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International Roundup: Mavrias Shines For Greek Under-21 Side

Several Sunderland players were involved in international action this weekend, so here's how they got on.

Tony Marshall

Most these games were played on Friday, and to be quite honest we all had better stuff to do really than write about it at the time, but here's how the Sunderland contingent got on in the first round of fixtures in an international double-header this week.

Jozy Altidore went head to head with strike partner Steven Fletcher, although neither could find a breakthrough in front of a watching Gus Poyet at Hampden park as the friendly encounter between Scotland and the USA finished goalless.

Fletcher had an early chance from a header which he guided wide, before later in the first half slipping in Craig Conway who should have had the home side a goal up.

Fletcher played the full 90-minutes, as did Altidore who kinda just continued what he's been doing for us -- working hard, generally smashing chances wide or straight at the 'keeper and being a bit of a nuisance whilst bringing others into play. Not a great deal to write home about.

Seb Larsson had the most important game of the weekend as Sweden took on Portugal for a place in next years World Cup.

Larsson started for his country and ahead a decent chance to give them a valuable away goal in Lisbon, however he sent a shot wide during a good spell of pressure for the Swedes, who ultimately went on to lose 1-0 thanks to a late effort from Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ki Sung-Yeung played the full game too as South Korea pulled off a very decent win against Switzerland, 2-1 in Seoul. Ji Dong-Won was also present at the game but was an unused substitute.

Speaking of which, Emanuele Giaccherini was also an unused substitute as Italy drew 1-1 in a friendly match with Germany.

You get used to watching quite a few Ireland games when following Sunderland, and Keiren Westwood and John O'Shea both started for a Republic side now packed with Wearside connections.

Martin O'Neill & Roy Keane's side started off well under their tenure and pulled off a 3-0 win against Latvia at the Aviva Stadium.

Our two both played the full game, however had absolutely nothing to do all game as the home side romped to victory under little pressure from the Eastern European minnows.

In better and more interesting news, Ondrej Celustka made his debut for Czech Republic and scored as they beat Canada in a friendly.

The defender redirected a freekick goal-wards, leaving the visiting 'keeper helpless to put his side one up after just three minutes. He went on to play the full 90-minutes for his side.

See the goal for yourself below;


Charis Mavrias rounds things off as he put in a stellar display for the Greek Under-21's as they demolished Sweden in a friendly.

The tricky winger will return to Wearside in fine fettle as he was instrumental in the 5-1 drubbing of the Scandinavians, setting up two goals and scoring another, which you can see below;


More to come on Wednesday when we look at the next round of international fixtures.

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