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International Round-Up: Grosicki and Henriksen Shine

06 October 2017
Kamil Grosicki and Markus Henriksen both enjoyed productive nights for their respective countries on Tuesday evening.

Grosicki opened the scoring – his tenth international goal – just two minutes into Poland’s World Cup Qualifier in Armenia, with the winger also claiming two assists in his 72 minutes on the pitch as his country went on to record a comfortable 6-1 win.

The result left the Poles on the verge of World Cup qualification, although Grosicki and his international team-mates still need a point from their final qualifier against Montenegro to clinch top spit in Group E.

Henriksen, meanwhile, played a key role as Norway recorded an emphatic 8-0 win against San Marino. The attacking midfielder opened the scoring with just minutes played, finding the bottom corner with a low strike from just outside the box.

Henriksen also had a hand in his country’s second, third and fourth goals after an impressive first half contribution. After winning a penalty that was converted by Josh King to make it 2-0, the duo combined once again for the AFC Bournemouth man’s second goal of the game.

And the 25-year-old was involved once again as Lars Lagerbäck’s side added a fourth goal before the break, winning the free-kick that was converted by Mohamed Elyounoussi.

Jackson Irvine was an unused substitute as Australia were held to a 1-1 draw by Syria in the first leg of their World Cup Qualifying play-off in Malaysia. The midfielder will be hoping to be involved when the Socceroos host the return leg in Sydney on Tuesday.

Allan McGregor also remained on the bench as Scotland took a massive step towards securing a play-off place by beating Slovakia 1-0 at Hampden Park, with Gordon Strachan’s side needing a win from their final qualifier away to Slovenia to secure second spot in Group F.

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