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Late heartbreak for Egyptian duo

24 March 2018

TWO stoppage-time goals from Cristiano Ronaldo meant Ahmed Hegazi and Ali Gabr were beaten on Friday evening, with a whole host of Baggies also in international action.

Our Egyptian duo both played 90 minutes against Portugal in Zurich, and, after Mo Salah's opener, looked to have secured an encouraging victory over the European Champions. But Ronaldo struck twice in the closing stages - after consultation with the Video Assistant Referee - to condemn the Pharoahs to defeat.

James McClean also tasted defeat for Republic of Ireland as Mehmet Topal gave Turkey a 1-0 victory in Antalya. Despite playing the full game, James could not prevent his side from losing their first game of 2018 against the World Cup-bound 'Crescent Stars'.

Grzegorz Krychowiak and Matt Phillips also found themselves on the wrong side of a 1-0 scoreline. Grzegorz got a full run-out for Poland against Nigeria, with Matty playing the final 15 minutes of Scotland's defeat to Costa Rica at Hampden Park.

There were better fortunes for Scotland's under-21 side and Oliver Burke, who featured in a 1-1 draw against Andorra.

But it was Sam Field who was on a winning side in this, a busy evening of international fixtures. The Baggies starlet played 68 minutes for England U20 as they beat Poland, with Jake Livermore an unused substitute for the senior side as Jesse Lingard sealed a narrow triumph over Netherlands.


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