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POINT EACH FOR MCCLEAN AND MALONEY

14 October 2014

We look back at Monday and Tuesday’s international action for Latics’ players.

• Maloney scores as Scots draw in Poland
• McClean Man of the Match against the World Champions
• Kvist’s Denmark go down to late Cristiano Ronaldo goal

Shaun Maloney helped Scotland earn a valuable point in their Euro 2016 qualification campaign as Scotland drew 2-2 with Poland in Warsaw.

The Poles led through Krzysztof Maczynski before Maloney levelled for the Tartan Army who took a second-half lead when Steven Naismith prodded home just before the hour.

However, Arkadiusz Milik equalised for the hosts with just under 15 minutes remaining to share the spoils and leave both nations well poised in Group D.

Elsewhere, James McClean turned out a Man of the Match performance for the Republic of Ireland as John O’Shea’s 93rd minute equaliser earned Martin O’Neill’s side a 1-1 draw in Gelsenkirchen.

Toni Kroos looked to have won the tie for the hosts before the Sunderland defender prodded home Jeff Hendrick’s pull-back.

The result leaves both McClean’s Ireland and Maloney’s Scotland in solid positions in Group D ahead of their meeting in November.

Meanwhile, William Kvist’s Denmark went down to a 95th minute strike from Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo as Group I begins to take shape.

The Danes sit in second place on four points ahead of November’s round of fixtures.

On Monday, Ali Al Habsi’s Oman continued their preparations for the Gulf Cup with a 3-0 defeat against Uruguay.

Luis Suarez scored twice on his return to action before Jonathan Rodriguez added a third late on.


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