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Five of our players won full caps for their countries last night with Conor Mitchell in goal for Northern Ireland Under-21s; none of them finished on the losing side.

The Republic of Ireland enjoyed a 1-0 win against Georgia in Dublin with Everton’s Seamus Coleman scoring the only goal of the game. Stephen Ward and Jeff Hendrick were both in the starting eleven and both played well in what was in many ways a disappointing performance. It was a bitter-sweet night for Hendrick however. He received a yellow card, his second in the qualifying competition, and will miss their game in Moldova.

Wales probably faced their most difficult game with a fixture against Austria in Vienna. Sam Vokes wasn’t on the scoresheet but his side twice held the lead only for Marko Arnautovic of Stoke to equalise on both occasions.

What a finish though for Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Iceland. He got an assist just eight minutes before half time when Kari Amason equalised against Finland but they were behind again two minutes later and it looked as though they were going to suffer defeat until Alfred Finnbogason equalised in the 90th minute. It got even better for Iceland when Ragnar Sigurdsson scored the winner five minutes into stoppage time.

Away from the World Cup qualifiers, Canada beat Mauritania 4-0 in the first of two friendlies against them in Marrakech. Although former David Edgar was an unused substitute for the Canadians, Scott Arfield played the full game.

Finally, Mitchell was in goal for Northern Ireland as they won a creditable point from a 1-1 draw in the Euro Under-21 game against Ukraine in Kiev. It was his third cap as he lined up alongside former Burnley full backs Cameron Dummigan and Luke Conlan who are now with Oldham and Morecambe respectively.

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