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International break review: Mair keeps two clean sheets in Scotland victories

16 October 2019

Norwich City Under-23s ‘keeper Archie Mair kept two clean sheets from three games in Scotland’s UEFA Euro U19s Championship Qualifiers this week.

Mair played the full 90 minutes in all three games as Scotland comfortably won two and drew one of their three games against Belarus, Andorra and Germany.

The draw came from Belarus, who scored two goals to pull back a point against the Scots. Read about that game in more detail here.

Bouncing back from losing a two-goal lead to Belarus, Scotland went on to beat Andorra 2-0, with goals coming from Jack Burroughs and Jamie Hamilton. Rounding off their international break and looking to finish in just as impressive fashion, the Scottish side then went on to beat Germany 1-0, with Josh McPake scoring the only goal of the game. Scotland finished with seven points to finish top of Group 3 and make it through to the Elite Round of qualifying.

Meanwhile, Isak Thorvaldsson was called up to the Iceland U19s squad as they played Sweden and Finland in international friendlies. 

Keeping with the Republic of Ireland, Simon Power was on the bench as a ready substitute in games against Italy and Iceland in the Euro U21 Championship qualifying. Republic of Ireland drew 0-0 with Italy and, as previously mentioned, lost to Iceland 1-0. They currently sit top of Group 1 in the qualifiers, one point ahead of Iceland.

Meanwhile, with younger Irish generation, Andrew Omobamidele (pictured) started in both games of Republic of Ireland’s double-header against Denmark, losing both games 1-0 and 2-0 respectively.

Turning attention to Daniel Barden, the ‘keeper earned himself a call-up to Wales, who played an U19s double-header against Austria. Wales lost the first game 3-1 but came back strong, keeping a clean sheet and winning 2-0 in the second fixture.

Heading to Europe once more, centre-back Rocky Bushiri, currently on loan to Blackpool, was on the bench in Belgium’s 4-1 victory over Moldova. Belgium currently sit second in their group in UEFA Euro U21 Championship qualifiying phase, level with Bosnia and Herzegovina and two points behind group leaders Germany.

Closer to home, Daniel Adshead was on standby for England U19s as they lost to France 3-1 and beat Belgium 4-2 in Marbella, Spain for international friendlies.

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