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INTERNATIONAL ROUND-UP

6 March 2014

Ali Al Habsi, Jean Beausejour and James McClean all in midweek, international action.

Ali Al Habsi kicked off the cluster of Wigan Athletic players on international duty yesterday, winning 3-1 with his Oman side against Singapore in their final Asian Cup qualifying game.

It was a quiet afternoon in Muscat for Al Habsi who rarely had his goal threatened by the visitors, with Oman seeing out the game to finish top of Group A, unbeaten and having conceded just one goal.

Al Habsi was featuring in his first international match in almost a year, last representing his country in March 2013 in a 2-2 draw against Australia, who will be the hosts of the 2015 Asian Cup.

Later in the evening James McClean completed 90 minutes for the Republic of Ireland in a friendly against Serbia at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, turning in an exciting display in the first half as Ireland pushed themselves 1-0 up, however Serbia turned things around in the second half to win 2-1.

Jean Beausejour also suffered a narrow defeat in friendly action as his Chile side lost 1-0 to Germany in Stuttgart, with the 29-year-old playing 75 minutes in an advanced role.

Honduras defender Juan Carlos Garcia and Slovakia Under 21 goalkeeper Marko Marosi also received call-ups, but both were unused substitutes in their matches.

Slovakia's Under 21s drew 4-4 against Turkey and Honduras won 2-1 against Venezuela in San Pedro, Sula.



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