Two Saints feature in Saturday action

By SFC Media Sat 08 Sep International
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Steven Davis played the full 90 minutes as Northern Ireland fell to a 2-1 defeat against Bosnia & Herzegovia in their UEFA Nations League opener at Windsor Park.

The hosts were denied what looked a clear penalty inside a minute, when Ervin Zukanovic brought down George Saville in the box after a bright start.

And Michael O’Neill’s men continued to dominate the first-half, but went behind against the run of play when Edin Dzeko drifted out to the left and found Haris Duljevic with a low cross that the forward flicked past Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

It was 2-0 to the visitors on 64 minutes when Craig Cathcart’s header fell short of Peacock-Farrell, allowing Elvis Saric to seize on the loose ball and slide the ball in.

In stoppage time, Davis’s corner delivery was flicked on by Cathcart to Liam Boyce who recycled the ball for Will Grigg to halve the deficit but it was not enough.

Later in the afternoon, Mario Lemina started for Gabon in as they drew 1-1 with Burundi in an African Cup of Nations qualifier.

Stoke City’s Saido Berahino scored on his international debut for Burundi to put them 1-0 up, before Lemina teed up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to equalise late on. The result leaves Gabon in third place in Group C before Mali and today’s opponents.

At Wembley, Alex McCarthy was made to wait for this senior England debut as Gareth Southgate's men fell to a 2-1 defeat to Spain in the UEFA Nations League.

Marcus Rashford put England ahead after 11 minutes, but Spain responded two minutes later through Saul.

And after being provider for the first, Rodrigo then turned in a low cross free-kick at the front post to hand Luis Enrique a first win.

There was to be late drama though when Sergio Ramos's sliced clearance was dropped by David de Gea, allowing Danny Welbeck to tap home. However, the officials deemed there was a foul on the Manchester United man.

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