

In the same group, Gareth Bale put in another full shift but Wales rarely threatened in a 2-0 defeat against Croatia in Osijek.

Gylfi Sigurdsson started and played 90 minutes as Iceland lost the top-of-the-table clash in Group E 2-0 against Switzerland in Reykjavik.

Jermain Defoe was named in England's starting line-up but will have to wait until Wednesday after Tuesday night's Group H encounter against Poland was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at the National Stadium, Warsaw. The teams try again at 4pm UK time.