Striker Long goes undercover at Craven Cottage
SHANE Long scored Republic of Ireland’s opener against Oman in a friendly at Craven Cottage last night – four days ahead of Albion’s Barclays Premier League showdown with Fulham in West London.
The 25-year-old striker netted his fourth goal in as many games as Giovanni Trapattoni’s outfit brushed aside Oman 4-1, before Aiden McGeady replaced him with 17 minutes remaining.
Chris Wood scored New Zealand’s fifth goal in a 6-1 victory over the Solomon Islands in Auckland after appearing as a 73rd-minute substitution.
Zoltan Gera further extended his record as Albion’s all-time international caps holder to 35. The 33-year-old midfielder played 82 minutes as Hungary were defeated by Holland in Budapest.
Club skipper Chris Brunt and central-defender Gareth McAuley played all of Northern Ireland’s 1-1 draw with Luxembourg at Windsor Park.
Jonas Olsson didn’t miss a kick of Sweden’s 2-0 triumph over Kazakhstan in Stockholm.
Gonzalo Jara Reyes also played the entirety of Chile's 3-1 home loss to Columbia.
Boaz Myhill had a busy night in Serbia as Wales fell to a 6-1 defeat.
Deadline-day signing Goran Popov played all 90 minutes of Macedonia’s 1-1 draw with Scotland at Hampden Park, while James Morrison was substituted on 66 minutes and Graham Dorrans did not feature for Craig Levein’s men.
Romelu Lukaka was an unused substitute as Belgium drew 1-1 with Croatia in Brussels.
Scott Allan played an hour for Scotland Under-21s in their 3-2 defeat to Austria.
Craig Dawson missed England Under-21s' 2-0 victory over Norway on Monday through suspension.