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International Round-Up: Hennessey Impresses For Wales

13 October 2014


Eagles keeper Wayne Hennessey was named man of the match as he kept Bosnia and Herzegovina at bay during Wales' 0-0 draw in Cardiff on Friday night.

The Welsh custodian produced a string of fantastic saves to keep his clean sheet in tact and earn Chris Coleman's side a potentially valuable point against one of their main rivals for an automatic qualification spot for the Euro 2016 finals.

Joe Ledley and Jonny Williams also featured, however the latter was forced off after 83 minutes with an ankle injury and is a doubt for the Welsh's game against Cyprus at the Cardiff City Stadium tonight.

Victory for the Red Dragons would see them top the group and boost their chances of making the tournament in France, which would be their first for 58 years.

The Republic of Ireland picked up a heavy 7-0 win against Gibraltar at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, with Kevin Doyle playing the final 28 minutes of the game.

LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane netted a hat-trick after just 18 minutes to become the all-time highest scorer in European Championship qualifiers with 21 goals, but Martin O'Neill's side will face a tougher test on Tuesday when they travel to Gelsenkirchen to take on world champions Germany, who suffered a shock 2-0 loss to Poland on the weekend.

In the same group Scotland scraped past Georgia with a 1-0 victory via an own goal, with Palace pair James McArthur and Barry Bannan starting the game on the bench. McArthur came on for the final 10 minutes and both will hope to get more game time when they travel to Poland to take on the  leaders tomorrow. 

Yannick Bolasie's DR Congo side's hopes of qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations in January took a turn for the worse as they were beaten 2-1 by the Ivory Coast. After Wilfried Bony had put the visitors in front, Cedric Mongongu equalised for the Leopards.

However ex-Leicester City player Max Gradel popped up with a late winner for the Ivorians, who jumped above Congo into the second qualification spot at the halfway point in the group. Bolasie will have a chance to extract some revenge when the sides play again on Wednesday in Abidjan.

Things are going much more smoothly for Algeria who collected their third win out of the their opening three games at Malawi's expense, however Adlene Guedioura played no part in the game. They could all-but seal their spot at the finals in Morocco if they beat the same side at home on Wednesday.

In friendly action, skipper Mile Jedinak played all 90 minutes of Australia's goalless draw with the UAE in Abu Dhabi. The game was played in 35 degree temperatures and high humidity which led to a stagnant affair, and with a fixture in Qatar on Tuesday things are unlikely to change for the Socceroos who are preparing for the Asian Cup finals at the start of next year.

Meanwhile Adrian Mariappa withdrew from the Jamaica squad for their trip to Japan, with the Reggae Boyz losing 1-0 in Niigata. 

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