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Magnusson on the brink of the World Cup

Hordur Magnusson is 90 minutes away from booking his plane flight to the World Cup in Russia next summer.

The City defender played the entire 90 minutes as Iceland recorded a superb 3-0 win in Turkey tonight, taking them top of Group I.

They jumped above Croatia, who conceded a last-gasp equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Finland in Zagreb.

It leaves Iceland requiring victory at home to group whipping boys Kosovo - who have just one point to their name - to confirm automatic qualification for the 2018 World Cup.

Meanwhile, Callum O'Dowda earned his first competitive start for Republic of Ireland in their comfortable World Cup qualifying win over Moldova in Dublin.

Ireland now face a showdown with Wales in Cardiff on Monday for a place in the European play-offs, or an outside chance of automatic qualification. However, a draw or defeat for the Irish will see them miss out.

Elsewhere, Gustav Engvall completed 81 minutes for Sweden Under-21s in their 1-1 draw in Belgium and West Brom loanee Jonathan Leko was a late substitute in England Under-19s' 1-0 defeat against their Czech Republic counterparts.


Thursday, October 5th
Bailey Wright, Syria 1-1 Australia
Joe Morrell, Liechtenstein Under-21s 1-3 Wales Under-21s
Lloyd Kelly, Italy Under-20s 1-5 England Under-20s

Friday, October 6th
Hordur Magnusson, Turkey 0-3 Iceland
Callum O’Dowda, Republic of Ireland 2-0 Moldova
Gustav Engvall, Belgium Under-21s 1-1 Sweden Under-21s
Jonathan Leko, Czech Republic Under-19s 1-0 England Under-19s

Monday, October 9th
Hordur Magnusson, Iceland v Kosovo
Callum O’Dowda, Wales v Republic of Ireland
Jonathan Leko, Slovakia Under-19s v England Under-19s

Tuesday, October 10th
Bailey Wright, Australia v Syria
Gustav Engvall, Sweden Under-21s v Malta Under-21s
Lloyd Kelly, England Under-20s v Czech Republic Under-21s