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International Update

28 March 2016


Following the details of Mile Jedinak and Chung-yong Lee's opening games of the international break, we now update you on the other Eagles who have been away representing their country over this Easter weekend. 

Wayne Hennessey and Joe Ledley started while Jonny Williams came on from the bench as it finished all square on Thursday evening in Wales against Northern Ireland.

A late penalty for the home side denied the visitors a victory as Simon Church converted from the spot after Gareth McAuley had been fouled.

This was in response to an effort from Craig Cathcart that had given Northern Ireland an advantage in the game.

Ledley felt the match had proved a useful game as the squad build up to Euro 2016.

"These friendlies are good to show what formations we can play going into the Euros, we can mix it up and I think that will give us an advantage. I thought we were fantastic against Northern Ireland, we treated it like a competitive game and not just a friendly.

"We stuck in, got a draw, and on a different day we would have won it."

Yohan Cabaye was an unused substitute as France made the journey to the Netherlands and the home side came back from 2-0 down at half-time to level, only for the French to get a late winner.

The friendly on Friday evening was stopped after 14 minutes for a minute's applause to remember Dutch legend Johan Cruyff, who had passed away on Thursday. A minute's silence had been planned but the remembrance turned into a standing ovation at the Amsterdam Arena. Blaise Matuidi scored the late winner for the France side on an emotional night.

Also on Friday Adrian Mariappa took his place in the Jamaica side that drew 1-1 against Costa Rica, the leaders of Group B in the CONCACAF 2018 World Cup qualifying group. 

Johnny Acosta's 68th-minute equaliser put the scores back on level terms after Jevaughn Watson had given Jamaica a 16th minute lead but in the end they had to settle for a point against the group leaders.

Onto Saturday and Yannick Bolasie was with his international squad hoping to get DR Congo's campaign back on track against group leaders Angola. A 2-1 victory in Kinshasha, courtesy of goals from Villarreal striker Cedric Bakambu and Elia Meschak saw him do just that as his side went top of the group.

Pape Souare travelled out of the country for two games this week, the first seeing Senegal extending their lead in Group K of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Goals from Mohamed Diame and Baye Oumar Niasse sealing a 2-0 victory over Niger in Dakar on Saturday.

This third consecutive win sees them move six points clear at the top of the table halfway through the qualifying campaign with the chance to seal their place for Gabon 2017 when they play again on Tuesday.

Chung-yong Lee wasn’t involved as South Korea played their second game of the week and beat Thailand 1-0, a match that saw his side set a new record for keeping clean sheets.
Suk Hyun-jun got the winning goal but the plaudits went to the defence as they kept an eighth clean sheet in succession beating a previous record held in the late eighties.

The remaining games for our lads this week are as follows:-


Monday 28th March

Ukraine v Wales (Ledley, Hennessey, Williams)
Friendly, Kiev – 7pm

Tuesday 29th March
Australia (Jedinak) v Jordan
2018 World Cup qualifier, Sydney - 10am   

Niger v Senegal (Souare)
2017 AFCON qualifier, Niamey – 3pm

Angola v DR Congo (Bolasie)
2017 AFCON qualifier, Luanda – 5pm

France (Cabaye) v Russia
Friendly, Paris – 8pm

Wednesday 30th March
Costa Rica v Jamaica (Mariappa)
2018 World Cup qualifier, San Jose – 3am




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