Positive night for international Reds
It was a positive night for the majority of the Reds on international duty on Tuesday, with Robin van Persie once again shining for his country.
Having netted a vital equaliser in the draw in Estonia last Friday, the Dutch striker was on target again, netting both of the Netherlands’ goals in the 2-0 victory away to lowly Andorra which sealed qualification for next year’s World Cup.
Elsewhere, Tom Cleverley and Ashley Young both came off the bench to help England claim a point in Kiev after a 0-0 draw against Ukraine. Young replaced Jack Wilshere soon after the hour-mark, while Cleverley came on for the injured Theo Walcot in the final few minutes of the match. Michael Carrick and Chris Smalling were both unused substitutes, while Danny Welbeck missed the game through suspension following his caution in Friday’s win over Moldova.
It proved to be a disappointing evening for Jonny Evans and Northern Ireland who lost 3-2 away at Luxembourg. It was only Luxembourg’s fourth ever win in a World Cup qualifier and it was thanks to Mathias Janisch’s winner three minutes from time.
Patrice Evra was an unused substitute in France’s come-from-behind win away to Belarus. The French fell behind twice in the match, but recovered well to claim a 4-2 victory – former United midfielder Paul Pogba netted France’s fourth.
Over in La Paz, Antonio Valenciaplayed the full 90 minutes of Ecuador’s 1-1 draw away to Bolivia, while earlier in the day, Shinji Kagawa scored Japan’s opening goal in the 3-1 friendly win over Ghana.
Results: 10 September
Valencia (Bolivia – A) Drew 1-1
Carrick, Cleverley, Smalling, Young(Ukraine – A) Drew 0-0
Evra (Belarus – A) Won 4-2
Kagawa (Ghana – H) Won 3-1
van Persie (Andorra – A) Won 2-0
Evans (Luxembourg – A) Lost 3-2
*World Cup qualifiers unless stated