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DAILY INTERNATIONAL ROUND-UP: THURSDAY

8 October 2015

Mixed emotions for City's internationals

NORWICH City's Robbie Brady and Wes Hoolahan starred in a famous 1-0 win for Republic of Ireland over world champions Germany on Thursday - with Hoolahan later named 'Man of the Match'.
 
Shane Long's solitary strike in Dublin leaves Martin O'Neill's team within one win of qualifying for Euro 2016, while having already secured a play-off place in Group D.

Victory over Poland in their final match on Sunday would take Ireland to the Finals automatically, and may even see them top the group depending on the outcome of Germany's game against Georgia.

Such a scenario was created by events in Glasgow, where a last-gasp Poland leveller ended Scotland's hopes of reaching the tournament to be held in France next year courtesy of a 2-2 draw.

Russell Martin and Steven Whittaker both played 90 minutes for Gordan Strachan's side, who had seemed set to keep their qualification hopes alive until Robert Lewandowski's scrambled goal in the final seconds of injury-time.

Fellow City player Graham Dorrans was a late substitute for the hosts.  

Elsewhere, Northern Ireland secured a historic qualification from Group F despite the absence of talismanic striker Kyle Lafferty.

Michael O'Neill's side cruised to comfortable 3-1 victory over Greece in Belfast to reach the 2016 tournament with a game to spare.

Lafferty has played a key role in their qualification, netting seven times during a memorable campaign.

Finally, Dieumerci Mbokani found the net for DR Congo in their 2-0 friendly win over Nigeria.

The striker opened the scoring in Belgium before being replaced in the 82nd minute.

For a full list of international fixtures involving Norwich City players over the next week, click HERE.



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