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Internationals - despair for Aurier, still hope for Eriksen

Posted on 11 November 2017  - 21:43

Serge Aurier’s World Cup dreams are over, but Christian Eriksen is still in with a fighting chance of reaching next summer’s tournament finals in Russia after a tense Saturday evening of action.

Serge Aurier in action for Ivory Coast against MoroccoSerge competes for the ball against MoroccoChristian Eriksen looks for a way through against Republic of Ireland

In the late-afternoon kick-off, Serge was part of the Ivory Coast side that lost 2-0 at home to Morocco in their final group stage match in the African qualifying section.

Victory would have taken Ivory Coast through as winners of their group, but Morocco were able to hold onto top spot and punch their ticket to the finals at the expense of their hosts.

Serge, who went close to reducing the arrears in the second half, only to fire over the bar, completed the full 90 minutes.

Midfielder Christian, meanwhile, lined up for Denmark as they drew 0-0 with Republic of Ireland in the first leg of their qualifying play-off in Copenhagen. It means it’s winner-takes-all between the two nations when they reconvene for the second leg in Dublin on Tuesday night, although the Danes can take heart from the fact that they’ve prevented their opponents from grabbing a potentially-decisive away goal.

Elsewhere on Saturday, young centre-back Japhet Tanganga once again put in a full shift for England Under-19s as they beat Iceland 2-1 in Bulgaria to maintain their 100 per cent start to European Under-19 Championship qualifying.

With two wins from their first two games, England are already through to March’s Elite Round qualifiers and will now battle it out with Bulgaria on Tuesday for top spot in their group.

Here are the remaining fixtures involving our players during this international period…

Tuesday 14 November
Heung-Min Son – South Korea home friendly against Serbia – kick-off 11am
Davinson Sanchez – Colombia away friendly against China – kick-off 11.35am
Christian Eriksen – Denmark away 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off (second leg) against Republic of Ireland – kick-off 7.45pm
Eric Dier, Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier – England home friendly against Brazil – kick-off 8pm
Mousa Dembele and Jan Vertonghen – Belgium home friendly against Japan – kick-off 7.45pm
Ben Davies – Wales home friendly against Panama – kick-off 7.45pm
Moussa Sissoko – France away friendly against Germany – kick-off 7.45pm
Cameron Carter-Vickers – USA away friendly against Portugal – kick-off 8.45pm
Marcus Edwards – England Under-20s away friendly against Germany – kick-off 6pm
Japhet Tanganga – England Under-19s European Under-19 Championship qualifier against Bulgaria in Bulgaria – kick-off 12.30pm