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International review: Wins for Gana/Gestede/Bacuna/Green

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International review: Wins for Gana/Gestede/Bacuna/Green

A trio of claret and blues were in African Cup of Nations qualifying action this weekend.

IDRISSA GANA and Senegal maintained their 100 per cent record as they beat Niger 2-0.

Southampton's Saido Mané set up Hull City midfielder Mo Diame in the 15th minute to give the Lions of Teranga an early lead in Dakar.

The hosts doubled their advantage 20 minutes from time when Omar Niasse found the back of the net, after excellent work from Mané to provide the cross.

The win leaves Senegal on nine points from their opening three qualifying matches in Group K.

It's been a good week for RUDY GESTEDE and Benin.

They followed up their midweek triumph over South Sudan with a 4-1 win over the same opponents on Sunday.

West Brom's Stephane Sessegnon scored twice in Cotonou as the hosts went top of Group C.

Mickael Pote and Jodel Dossou were also on target, with Atak Lual grabbing a consolation for the away side.

In Group H, there was frustration for JORDAN AYEW and Ghana, who were held to a goalless draw by Mozambique.

The Black Stars produced a disjointed performance to earn a draw against a spirited Mozambican side who also picked up their first point of the qualifying campaign.

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ANDRE GREEN played 85 minutes in England U18s' 4-1 friendly win over the Republic of Ireland at St George's Park while defender EASAH SULIMAN was also a 57th minute substitute.

Manchester City's Lukas Nmecha gave England a 24th-minute lead, which was doubled by Tottenham Hotspur man Marcus Edwards soon after the half-hour mark.

Ireland pulled one back on the hour, but Edwards added a second before Everton's Antony Evans wrapped things up 12 minutes from time.

Elsewhere, LEANDRO BACUNA tasted success with Curaçao in the second game of Caribbean Cup qualification, as they beat Dominican Republic 2-1.

The win boosts their bid to qualify for next year's Caribbean Cup.

Curaçao took the lead through Gino Von Ressel, but Edipo Encarnacion looked to have earned a point for Dominican Republic with just over ten minutes remaining.

Shortly after though, Curaçao scored a controversial winner as Felitciano Zschusschen netted in the 81st minute.

On Saturday, BRAD GUZAN was an unused substitute as the USA fell to defeat in Guatemala, Estadio Mateo Flores in Guatemala City.

Goals from Rafael Morales and Carlos Ruiz gave the hosts a 2-0 lead inside the first 15 minutes.

The Stars and Stripes continue World Cup Qualifying on Wednesday, with a return trip in Columbus, Ohio, where they host Guatemala.



Idrissa Gana: Niger v Senegal - African Cup of Nations qualifying
Ciaran Clark: Ireland v Slovakia - Friendly
Jores Okore: Scotland v Denmark - Friendly
Alan Hutton: Scotland v Denmark - Friendly
Carlos Sanchez: Colombia v Ecuador - World Cup qualifying


Brad Guzan: Guatemala v USA - World Cup qualifying

Paul Brown
By @paulbrownavfc 28th March 2016
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