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International Round-Up

A good night for Blues stars.

International Round-Up

Everton’s international stars enjoyed a successful evening as World Cup qualifying groups began to take shape.

No less than six Blues were in action across last evening and the early hours, and on the whole it was a successful night for them.

First, in Belgium, both Marouane Fellaini and Kevin Mirallas started for the hosts in their match against Serbia.

After Chelsea youngster Kevin De Bruyne had given the hosts a 13th-minute lead, Fellaini popped up on the hour mark to power a header home to make it 2-0.

Despite Manchester City left-back Alexsander Kolarov pulling a goal back via a free-kick, the Belgians held on for a three points that keeps them top of Group A.

Both Blues were substituted, as Mirallas made way for Eden Hazard on 64 minutes, while Fellaini was replaced by Moussa Dembele after 71 minutes.

Elsewhere there was a fantastic away win for Steven Naismith’s Scotland against Nikica Jelavic’s Croatia.

A solitary Robert Snodgrass goal saw the Scots overcome FIFA’s fourth-best ranked side, with Naismith playing his part as a 63rd-minute substitute. Striker Jelavic, however, was left on the bench.

Meanwhile, in the Republic of Ireland, Seamus Coleman played the full 90 minutes in the Republic’s 3-0 Group C victory over the Faroe Islands. Coleman’s side had skipper Robbie Keane to thank after the LA Galaxy man’s hat-trick saw them run out comfortable winners.

Over in Jamaica, Tim Howard's US were looking to avenge a recent home defeat and did so in spectacular style.

On the half hour, former Hull City loanee Jozy Altidore put the visitors ahead but with two minutes left, ex-Toffee Jermaine Beckford looked to have rescued a point for the Jamaicans.

But Brad Evans turned home a dramatic late winner two minutes into stoppage time to give the US all three points.

Finally, Johnny Heitinga’s Netherlands were in friendly action against Indonesia, with the Toffee playing the second half of a routine 3-0 win.

Pat MahonWell done Seamus and the rest of the Irish lads tonight! Hope Everton follow on from last seasons great effort with even more next season. A Laois hurler (better than the big ball) and Toffee fan!!

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