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It was a busy night of international football as eight Norwich City players featured for their countries on Tuesday evening.
First up was Max Aarons, who started for the England Under-21s in new head coach Lee Carsley’s first game in charge. The full-back performed well at right back playing a perfectly weighted pass into Rhian Brewster after 10 minutes, that allowed the Sheffield United forward to win and score a penalty off the Kosovan keeper who came sliding out of his goal to intercept.
And after Cole Palmer added a second midway through the first half the Young Lions comfortably won the European Championship qualifying match.
A host of games then kicked off at 7.45pm, with the pick of the victories being a 1-0 win for Scotland in Austria. Grant Hanley played the full 90 minutes in defence, putting in a strong display, while Billy Gilmour played 88 minutes in the centre of the park. Scotland took the lead through a Lyndon Dykes penalty and deservedly held onto their lead to move to second in their World Cup qualifying group, a point ahead of Israel in third place who were thrashed by Denmark.
There was also a superb performance from Andrew Omobamidele on his first start for the Republic of Ireland as they drew 1-1 at home to Serbia. Ireland’s hopes of qualifying from Group A are all but gone as they have failed to win any of their first five matches, but they showed great spirit to battle back from a goal down with Norwich City striker Adam Idah also performing well up front.
Teemu Pukki and Finland’s qualification hopes took a blow as they were beaten by two Antione Griezmann goals in Paris. However, Finland are still level on points with second placed Ukraine in Group D having played a game fewer than them.
Elsewhere it was a tough night for Ozan Kabak, who started Turkey’s crucial game against the Netherlands on the bench. He was brought off the bench at half-time with Turkey 3-0 down and a man light after Çalğlar Söyüncü was sent off for two bookable offence. Turkey ended up losing the match 6-1. Tim Krul was named in the matchday squad for the Dutch, but only on the bench.
In the same group, Norway moved up to second with a thumping win over Gibraltar. Mathias Normann was named on the bench for his team but did not feature.
There was also an appearance for Danel Sinani for Luxembourg in their friendly match against Qatar. He played the first half of the game that ended in a 1-1 draw.