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International watch: Eidur Gudjohnsen scores on Iceland return

29 March 2015

Veteran forward nets 25th international goal against Kazakhstan

Eidur Gudjohnsen marked his Iceland return with a goal as they beat Kazakhstan 3-0 in their latest Euro 2016 qualifier.

Making his first appearance for his country since their World Cup play-off exit to Croatia in November 2013, Iceland’s record goalscorer wasted no time in reintroducing himself to supporters, as he side-footed home in the 20th minute to fire his nation ahead. 

Completing 83 minutes before being substituted, the strike from the edge of the area was Gudjohnsen’s 25th international goal and first for five-and-a-half years.

Next up for Eidur and Iceland is a friendly with Estonia on Tuesday 31 March (6pm).

Coming on as a 74th minute substitute against Gilbraltar, Barry Bannan was also in the thick of the action as Scotland recorded a 6-1 victory at Hampden Park on Sunday night.

An unused sub for the Scots against Northern Ireland last week, Bannan helped Jordan Rhodes create Steven Fletcher’s second goal of the night within moments of coming on, before setting up the Sunderland man for his hat-trick himself in the dying embers of the match.

Elsewhere in Euro 2016 qualification, Simeon Slavchev came on for the final five minutes to win his fourth international cap as Bulgaria drew 2-2 at home to Italy.  

Meanwhile, Adam Bogdan was an unused substitute in Hungary’s latest Euro 2016 qualifier as they drew 0-0 at home to Greece, while Tim Ream was also an unused substitute as USA lost 3-2 to Denmark in an international friendly.

In UEFA Under 21 European Championship qualification, Conor Wilkinson completed 72 minutes as Republic of Ireland started their campaign with 1-0 home victory over Andorra.

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