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International review: Wins for Guzan and Gana in qualifying games

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International review: Wins for Guzan and Gana in qualifying games

BRAD GUZAN played the full 90 minutes as USA defeated Guatemala 4-0 in World Cup qualifying.

The game was played in front of 20,624 fans in the MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

Dominant from start to finish, Clint Dempsey opened the scoring in the 12th minute.

Geoff Cameron added a second off a Michael Bradley free-kick in the 35th minute.

Graham Zusi and Jozy Altidore recorded second half goals while Guzan made two impressive saves after the break to earn a clean sheet.

The States are second in Group C in Round 4 of qualifying, which also includes Trinidad and Tobago as well as St Vincent/Grenadines.

A total of 12 teams have been drawn into three round-robin, home-and-away groups of four teams each. The winners and runners-up of each group advance to Round 5.

IDRISSA GANA's Senegal moved to the brink of qualification for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, as they won 2-1 away to Niger.

Senegal, who beat the same opponents 2-0 in Dakar last week, triumphed in Niamey to make it four wins out of four in their group.

Senegal are on 12 points in Group K.

In the African Cup of Nations qualifying, the thirteen group winners will qualify for the finals tournament while the two runners-up among these four-team groups with the best records will also qualify.

CARLOS SANCHEZ didn't appear as Colombia beat Ecuador 3-1 in World Cup qualifying.

Carlos Bacca scored two and Sebastian Perez hit the other in the competitive encounter in Barranquilla.

Colombia are fifth in a league of ten teams in Round 1 of South American qualifiying.

The top four teams from each group will qualify for the finals. The fifth placed team advances to the intercontinental play-off.

JORES OKORE and ALAN HUTTON were both not involved for their respective nations as Scotland beat Denmark 1-0 in a friendly at Hampden Park.

Matt Richie capitalised on a misjudgement from Daniel Agger to earn the victory for the hosts.

The Bournemouth winger scored after eight minutes although Craig Gordon's excellence in goal ensured the victory.

Okore remained on the bench while Hutton wasn't in the squad.

CIARAN CLARK stayed on the bench as Republic of Ireland scored two penalties in three minutes to draw 2-2 with fellow Euro 2016 qualifiers Slovakia in Dublin.

The Irish were caught out at the back when Miroslav Stoch put Slovakia ahead.

Shane Long converted a spot-kick and James McClean also netted a penalty to put the hosts 2-1 up.

Slovakia levelled just before the break when Peter Pekarik's cross went in off Ireland defender Paul McShane.

Emily Liles
By @emily_liles 30th March 2016
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