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Monday international round-up

8 September 2015

Six Baggies internationals in action last night

ALBION's Chris Brunt, Gareth McAuley and Jonny Evans will have to wait until next month as they look to secure Northern Ireland's place at Euro 2016.

The trio, who each played 90 minutes for the Green and White Army, knew victory in last night's qualifier over Hungary would secure their spot at a major tournament for the first time since 1986. 

However, they fell behind in the 74th minute and then saw ex-Albion man Chris Baird sent off before Kyle Lafferty popped up to secure a valuable injury-time point in a 1-1 draw at Windsor Park.

The point ensures Northern Ireland, top of Group F, still remain in pole position to qualify for next summer's tournament in France and need just two points from their remaining fixtures against Greece and Finland.

In Group D, James McClean's Republic of Ireland are now in a strong position to secure a top-three finish ahead of James Morrison and Darren Fletcher's Scotland.

McClean was a 75th-minute substitute in Ireland's 1-0 triumph over Georgia in Dublin last night, but did pick up a booking which rules him out of next month's encounter against Germany.

The world champions top the group having won 3-2 against Scotland in Glasgow, Morrison completing 90 minutes while Fletcher remained an unused substitute.

With two matches remaining, fourth-placed Scotland are now four points adrift of Ireland, who occupy third spot and a potential play-off place, although they themselves are just two points adrift of the automatic qualifying places.

However, there is still hope for Scotland, who finish their campaign against second-placed Poland and Gibraltar, while Ireland face a tricky run-in versus Germany and Poland.

On Sunday night, James Chester was an unused substitute as Wales were held to a goalless draw at home to Israel, prolonging their own wait to secure qualification for France 2016.

The Welsh, top of Group B, knew victory would clinch their first major tournament appearance since 1958 but the stalemate means just another single point in their remaining matches against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Andorra next month would do the trick.


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