Bolton Trio Taste International Success

  • March 27, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Lee Chung-Yong, Craig Dawson and Marvin Sordell were all on winning sides during the latest round of international fixtures.

After their weekend fixture against Syria was postponed, South Korea returned to action on Tuesday and stepped up their pursuit of a place in the 2014 World Cup with a 2-1 victory over Qatar in Seoul. Wanderers midfielder Chung-Yong played the entire game.

Lee Keunho gave the hosts the lead on the hour, but Khalfan Al Khalfan equalised for Qatar just three minutes later. The game looked set to end in a draw, until Son Heung Min won the game for South Korea in the sixth minute of added time at the end of the second half.

The win moves the Koreans to within one point of group leaders Uzbekistan and will could top the group with victory over Iran in June.

On Monday night, Dawson and Sordell both featured as England U21s secured their ninth successive victory with a 4-0 success over Austria at Brighton & Hove Albion's AMEX Stadium.

Dawson captained the side, who claimed the win thanks to goals from Jonjo Shelvey, Josh McEachran, Sordell and Connor Wickham.

Sordell's goal was his third in 12 caps for the Young Lions, having earlier come on as a substitute for Shelvey.

Meanwhile, Sam Ricketts and Adam Bogdan were unused substitutes as Wales and Hungary both failed to pick up wins in their World Cup qualifying fixtures.

After a poor display against Scotland last week, Ricketts was dropped to the bench as Wales slipped to a 2-1 defeat to Croatia at Swansea City's Liberty Stadium.

Gareth Bale had given Chris Coleman's side a 21st minute lead from the penalty spot, but late strikes from Dejan Lovren and former Arsenal forward Eduardo da Silva completed the turnaround.

Bogdan was a surprise call-up to the Hungary side due to a recent groin injury, so Gabor Kiraly continued in goal as his country claimed a 1-1 draw against Turkey in Istanbul.

Burak Yilmaz gave the Turks a 62nd minute lead, but Hungary continue to lead the race for a play-off position after Daniel Bode equalised just nine minutes later to earn a draw.

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