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International round-up | Jokull's big win, Yiadom's Ghana seal victory...

How our international Royals got one over the weekend...

18 November 2019

More of our players were in international action over the weekend as the break continued to pit our stars against nations from all over the world. Here's a latest update for you...

Friday 15th November 2019
George Puscas started for Romania in a crunch encounter with automatic qualification contenders Sweden in Bucharest on Friday night, but his Euro 2020 aspirations now rest with a play-off opportunity earned via their performances in the Nations League.

Sweden cemented their spot in the top two in Group F with a 2-0 victory in Romania, Marcus Berg and Robin Quaison scoring the first half goals and Puscas and company unable to respond.

Romania face Spain this week in the final qualifier in the group stage but, sitting in third place in Group F, will now await news of the play-off draw to establish how to reach this summer's tournament the hard way. 

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Jordan Holsgrove played 85 minutes of a Scotland Under-21 clash against Greece at Tynecastle on the same evening but five minutes after his exit from the field of play, Scot Gemmil's men conceded a sucker punch penalty and fell to defeat.

The Scots drop to third in their European Under-21 Championship qualifying group after Dimitrios Nikolaou's last-minute penalty gave 10-man Greece a 1-0 victory in Edinburgh.

Holsgrove's Scotland looked to have the advantage when Panagiotis Retsos was sent off after the hour mark, but Daniel Harvie handled the ball in the box late on and Nikolaou slotted home.

Saturday 16th November 2019
Jokull Andresson
bounced back from a 3-0 defeat to tournament hosts Belgium by helping Iceland's Under-19s earn a 5-2 victory against Greece at the weekend.

The Royals stopper had a clean sheet to his name with his side 5-0 up and only 11 minutes to go, but two late consolation strikes from Greece only slightly blotted his copybook in what was a comprehensive win for his country.

Yakou Meite faces stiff competition for starting places in a talented Ivory Coast squad and was an unused substitute in a side that earned a 1-0 win over Niger on Saturday, giving the Elephants a victorious start to their African Cup of Nations qualification campaign.

A second half penalty from AC Milan's Franck Kessie helped the Ivorians earn a Group K win in Abidjan after Max Gradel had seen a first half spotkick saved by Niger goalkeeper Kassaly Daouda.

Chris Gunter, meanwhile, was an unused substitute as Wales earned a valuable win in Azerbaijan - picking up a 2-0 result in Baku that set ups a 'winner takes all' encounter with Hungary in Cardiff this week. 

Kieffer Moore headed Ryan Giggs' men into an early lead which was doubled when Harry Wilson nodded into an empty net to put the game to bed.

And, having played the full ninety minutes in a win over Russia, Royals defender Jeriel Dorsett was rested for England U18's second match out in Pinatar, Spain - Ian Foster's side playing out an exciting 4-4 draw with Norway out in Spain.

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13 November 2019

Sunday 17th November 2019
Andy Yiadom
was back in action for Ghana on Sunday, building on a 2-0 win over South Africa with a 1-0 victory against Sao Tome Principe.

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Great way to start of the campaign in front of our home fans. 🇬🇭 Cape coast it was a pleasure.💛

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Two qualification games gone and Yiadom has played every minute without conceding a goal in Ghana colours; Jordan Ayew's 50th minute penalty earned the Black Stars all three points.

Pelé, however, couldn't make it two wins from two as Guinea Bissau fell to a 3-0 defeat to the Republic of Congo.

Former Royal Joseph Mendes started up front for his country with the current Royals loanee Pele playing in a holding midfield role, but goals from Prince Ibara, Silvere Ganvoula and Junior Makiesse earned the hosts victory in the Stade Alphonse Massamba.

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