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Late success for Irish duo & Gardner-Hickman starts in Young Lions win

Ireland ahead of their game with Lithuania.

Dara O'Shea, Callum Robinson and Taylor Gardner-Hickman all enjoyed a winning end to the international break, with their respective nations claiming victory on home soil.

The Republic of Ireland followed up their impressive 2-2 draw with European heavyweights Belgium with an equally exciting last-gasp victory over Lithuania at the Aviva Stadium.

Callum Robinson and Dara O'Shea both started, but they had to wait until the dying moments to break the deadlock and make their dominance count.

Despite controlling possession and chances, the friendly looked destined to end in a stalemate, only for Troy Parrott to score in the 97th minute to earn victory for Stephen Kenny's charges.

Both Robinson and O'Shea featured for more than an hour, while Jayson Molumby was an unused substitute.

Elsewhere, Taylor Gardner-Hickman earned his first start for England U20s in their 3-1 win over Germany.

He played 85 minutes, having previously made his first substitute appearance for the Young Lions the previous week during their 2-0 defeat to Poland.

Sam Greenwood, James McAtee and Tyrhys Dolan all found the back of the net in the European Elite League U20 clash, with Lazar Samardzic's late strike proving to be no more than a consolation for the visitors.

Taylor Gardner-Hickman playing for England.

There was disappointment for Semi Ajayi and Nigeria as their World Cup qualifying campaign concluded with a 1-1 draw against Ghana – a result which ended their hopes of reaching Qatar 2022 and provoked ugly scenes inside Abuja National Stadium at the full-time whistle. 

Thomas Partey's opener for Ghana was equalled out by William Troost-Ekong's penalty in the first half, but with the Super Eagles failing to find a second, the visitors earned their spot in Qatar via the away goals rule following a 0-0 draw in the first leg.

*With thanks to FAI and Colchester United for the images.