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Ezatolahi assists for Iran, Böðvarsson starts for Iceland

Busy night of internationals for Royals

12 September 2018

Several Royals were in action for their countries on Tuesday night, with a mixed bag of results to round off the international break.

Saeid Ezatolahi, signed on loan from Rostov near the end of the loan window, earned his 28th cap for Iran and provided the assist for the winner as they overcame Uzbekistan with a 1-0 win.

Ezatolahi, 21, will soon come to England and meet his new team-mates, as he prepares to start life as a Royal!

Elsewhere, David Meyler came off the bench for the Republic of Ireland as they earned a 1-1 draw against Poland away from home. 

Debutant Aiden O'Brien had put the Irish ahead on the night, but a late equaliser from Leeds striker Mateusz Klich stopped Meyler and his team-mates from coming home with a victory.

Jón Daði Böðvarsson was in the starting line-up for Iceland on Tuesday, who had a 13-match home unbeaten run ended at the hands of World Cup semi-finalists Belgium.

Romelu Lukaku netted a brace and Eden Hazard was on the scoresheet as the Belgians earned a 3-0 win against Böðvarsson and his Iceland team-mates.

Goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola was among the substitutes as Finland earned a clean sheet and a 1-0 win against Estonia on Tuesday night.

Several of our Academy talents were also involved for their nations on Tuesday, with striker Andrija Novakovich, currently on loan in Holland with Fortuna Sittard, among the substitutes for the USA's 1-0 win over Mexico in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Axel Andrésson started his second match of the international break with Iceland's U21 side, but their hopes of qualifying for the European U21 championships were dealt a blow as they lost 3-2 against their Slovakia counterparts on Tuesday.

Andrésson, currently playing in the Norwegian second tier with Viking Stravanger, started but could not stop an unfortunate loss from his side, despite coming off the back of an impressive 5-2 win against Estonia's U21s last week.

Fellow centre-back Tom McIntyre came off the bench to make his debut at U21 level for Scotland, as his side impressively beat the Netherlands 2-1 courtesy of an 88th minute winner from Fraser Hornsby.

Attention will now turn back to league matters for the Royals, who travel up to face Preston North End on Saturday afternoon.

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