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INTERNATIONALS: Mixed fortunes for Baggies on Tuesday night

18 November 2015

Rondon, Sessegnon and Gamboa in action


There was disappointment for Salomon Rondon on Tuesday night, as his Venezuela side suffered their fourth straight defeat in South America World Cup Qualifying.

Baggies' record signing completed 90 minutes of the 3-1 home defeat to group leaders Ecuador in Puerto Ordaz.

Goals from Fidel Martinez, Jefferson Montero and Felipe Caicedo were enough for the visitors, but Joseph Martinez did grab a late consolation for Venezuela.


There was also bad news for Stephane Sessegnon as Benin were knocked out of the World Cup at the second stage of African qualifying.

The Albion winger, who captained his nation, played the whole game in Ouagadougou where Burkina Faso claimed a 2-0 win thanks to goals from Jonathan Pitroipa and Bertrand Traore.

The result ensured a 3-2 aggregate scoreline in the hosts’ favour, sending them through to the next stage of qualifying.


Cristian Gamboa had better fortune though – Costa Rica recorded an impressive 2-1 win in Panama to make it two wins from two in the fourth stage of World Cup qualifying in North and Central America.

The full-back completed 90 minutes for his nation as goals from Bryan Ruiz and Marcos Urena were enough to seal three points on the road, despite a late consolation from Luis Tejada.


Serge Gnabry was an unused substitute in Germany’s 4-2 win over Austria in EURO Under-21 qualifying.

Max Meyer, Leon Goretzka, Davie Selke and Leroy Sane were on target for the hosts, while both of Austria’s goals came through Michael Gregoritsch. 

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