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Nani shines on international stage

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Nani scored twice for Portugal. (©PAphotos)
Nani scored twice for Portugal. (©PAphotos).

On an international break of mixed fortunes for Manchester United players, it was winger Nani who enjoyed the most success with his country.

The 24-year-old scored the first two goals for Portugal in an entertaining 5-3 victory against Iceland at the Estádio Do Dragão, keeping Paulo Bento's side top of European Championship qualifying Group H.

However, a draw against Denmark in Copenhagen on Tuesday night is needed to secure the nation's safe passage to the competition proper in Ukraine.

England have already cemented their place in the knock-out phases after picking up a point in Montenegro, but it was a night to forget for Wayne Rooney as the striker saw red midway through the second-half of a 2-2 draw.

Ashley Young opened the scoring for the Three Lions with a far post header, and the winger turned provider after a lovely through ball from Rooney, sliding a pass across goal for Darren Bent to grab the second.

Phil Jones, a summer acquisition at Old Trafford, made his full international debut at right back.


 

Patrice Evra helped France move to the cusp of qualification in a comfortable 3-0 win against Albania in Paris, but his 45 minute stint for Les Bleus is of concern to the Red Devils as Laurent Blanc confirmed the full back picked up a thigh injury.

The extent of Evra's injury is yet to be fully disclosed, but the 30-year-old is now a doubt for his nation's crucial match against Bosnia on Tuesday (France need a draw to qualify) and could be in a fitness race for the clash against Liverpool on Sunday.

Another defensive injury concern for Sir Alex Ferguson is full-back Fabio, with the young Brazilian limping off during his full debut in a 1-0 friendly victory over Costa Rica.

Neymer scored the only goal of the game in San José, but it will be of scant consolation to the United hierarchy should the young defender miss out at Anfield.

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