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🌎 Pușcaș nets for Romania in Malta win

Royals striker on the board for his country over the weekend

9 September 2019

There was Royal involvement around Europe over the course of the weekend, spearheaded by George Pușcaș' winner for Romania as they earned a 1-0 win over Malta in Euro 2020 qualifying.

The Reading frontman scored the only goal of the game just after half-time, after a corner from Ianis Hagi (Son of Romanian footballing legend Gheorghes Hagi) met Pușcaș in the middle of the box, rising highest to place a powerful header into the top corner in Ploiești.

Earning all three points proved to be vital for Romania, too, as they remain just one point behind Sweden in 3rd place in Group F with four matches remaining - as the top two in the group qualify automatically for Euro 2020.

Also in action for his country was young striker, Danny Loader. The 19-year-old came off the bench for England U20s at the weekend, as they got off the mark with a point against their Netherlands counterparts.

Loader was introduced midway through the second half to try and break the deadlock for the Young Lions, but a goalless draw was played out against the Dutch at New Meadow, the home of Shrewsbury Town.

Elsewhere, having just started on his loan spell in Spain with CD Atlético Baleares, young midfielder Jordan Holsgrove was back on familiar soil as he played an instrumental role in Scotland U21s' 2-0 win over San Marino in Euro 2021 qualifying. 

An own goal from Alessandro Tosi after 20 minutes put the Scots ahead, after Holsgrove's low ball across goal was turned in by the San Marino defender. A close-range rebound from Glenn Middleton doubled the advantage shortly afterwards, and three points went Scotland's way.

There is still plenty of action to take place over the coming 48 hours, in which Reading players could play a part for their country.

Omar Richards, an unused substitute for England U21 on Friday night, will be hoping to make his Three Lions debut on Monday night as the Young Lions get set to take on Kosovo at Hull City's KCOM Stadium. Loader will be pushing for a start for England U20 on Monday evening too, with Keith Downing's side facing Switzerland.

After winning 1-0 against Sao Tome in the first round of World Cup qualifying for the 2022 tournament, Pelé and Guinea-Bissau take an aggregate lead into their second leg against Sao Tome, which takes place on Tuesday 10th September.

Chris Gunter was among the substitutes for Wales on Friday night as they earned a late 2-1 win against Azerbaijan, and could come into proceedings as they take on Belarus in an international friendly on Monday evening.

João Virgínia and Holsgrove will hope to start for Portugal and Scotland U21s respectively in their matches on Tuesday, while Academy youngsters, Coniah Boyce-Clarke and Imari Samuels are aiming to gain minutes for England U17s against Poland in the Syrenka Cup.

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