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International friendlies: Wales strike late to draw with Northern Ireland, Scotland victorious in Czech Republic


Simon Church saved Chris Coleman’s side from a miserable Euro 2016 send-off

Wales 1-1 Northern Ireland

Simon Church saved Wales from a miserable Euro 2016 send-off in front of their own fans as Michael O’Neill was denied his his first friendly win as Northern Ireland manager.

Northern Ireland had appeared to be on their way to a first victory over Wales since 1980 when Craig Cathcart fired the visitors ahead on a wet and windy night at the Cardiff City Stadium.

But Church, who had only been on the pitch 13 minutes, won a last-minute penalty when he was tripped by Gareth McAuley and he converted emphatically from the spot to secure a 1-1 draw.

Czech Republic 0-1 Scotland

Ikechi Anya’s first-half strike gave battling Scotland a 1-0 friendly win over Czech Republic at the Generali Arena in Prague.

The home side had hit the frame of the goal before the Watford winger raced on to a Ross McCormack pass in the 10th minute to drive low past keeper Tomas Koubek.

The Czechs fought back fiercely and Scotland keeper Allan McGregor was peppered with attempts on goal but managed to keep the home side at bay with a string of saves in the first half with his defence helping out after the break to keep the home side out.

It was a mostly backs-to-the-wall performance by Gordon Strachan’s side but as a first step to rebuilding for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers which begin later in the year, it will be good enough for the national team boss and the Tartan Army.

Germany vs England will be live on talkSPORT on Saturday evening from 7pm.



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