International success for Tadić and Boufal

By SFC Media Tue 27 Mar International
Photo by Getty Images | Dušan Tadić

World Cup duo Dušan Tadić and Sofiane Boufal were both on the winning side as a total of six Southampton players were in action for their countries tonight.

Tadić played virtually the whole game as Serbia defeated Nigeria 2-0 at The Hive Stadium in Barnet thanks to a second-half brace from Fulham’s on-loan Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrović.

Boufal was a half-time substitute for Morocco, who won their fifth straight international as Ayoub El Kaabi and Manuel da Costa were on target in victory over Uzbekistan by the same scoreline.

At youth level, there was an unhappy ending to Republic of Ireland Under-19s’ Euro qualifying campaign, as Saints trio Tom O’Connor, Jonathan Afolabi and Michael Obafemi were on the receiving end of a 4-0 defeat in Portugal.

Midfielder O’Connor played the full 90 minutes, while striker Obafemi replaced club teammate Afolabi 18 minutes from time in a game Ireland had to win to reach this summer’s finals in Finland.

Elsewhere, England Under-20s fared much better against their Portuguese counterparts at Manchester City’s Academy Stadium, where Josh Sims came on as a late substitute.

Chris Willock, Keinan Davis and Easah Suliman were on target as the Young Lions eased to a 3-0 victory.

Jan Bednarek was an unused substitute as Poland Under-21s climbed to the top of their Euro 2019 qualifying group with a 1-0 win at home to Lithuania.

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