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International Round Up: Wales Edge Closer

7 September 2015

Former Palace defender Chris Coleman's Wales side edged ever closer to an historic spot at Euro 2016, after they were held to a draw against Israel in Cardiff on Sunday evening.

Clearly, the visitors had come for a point - and that's what they left with - whilst the Welsh were after all three, with a win enough to secure their place at next summer's tournament. Eagles star Wayne Hennessey played the entire game in goal for Coleman's side, though was only called into action once, as he kept another clean sheet for The Dragons.

Midfielder Joe Ledley was unfortunately ruled out of the tie through injury, which was sustained in the win away to Cyprus earlier in the international break. The four points taken from two games last week mean that Wales only need to take one from either Bosnia (away) or Andorra (home) next month to book their place in France 2016.

At the start of the weekend, Scotland fell to a shock 1-0 defeat away to Georgia, dampening their chances of qualification, with midfielder James McArthur watching on from the bench as an unused substitute.

There was success for Pape Souare and Senegal in Windhoek, as they maintained their place at the top of their Africa Cup of Nations qualification group, beating Namibia 2-0. Both goals were hit by Premier League stars: Cheikhou Kouyate of West Ham United and Southampton forward Sadio Mane.

Yohan Cabaye started for France in a friendly against Portugal, but only played 45 minutes before being replaced as a precaution, with the midfielder picking up a slight knock. Les Bleus won the game 1-0 thanks to a late goal by substitute Mathieu Valbuena.

There was a shock defeat for Adrian Mariappa and Jamaica in their World Cup qualifier against Nicaragua, with the Reggae Boyz trailing the Central Americans 3-0 at one point in the game on Saturday. The Eagles' defender scored Jamaica's second as they fought back, but the tie ended 3-2.

Back in Africa Cup of Nations qualification, Yannick Bolasie's Democratic Republic of Congo fell to a 2-0 defeat away to the Central African Republic and Bakary Sako's Mali ground out a 1-1 draw away to Benin.

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