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2 June 2014

A run down of Latics' involvement in summer internationals so far.

Roger Espinoza scored his fourth international goal for Honduras in style, though Luis Fernando Suarez’s team lost for the second time in a week in their build up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup as Israel ran out 4-2 winners in Texas.

Espinoza’s side, also featuring Latics full back Juan Carlos Garcia, lost 2-0 to Turkey in Washington last Thursday before a second-half collapse saw the Israelis secure their first international win since they defeated the Hondurans exactly a year ago.

Eran Zahavi gave Israel a half-time lead before Espinoza levelled with a fierce drive from 25 yards that crashed in off both posts.

However, just five minutes later former Latics defender Maynor Figueroa put into his own net to give Israel the lead before Omer Damari and Gil Vermouth made it 4-1.

Carlos Costly added a late consolation for the Hondurans who face England in Miami on Saturday before they face France in their Group E opener on Sunday 15th June.

Jean Beausejour’s Chile enjoyed a better start to their World Cup preparations on Saturday as Jorge Sampaoli’s side came from two goals down to defeat Egypt 3-2 in the Santiago de Chile.

Chelsea’s Mohamed Salah gave the hosts the lead before Khaled Kamar doubled the visitors’ advantage on the quarter hour.

Barcelona striker Alexis Sanchez provided the assists for all three of Chile’s goals as Marcelo Diaz pulled the first back on before the half hour and Eduardo Vargas added a second-half double.

Beausejour’s side face Northern Ireland in their final warm-up match on Thursday before they open their Group B campaign a week on Friday.

James McClean and Shaun Maloney have also been involved over the last week as the Republic of Ireland and Scotland begin their preparations for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualification campaign.

McClean played the full 90 minutes of Ireland’s 2-1 home defeat to Turkey before he featured in the final half hour of Martin O’Neill’s side’s impressive 0-0 draw with Italy at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

Maloney played 90 minutes for Scotland at the same venue just three days earlier as Scotland were held to a 2-2 draw by World Cup bound Nigeria.

Charlie Mulgrew gave Gordon Strachan’s side the lead before Michael Uchebo levelled for the African outfit.

An own goal from Azubuike Egwuekwe looked to have earned Scotland the win, though a 90th minute equaliser from Uche Nwofor denied the Tartan Army the victory.

McClean’s side still face friendlies with Costa Rica and Portugal in the next week whilst Maloney’s Scotland are yet to schedule a fixture before their Euro 2016 qualifying opener against Germany in September. 

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