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28 March 2017

Three Saddlers on international duty...


Goalkeeper Neil Etheridge played the full 90 minutes as the Philippines opened their 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying campaign with a 4-1 victory over ten-man Nepal. 

Azkals captain Phil Younghusband atoned for an early penalty miss with the opening goal - from a spot-kick - on 21 minutes. 

The same man added a second two minutes later before an Iain Ramsay volley made it 3-0. 

Bishal Rai pulled one back for Nepal – who played 78 minutes with ten men following Bikram Lama’s dismissal - only for Javier Patino to slot home a fourth midway through the second half. 


Forward Andreas Makris came on as an 89th-minute substitute in Cyprus’ goalless home draw with Estonia in World Cup qualifying. 

Cyprus created the clearer opportunities, with Nestor Mytides having a goal disallowed for offside and Demetris Christofi rattling the bar. 

The result leaves Christakis Christoforou’s men in fourth place with four points from five Group H qualifiers. 


Midfielder Liam Kinsella was an unused substitute as the Republic of Ireland U21s beat Kosovo 1-0 in their opening UEFA U21 Championship qualifier. 

Olamide Shodipo’s close-range finish early in the second half earned Ireland all three points in a tight encounter.

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