Under-23's 27/03/2018

Under-23 | Eleftheriou Leaves On Loan

Under-23 defender Andrew Eleftheriou has today agreed to sign on loan for Norwegian outfit Sandefjord Fotball.

The 20-year-old full-back's loan move runs until July 19, with the top-flight side's 2018 season starting in March and finishing in November.

Eleftheriou, who made his Watford first-team debut against Manchester City in May 2017, has also signed a one-year extension to his professional contract, keeping him at Vicarage Road until June 2019.

First Team 27/03/2018

Internationals | Prödl On Point

Sebastian Prödl played two full games and kept two clean sheets in a strong showing by Austria over the international break.

Watford's towering centre-half produced a long pass of pinpoint accuracy for Marko Arnautović to open the scoring in Austria's 4-0 away win over Luxembourg (March 27). Prödl dinked the ball right onto the mercurial forward's foot, with 'Arnie' producing a delightful chip to beat the goalkeeper.

Prödl also played the full 90 and again kept a clean sheet as Austria cruised to a 3-0 win against Slovenia in the Wörthersee Stadion in Klagenfurt (March 23), with West Ham's Arnautović scoring a brace.


André Carrillo had a successful break as Peru cruised through both of their international friendlies, scoring five goals and conceding just one.

The South American nation showed their class winning 3-1 against Iceland (March 28), getting off to a good start with a Renato Tapia header from a free-kick after just three minutes.

Carrillo played the full 90 as the Peruvians scored twice again in the second-half after Jón Fjóluson had levelled affairs before the break.

Watford's on-loan winger was on target for his country as they defeated Croatia 2-0 in the very early hours of March 23.

Ivan Strinić made a terrible error, passing the ball straight to Carrillo, who fizzed his effort past a helpless Danijel Subašić from just outside the area after just 12 minutes.

La Blanquirroja scored again in the second-half, and then went down to 10 men with a quarter of an hour remaining, but managed to hold on for victory.


Craig Cathcart got onto the pitch for the first time since the Hornets' home draw with Brighton & Hove Albion in August, as he continued his return from injury away from the club.

Northern Ireland scored with just four minutes remaining in Belfast to beat South Korea 2-1 (March 25). Cathcart came on as a 68th minute substitute in place of West Bromwich Albion's Jonny Evans.

Northern Ireland played just one game over the break, drawing at Windsor Park

Orestis Karnezis had a mixed bag as Greece opted to rotate their goalkeepers over their international friendlies.

Watford's on-loan shot-stopper was on the losing side for Greece as Blerim Džemaili scored an overhead kick for Switzerland in the only goal of the game (March 23).

He was an unused substitute as the Greeks lost out to Egypt 1-0 in their other game in Switzerland (March 27).


Pontus Dahlberg had a very enjoyable spell with the Swedish Under-21s, as they won both their fixtures and kept two clean sheets.

The Swedes squeaked past Cyprus (March 27), with Franz Brorsson scoring a 97th minute winner against the Cypriots in their UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualifier at the AEK Arena in Larnaca, Cyprus.

Sweden's Under-21s also won 3-0 away against Turkey in Alanya (March 23), with Dahlberg keeping another clean sheet in their qualifier.

 

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Molla Wagué will have been pleased to return to action, although Mali played just one game over the international break.

Wagué captained his country and played an hour for the Eagles (March 23), leaving the field while they were 1-0 up against Japan thanks to a Abdoulaye Diaby penalty. The Malians conceded late on after Shoya Nakajima steered home Kento Misao's cross.


The Amrabat family will be pleased as punch after their sons Nordin and Sofyan - of Feyenoord - featured in one fixture each for Morocco. 

Morocco squeezed past Serbia in Turin, winning 2-1 (March 23). Nordin was fouled in the area with under half-an-hour played, with Ajax's Hakim Ziyech converting from the penalty spot for the opening goal.

 

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The Leganes loanee was an unused substitute as Morocco breezed past Uzbekistan 2-0 (March 27), but Nordin's brother Sofyan played the full game.


Dodi Lukebakio and Obbi Oulare showed their potential as they helped Belgium's Under-21s to two wins from two.

The Belgians defeated Netherlands Under-21s in a 4-1 friendly victory in De Vijverberg, Doetinchem (March 23), with Oulare opening the scoring with just three minutes on the clock. He headed into an empty net, after Dutch goalkeeper Justin Bijlow failed to deal with a set-piece delivery, getting the Belgians off to a great start.

Lukebakio assisted the Belgian Red Devils' second goal, setting Dion Cools up to score - albeit unintentionally. The winger dribbled forward and was challenged by the Oranje defenders, with the ball ricocheting off Lukebakio and into the path of Cools, who lived up to his namesake and prodded the ball under the Dutch keeper under pressure.

Lukebakio also got himself on the scoresheet as Belgium Under-21s defeated Hungary 3-0 in their UEFA Under-21 Qualifier (March 27).

The 20-year-old winger was involved in the opening goal, as his pass was deflected into the path of Siebe Schrijvers who neatly turned and finished off the post.

Lukebakio scored the second of the evening in the 64th minute with a header into the bottom corner, with Hungary a man down after Bence Tóth was dismissed, following a cross from Isaac Mbenza.

Fellow Watford attacker Oulare was introduced as a half-time substitute during the game in Heverlee, as the Belgians moved a step closer to qualification.


Lewis Gordon continued his development with Scotland's Under-17s, getting game time in two out of three of the Tartan Army's UEFA Championship Elite Round fixtures.

Gordon played the full game and kept a clean sheet against Germany's Under-21s (March 27), with the Scots winning 1-0 despite losing Christopher Hamilton to a second bookable offence after 67 minutes.

The young full-back also played 73 minutes as Scotland Under-17s fell 2-1 to Norway Under-17s in Greece (March 24).