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International round up: Gilmour plays 90 minutes as Scotland secure crucial win over Israel

Scotland gave their hopes of reaching the 2022 World Cup as they recorded a 3-2 win over Israel to go second in their qualifying group.

Scotland gave their hopes of reaching the 2022 World Cup as they recorded a 3-2 win over Israel to go second in their qualifying group.

Norwich City loanee Billy Gilmour played 95 minutes for the Scots, making 82 passes, winning a penalty and having a shot at goal as the Scots twice came from behind to eventually win the match in stoppage time.

John McGinn and Lyndon Dykes scored the first two goals from Scotland but they appeared to be heading for a 2-2 draw until a late corner was bundled home at the back post by Scott McTominay to give them all three points.

Andrew Omobamidele and Adam Idah also started for the Republic of Ireland as Stephen Kenny recorded his first win as manager with a 3-0 triumph in Azerbaijan.

Idah played 59 minutes of the match, before being replaced by Chiedozie Ogbene, while Omobamidele played the full 90 minutes, making five successful tackles and 27 passes. The Republic of Ireland won the game with goals from Callum Robinson (2) and Ogbene.

Teemu Pukki was on target for Finland, but they lost 2-1 at home to Ukraine which leaves the Huuhkajat three points off their opponents who are in second place in their group, but with a game in hand over them.

Kosovo's hopes of reaching the World Cup look to be over however as they were beaten 3-0 at home to Sweden. Milot Rashica played the full 90 minutes of the match and had two shots at goal.

In the same group, Greece boosted their chances of qualification for the World Cup with a 2-0 win over Georgia. However, Dimitris Giannoulis did not play in the match and Christos Tzolis came on as a late substitute and didn't manage to get an effort on goal.

Przemyslaw Placheta started Poland's 5-0 victory over San Marino. He set up the opening goal by crossing for Karol Swiderski to head home from close range and made seven key passes during the match as further goals from Cristian Brolli (OG), Tomasz Kędziora, Adam Buksa and Krzysztof Piatek gave Poland a comfortable win.

Danel Sinani led the line for Luxembourg as they made things difficult for Serbia. The Serbs scraped a 1-0 victory thanks to a goal from Dušan Vlahović.

Dylan Berry was also in goal for Nothern Ireland Under-19s but they were beaten 2-0 away by the Czech Republic Under-19s.

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