International Watch: Tavares scores, assists twice

Nuno Tavares
Nuno Tavares

Nuno Tavares starred in Portugal Under-21s’ comprehensive 11-0 win over Liechtenstein in Caldas de Vizela.

Our full-back opened the scoring after just four minutes, having been set up by Fabio Silva. Tavares returned the favour for the Wolves forward just before the break, created Silva’s second - and Portugal’s ninth.

Tavares was involved in the hosts’ final goal, too, assisting second-half substitute Francisco Conceicao to complete the scoring with a quarter of an hour to play.

Elsewhere, Emile Smith Rowe completed 90 minutes, with Tyreece John-Jules and Folarin Balogun both featuring as second-half substitutes in England Under-21s’ 2-2 European Championship qualifying draw in Slovenia.

Early goals from Conor Gallagher and Cole Palmer looked to have set Lee Carsley’s side on their way to a comfortable victory, but the hosts rallied after the break and claimed a point thanks to goals from Mark Spanring and Dusan Stojinovic. 

Takehiro Tomiyasu played the entirety of Japan’s 1-0 World Cup qualifying defeat against Saudi Arabia in Jeddah. 

Firas Al-Buraikan scored the only goal of the game after 71 minutes. The loss was Japan’s second in three Group B matches, and leaves them six points behind table-toppers Australia and Thursday’s opponents, albeit with seven matches still to play.

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