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Mehdi narrowly defeated

Lewandowski and Co held at the death

A stoppage-time equaliser from Ireland sub Shane Long denied Robert Lewandowski and his Poland team-mates of a victory in a EURO 2016 qualifying thriller in Dublin on Sunday night as the teams ended up deadlocked at 1-1. The point was enough to ensure the Poles stay top of qualifying Group D with 11 points from five matches, with Germany and Scotland on 10 and Ireland now fourth on eight points.

Lewandowski captained his national team in the Irish capital. Midway through a physical and hard-fought first half, Slawomir Peszko handed the East Europeans the lead with a long-range effort. The Irish upped the tempo and laid siege to the visiting goal in the second period. Robbie Keane hit the post on 72 minutes, but Long was on hand to force the ball over the line after a corner and salvage his team a point in the first minute of added time.

Narrow defeat for Benatia and Morocco

Morocco captain Mehdi Benatia led from the front with a great display for his national team on Saturday evening but the FCB centre-back and his team still fell narrowly to South American powerhouses Uruguay. The home side had the better of the friendly, watched by a 39,912 crowd in Agadir, but the visitors netted the only goal of the game when Edison Cavani put away a 50th-minite penalty. Benatia played the full 90 minutes.