Internationals – big wins in World Cup qualifiers
Sat 09 October 2021, 23:09|Tottenham Hotspur
There were away victories for Republic of Ireland, England and Denmark as our players enjoyed a successful Saturday in World Cup qualifying.
Matt Doherty played 90 minutes and Troy Parrott came on in stoppage time as Ireland ended a run of 12 competitive games without a win by beating Azerbaijan 3-0 away from home in Group A.
Harry Kane watched on as an unused substitute, meanwhile, as a much-changed England side solidified their position at the top of Group I with a comfortable 5-0 victory in Andorra.
And Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg also enjoyed a high-scoring triumph on the road as his Denmark side thrashed Moldova 4-0 to leave them one win away from securing qualification as winners of Group F. Pierre started the game and was substituted mid-way through the second half.
Saturday evening saw Pape Matar Sarr – who has remained on loan at Metz after signing for us in the summer – line up on the bench for Senegal as they recorded a 4-1 home win over Namibia in the African section of World Cup qualifying.
On Friday, defender Joe Rodon played the full game as Wales drew 2-2 away to Czech Republic in European Group E. Wales remain third, trailing their hosts on goal difference, although they do have a game in hand. Young defender Maksim Paskotsi started and completed 87 minutes for Estonia as they picked up their first win in the same group, beating Belarus 2-0 at home.
Saturday’s youth international action
Nile John contributed to England Under-19s’ second goal as they overturned a 1-0 half-time deficit to beat Mexico 3-1 in Spain on Saturday afternoon. The midfielder surged into the box and saw his shot hit the post, before the rebound was turned in by a defender for an own goal. Both Nile and Alfie Devine completed the full game for the Young Lions, with Dane Scarlett introduced as a substitute on the hour mark. Thimothee Lo-Tutala’s France Under-19s lost 1-0 to Belgium in the same tournament.
Meanwhile, fellow goalkeeper Isak Solberg enjoyed a second clean sheet in as many games as he helped Norway Under-19s register a comfortable 5-0 home win over Wales in qualifying for the European Under-19 Championship.
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