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12 October 2013

A look back at our featured international players as Espinoza, Garcia and Beausejour go within a point of qualifying for the World Cup.

Honduras and Chile's results in the early hours of Saturday morning put Latics' stars Roger Espinoza, Juan Carlos Garcia and Jean Beausejour within just a point of World Cup qualification going into their final upcoming games this week.

Espinoza was a prominent feature in Honduras' crucial 1-0 victory at home to Costa Rica as he fed striker Jerry Bengtson in to score the game's only goal.

The win put Honduras within just a point of the World Cup, as they currently sit third in the North Central America and Caribbean qualifying zone, three points clear of Mexico and with just one more game to play away to Jamaica.

Garcia made his first appearance for Honduras since signing for Latics as he was introduced as a 78th minute substitute, with Espinoza playing the full 90 minutes.

Beausejour's Chile could have qualified outright and were six minutes from doing so, but for opponents Colombia to drag themselves from 3-0 down to draw 3-3 with a penalty securing the equaliser.

A 60th minute substitute, Beausejour was introduced with Chile down to ten men, but Colombia couldn't be stopped in pulling back a point.

Chile will now go into their final South America qualifying zone game against Ecuador at home needing just a point to secure their spot in Brazil.

In European qualifying news, James McClean was an unused substitute in Republic of Ireland's 3-0 defeat to Germany, while James McArthur's Scotland didn't have a fixture and will play their final game on Tuesday against Croatia.

Scotland's Under 21s were in action however, with Fraser Fyvie starring in a 2-1 victory over Slovakia as he cleared off the line in the last few moments to ensure his side held on for all three points.

Development Squad goalkeeper Marko Marosi was an unused substitute in the game for Slovakia and Scotland's win moves the two nations level in UEFA Under 21 European Championship qualifying, with two wins from three games each.

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