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The latest update on Golden Boys on international duty

Internationals: Pantilimon Recalled By Romania

  
    

Updated Wed Nov 16 at 10am

Costel Pantilimon was re-called to Romania's starting line-up but was powerless as a stoppage time goal handed Russia a late victory in Grozny last night (Tue Nov 15).

The Watford goalkeeper featured throughout the friendly fixture as Rubin Kazan's Magomed Ozdoev scored a 93rd-minute winner to defeat the Romanians right at the death.

Morocco were also in friendly action, seeing off Togo 2-1 with Nordin Amrabat introduced as a second-half substitute.

Racing Strasbourg's Khalid Boutaib bagged a brace in Marrakech as the Morrocans fought back following an early Togo opener.

Ecuador returned to winning ways in World Cup qualifying with a 3-0 beating of Venezuela, and Juan Carlos Paredes was once again involved for the full 90 minutes.

Arturo Mina, Miller Bolanos and Enner Valencia scored the goals, while Adalberto Penaranda played the first 69 minutes for the Venezuelans.

It was a bittersweet evening for Rhyle Ovenden, who played the entire game as Wales Under-19s thrashed Luxembourg 6-2 in Bangor.

Victory wasn't enough for the Young Dragons, who finished third in their 2017 UEFA Under-19 qualifying group, despite ending equal on points with top two England and Greece.


Updated Mon Nov 14 at 10am

Valon Behrami notched a superb assist for Switzerland on Sunday evening, as they defeated Faroe Islands 2-0 in World Cup qualifying action.  

Under pressure, Behrami launched a perfectly weighted half-volley from inside his own half onto the foot of Eren Derdiyok, who opened the scoring with a neat finish. 

Switzerland sit top of Group B ahead of Euro 2016 winners Portugal, who they beat on matchday one. 

Christian Kabasele missed out on Belgium's 8-1 thrashing of Estonia through injury, having made his debut for the Red Devils earlier in the week.


Updated Sun Nov 13 at 1pm

Nordin Amrabat played the entire 90 minutes as Morocco held Ivory Coast to a goalless draw in this evening's (Sat Nov 12) World Cup qualifier in Marrakech.

The point leaves Morocco third in African Group C, with 0-0 draws from each of their two opening games.

Odion Ighalo's Nigeria defeated Adlene Guedioura's Algeria 3-1 but neither Watford player made it off the bench.

The Hornets duo were both unused substitutes for their respective countries as the Nigerians secured their second win from two in African Group B.

A Victor Moses brace and John Obi Mikel's goal secured all three points for the Super Eagles, with Nabil Bentaleb scoring in return for the visitors, who suffered their first competitive defeat since the 2015 Nations Cup.

Academy midfielder Rhyle Ovenden was named in the Wales Under-19 starting XI for their impressive 3-2 win over England.

Watford's second-year scholar featured throughout as the Young Dragons edged a thrilling encounter in Bangor, securing their first win at the second attempt in 2017 UEFA Under-19 qualifying.

Goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon was an unused substitute during Romania's 3-0 defeat to Poland yesterday (Fri Nov 11).

Kamil Grosicki scored the Poles' opener before a Robert Lewandowski double conflicted defeat on the Romanians in World Cup qualifying.

For a full round-up of Watford players in action over the international break click HERE.

"A HUGE HONOUR" - OVENDEN ON WALES UNDER-19 CALL-UP

    
  

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