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International Round-Up: Euro 2020 Play-Offs Beckon For Magennis And Henriksen

18 November 2019
In the absence of Sky Bet Championship football, three of the Tigers’ first team contingency were involved in international action with their respective countries on the weekend.

Markus Henriksen helped Norway to a 4-0 win over Faroe Islands on Friday evening. The midfielder was included from the off in the Group F qualifier and played 70 minutes at the Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo before being replaced by Mats Møller Daehli.

Tore Reginiussen and Iver Fossum both scored in the opening eight minutes to put the home side in the driving seat and striker Alexander Soerloth added a quick-fire brace midway through the second half to secure the win.

Norway’s chances of securing automatic qualification for this summer’s tournament were ended by Sweden later in the same evening though as they registered 2-0 win against Romania, but as winners of Nations League Group C3 Lars Lagerbäck’s side are guaranteed at least a play-off spot.

Josh Magennis played the full 90 minutes as Northern Ireland’s slim hopes of qualifying automatically for the Euro 2020 finals ended following their 0-0 draw with the Netherlands in Belfast on Saturday.

However, Sweden’s victory meant that Michael O’Neill’s side are now guaranteed a place in the play-offs next March, with an away tie against Bosnia the most likely scenario as it stands.

Kamil Grosicki, meanwhile, was an unused substitute as Poland recorded a 2-1 win against Israel in their penultimate qualifier.

The 31-year-old winger and his international team-mates have already qualified for the tournament having secured top spot in Group G.