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Friday 23 March 2018

Elding salvages point for 10-man Rovers

in brief


Substitute Anthony Elding salvaged a point with a last-minute equaliser to give 10-man Sligo Rovers a 1-1 draw with Longford at the City Calling Stadium.

Despite playing for over an hour against ten men, Longford struggled before taking the lead on 82 minutes when Kaleem Simon shot home Philip Gannon's cross.

Sligo hit back right on 90 minutes, Elding punishing a blunder by Town keeper Paul Skinner to flick a header over him to the net.

Longford Town: Skinner; Haverty (Mulhall, 38), Gorman, Sullivan, Powell; Shannon (Simon, 62), Gannon, O'Connor, Ben Mohamed; Kelly, Shaw (O'Sullivan, 79).

Sligo Rovers: Brush; Keane, Peers, Clancy, Donelon; Cretaro (Elding, 78), Cawley, Boylan, Myrie-Williams; Corcoran (Hughes, 71), Nielsen (Ledwith, 79).

Referee: Sean Grant (Wexford).

Free-scoring Belgium book ticket to Euros

Belgium romped to a 4-1 win at Andorra last night to seal a place at Euro 2016.

Radja Nainggolan put Belgium on their way in the 19th minute when he struck a 25-yard right-footed shot towards the near post to beat Andorra goalkeeper Ferran Poli.

Belgium doubled their lead three minutes before the interval when Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne drilled a 30-yard free-kick out of Poli's reach. Andorra reduced the arrears six minutes after the restart.

After Belgium's Jan Vertonghen brought down Victor Hugo Moreira in the area, Ildefons Lima converted a penalty with a right-footed shot towards the near post, sending Belgium goalkeeper Simon Mignolet the other way.

The Belgians restored their two-goal advantage in the 56th minute, also with a spot-kick. Chelsea winger Eden Hazard converted the opportunity after Oscar Sonejee's handball.

The visitors all but put the result beyond doubt in the 64th minute when debutant Laurent Depoitre tapped in Dries Mertens' cross.

Italy seal automatic group qualifying place

Italy qualified for the Euro 2016 finals when they won 3-1 in Azerbaijan yesterday to make sure of one of the two automatic qualifying places from Group H.

Eder opened the scoring for the visitors after 11 minutes, when he collected an incisive through ball from Marco Verratti, and slid the ball home past Kamran Agayev.

Azerbaijan equalised 20 minutes later when mistakes by Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci allowed Dmitri Nazarov to score. Italy regained the lead two minutes before the break when a good move involving Graziano Pelle and Antonio Candreva ended with Stephan El Shaarawy planting the ball into an empty net. The third Italian goal came in the 65th minute with Manchester United's Matteo Darmian took advantage of a loose ball on the edge of the Azerbaijan box before smashing home past 'keeper Agayev.

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