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INTERNATIONAL ROUND-UP

27 March 2013

Whittaker plays 90 for Scots v Serbia

CITY'S Steven Whittaker was the only player to feature for their countries as he played the full-90 minutes in the Scots 2-0 defeat to Serbia in Novi Sad on Tuesday night.

Midfielder Wes Hoolahan was an unused substitute for Ireland as they suffered late heartbreak in Dublin as a last gasp equaliser from Austria snatched a 2-2 draw and denied the Irish all three points.

There was plenty of action for City's internationals on the weekend however. Kei Kamara played 90 minutes for Sierra Leone in their World Cup qualifier against Tunisia on Saturday… but their hopes of making a push for a spot in Rio de Janeiro for next year’s tournament were dented after they fell to a 2-1 defeat.

The 28-year-old earned his 15th cap but goals from Oussama Darragi and Whabi Khazri were enough for the hosts in Tunis, with Kamara’s namesake Alhassan grabbing the ‘Leone Stars’’ consolation.

The result means they are now five points behind their opponents in second in Group B, with Equatorial Guinea chasing them down and Cape Verde rooted to the bottom after three defeats.

Sebastien Bassong was an unused substitute for Cameroon as they rose to the top of Group I with a 2-1 win against bottom team Togo thanks to a brace from Samuel Eto’o.

In Europe, Robert Snodgrass made the headlines after he was sent-off in Scotland’s 2-1 home reverse to Wales at Hampden Park on Friday night.

The winger put in an impressive performance before fouling Chris Gunter in the area, earning a second yellow card and gifting Wales a penalty which Aaron Ramsey duly converted.

Hal Robson-Kanu then notched a late winner to consign the Scots to defeat in Gordon Strachan’s first competitive international in charge. Russell Martin and Steven Whittaker were unused substitutes for the Group A match.

Wes Hoolahan came off the bench for Republic of Ireland as they earned a credible point against Sweden with a 0-0 draw in Stockholm.

The midfielder replaced Robbie Keane in the 76th minute but couldn’t help break the deadlock as Giovanni Trapattoni’s men dropped to fourth in Group C.

Simeon Jackson also made a substitute appearance for Canada in their friendly match against Japan in Doha, coming on in the 84th minute as they fell to a 2-1 defeat. He will hope to feature in today’s chmat against Belarus (3pm).

Meanwhile, Snodgrass will return to the Club as he serves his one-match international suspension, and Martin will also miss out on the clash against Serbia.

Hoolahan could feature for Republic of Ireland, though, as they welcome Austria to Dublin on Tuesday night.

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