Japan cruised to a 6-0 win over Honduras in the Kirin Cup Challenge with Saints' own Maya Yoshida opening the scoring inside the first 10 minutes. Further goals from Honda, Endo, Inui (twice), and Toyoda completed the scoreline.
Tadić and co. beaten by Denmark
Serbia was unable to get their first win of the qualifying campaign as they fell 3-1 against Denmark. Serbia took the lead thanks to Zoran Tosic but Nicklas Bendtner's brace and Simon Kjaer sent Serbia to a defeat. Dušan Tadić played for 71 minutes before being subbed off for Lazar Markovic. Serbia currently sits second from bottom with one point from two games.
France held by Albania
Morgan Schneiderlin played the last 10 minutes of France's encounter against Albania, coming on to replace Moussa Sissoko. Mërgim Mavraj opened the scoring for the guest before Antoine Griezmann leveled the score in the 73rd minute.
Long starts; but Ireland lost
Republic of Ireland lost to Scotland in a feisty encounter at Celtic Park. Shaun Maloney's goal in the second half sealed the win for the host. Shane Long played for 68 minutes before being subbed off for Robbie Brady just before the goal. This result means that Ireland, Scotland, and Germany are all tied with seven points from four games, below group leaders Poland.
Fonte, Gardos wins but did not featured
Skipper José Fonte still waits for his first competitive appearance for Portugal as he was an unused sub in Portugal's 1-0 win over Armenia, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring the winning goal en route to becoming the qualifiers' all-time top scorer. The win took Portugal to second place in Group I with six points from three games, just one point behind Denmark.
Florin Gardos could only watch as his teammate defeated Northern Ireland 2-0, putting an end to the visitors perfect start. Northern Ireland were without skipper and Saints' midfielder Steven Davis. Romania now leads Group F with 10 points from four games while Northern Ireland trailed by a point in second place.
IN ACTION TODAY:
Emmanuel Mayuka (Mozambique v Zambia, 2pm GMT)
Sadio Mané (Egypt v Senegal, 5pm GMT)
Josh Sims (Poland U-18 v England U-18, 4pm GMT)