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Internationals: Tierney books Euro 2020 place

Seven of our players saw their nations in international action on Thursday night.

Here's how they got on:

Kieran Tierney helped Scotland book their place at Euro 2020, playing the entirety of their crucial play-off with Serbia as they won on penalties following a 1-1 draw.

Ryan Christie put Scotland ahead after 52 minutes with a strike that went in off the post, before Luka Jovic’s header in the 90th minute forced extra-time. There were no further goals in the additional 30 minutes, meaning Aleksandr Mitrovic’s penalty miss handed Scotland a 5-4 victory.

Alex Runarsson’s Iceland were defeated 2-1 by Hungary in their own Euro 2020 playoff, but Alex was an unused substitute. Gylfi Sigurdsson gave Iceland an early lead, striking after just 11 minutes, only for the visitors to suffer late heartbreak. Loic Nego drew the scores level with just two minutes remaining, before Dominik Szoboszlai clinched the victory in added time.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored the winning goal for Gabon in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying, as they overcame Gambia 2-1. Denis Bouanga broke the deadlock inside the opening 10 minutes, before Auba doubled the lead shortly after the half-time break. Bubacarr Joe pulled one back for Gambia, but that was the end of the scoring. Aubameyang has now scored 26 times for Gabon and is his country’s all-time leading goalscorer.

Nicolas Pepe was also in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying action, playing for 79 minutes as Ivory Coast won 2-1 at home to Madagascar. After a goalless first half, former Gunner Gervinho opened the scoring, with Sebastian Haller adding a second seven minutes later.

Bukayo Saka was named man of the match, playing the full 90 minutes as England won 3-0 against Ireland in an international friendly at Wembley Stadium. The game’s first goal came when Harry Maguire connected with a cross from Harry Winks to beat Darren Randolph in the Ireland goal, with Jason Sancho combining with Jack Grealish before adding the second ahead of the interval.

Just 11 minutes into the second half, Bukayo won a penalty after beating Cyrus Christie and being brought down inside the box. Dominic Calvert-Lewin stepped up to confidently send Randolph the wrong way from the spot. Ainsley Maitland-Niles came on in the 61st minute, collecting his fourth cap at senior level.

Sead Kolasinac was not involved as Bosnia-Herzegovina lost 2-0 at home to Iran. Both goals came in the second half, with Kaveh Rezaei and Mehdi Ghaedi on the scoresheet.

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