Captain Coleman Helps Ireland Secure Dramatic Point

Seamus Coleman played the full 90 minutes as the Republic of Ireland consolidated their strong position in UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying Group D with a dramatic 1-1 draw against Switzerland in Dublin.

Sheffield United striker David McGoldrick headed an equaliser five minutes from time at the Aviva Stadium, after Fabian Schar had put a gifted Swiss team in front.

Coleman, who captained Ireland, won his 54th cap for his country.

Mick McCarthy's team remain top of their qualifying group, three points ahead of second-placed Denmark.

Next up for Coleman and Ireland is a friendly match against Bulgaria in Dublin on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Elsewhere, in-form Everton attacker Anthony Gordon delivered another impressive performance as England Under-19s beat Greece 3-1 in a friendly international at St George’s Park.

Gordon, who has netted five times in his past three outings for Everton Under-23s, had a key role in the young Lions’ opening two goals.

After Greece had taken an early lead through Vrakas Georgios, the livewire 18-year-old sprinted clear down the left channel and squared for Norwich City’s Daniel Adshead, who applied the finish from close range. 

On 55 minutes, Everton Academy graduate Gordon struck the post having been played through on goal. Leeds United striker Ryan Edmondson followed up to tap-in the rebound.


Manchester City’s Tommy Doyle then wrapped up the victory for Paul Simpson’s team from the penalty spot.

Next up for Gordon and England Under-19s is an away friendly match against Germany on Monday (kick-off 4pm).

Gordon's Everton Under-23s teammate Nathangelo Markelo started as Netherlands Under-20s battled out a goalless draw with England at Shrewsbury Town’s New Meadow stadium.

Everton centre-back Lewis Gibson was named on the bench for England.

Markelo's team host Germany on Sunday (3pm), while Gibson and England take on Switzerland in Basel on Monday (5pm).

 

 

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