City striker grabs the headlines for Northern IrelandKYLE Lafferty continued his fine form for Northern Ireland by bagging his third goal in as many games to help them to an impressive 2-0 win over Greece in their 2016 European Championship qualifier on Tuesday night.
The striker, who in turn earned the Man of the Match award, also netted against the Faroe Islands on Saturday to complete a fruitful week both individually and for his country.
“I thought Kyle was the standout player. He made the difference and took his goal really well,” said manager Michael O’Neill after the final whistle.
City playmaker Wes Hoolahan was involved in a dramatic finish to the Republic of Ireland’s game against Germany in Gelsenkirchen as helped to set up John O’Shea for a stoppage time equaliser.
Hoolahan came on as a 76th-minute substitute and made a difference for Martin O’Neill’s outfit, just as he did as a starter in their 7-0 demolition of Gibraltar at the weekend in Dublin.
Elsewhere on Tuesday, Nathan Redmond featured for England’s Under-21s who secured qualification to the 2015 European Championships with a 2-1 away win over Croatia in Vincovci.
The result means they progress 4-2 on aggregate from the two-legged play-off following an initial 2-1 victory at Molineux last Friday.
Captain Russell Martin and Steven Whittaker were involved in an entertaining clash with Poland for Scotland that finished 2-2 in Warsaw, while Martin also completed 90 minutes in the 1-0 triumph over Group D triumph over Georgia at Ibrox on Saturday.
Martin Olsson and Alex Tettey both played two full games for Sweden and Norway respectively.
Olsson started at left-back for the 1-1 draw with Russia on Thursday and in their 2-0 triumph over Liechtenstein on Sunday, both qualifiers taking place in Stockholm.
Tettey marshalled Norway’s midfield in a comfortable 3-0 win over Malta on Friday before doing the same against Bulgaria in Oslo on Monday – a game they edged 2-1.
Promising frontman Jamar Loza played the first 45 minutes for Jamaica in their friendly meeting with Japan last Friday – his first senior start for his country – while Jacob Murphy was also involved with England’s Under-20s.
Aidy Boothroyd’s Young Lions won the Four Nations Tournament in the Netherlands, and Murphy played 87 minutes against the hosts on Saturday as they ran out 3-2 winners.