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International report: McGinn bittersweet night, Luiz Olympic prep, Taylor/Kalinic earn wins

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International report: McGinn bittersweet night, Luiz Olympic prep, Taylor/Kalinic earn wins

John McGinn’s appearance for Scotland in EURO 2020 qualifying against Russia was bittersweet.

McGinn scored his first goal for his country in the Hampden Park clash against the World Cup quarter-finalists.

But Steve Clarke’s men ultimately went down 2-1 on the night.

Artem Dzyuba levelled before Stephen O'Donnell's own goal earned the win.

Clarke's side are fourth in Group I with six points from five games and Belgium, the world's top-ranked team, are up next on Monday.

It leaves Scotland six points adrift of the Russians in second with five games to play.

Neil Taylor played 80 minutes as Wales earned a 2-1 home win over Azerbaijan, again in EURO 2020 qualifying. 

Wales took a first-half lead as the ball looped skywards from a deflected Gareth Bale shot and hit an unsuspecting Pavlo Pashayev before rolling past a wrong-footed Salahat Agayev.

Wales conceded an equaliser through Mahir Emreli.

But with minutes remaining, Real Madrid forward Bale headed in from close range to pick up three valuable points.

It lifts Wales up to third in Group E - level on six points with fourth-placed Slovakia.

In the same Group E, Lovre Kalinic was an unused sub as World Cup finalists Croatia thumped Slovakia 4-0 away.

Nikola Vlasic, Ivan Perisic, Bruno Petkovic and Dejan Lovren were the goalscorers.

That impressive away win means Croatia join leaders Hungary on nine points.

Away from EURO 2020 qualifying, Douglas Luiz played the full 90 minutes for Brazil U23s as they beat Colombia U23s 2-0.

It was a friendly game in preparation for the Pre-Olympic Tournament, which determines what nations from the South American region qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Games!

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By @paulbrownavfc 7th September 2019