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INTERNATIONAL ROUND-UP

INTERNATIONAL ROUND-UP

By: Hibernian Media on 07 Sep, 2019 11:36

We know many of you will be missing your fix of Hibernian during the international break, but it's been a busy week for the five Hibees off around the globe representing their respective countries.

Glenn Middleton/Ryan Porteous (Scotland Under-21)

Glenn Middleton starred for Scotland's Under-21s as they kicked off their UEFA Under-21 Championship qualification campaign with a 2-0 win over San Marino in Paisley.

With regular frontman Fraser Hornby missing out through injury, Glenn was deployed through the middle and responded with a poacher's finish for the second goal which clinched all three points.

His performance drew praise from Under-21 coach Scott Gemmill, who said: "I know Glenn can play through the middle, having worked with him before.

"Out of possession he will run all day and I wanted to put their goalie unde pressure. I thought Glenn did that well.

"He's not happy he didn't score the chance just before his goal but he has got that hunger to score.

"Yes, he missed once chance but it's not going to stop him trying to take others."

You can see highlights from the game - including Glenn's goal - here.

Scotland followed that up with a hugely impressive 2-1 win in Croatia, when they fought back from going a goal behind to turn the tide late on.

Glenn was pivotal to the fightback, with a great blend of graft and graft to kickstart things.

Chasing back to the half-way line, he won the ball before bursting by two Croatians on the left wing.

He cut back for Connor McLennan, who rifled in the leveller before heading the winner.

Ryan Porteous played the full 90 minutes and won rave reviews for his performance in the heart of defence.

Rested for the first game as he is carefully managed on his return from long-term injury, he was named Man of the Match.

You can watch the highlights from the game - including Glenn's assist - here. 

Ofir Marciano (Israel)

Everyone at Easter Road was delighted to see Ofir Marciano make his first appearance for Israel in two-and-a-half-years.

While the popular shot-stopper is a regular in the Israeli national squad, he's had to bide his time for a chance between the sticks and he took it with an impressive performance in the 1-1 draw against North Macedonia. 

One typically acrobatic save, in particular, proved popular on social media.

Ofir retained his place in the starting line-up but ended up on the losing side, as Israel slipped to a 3-2 defeat in Slovenia.

Regardless of the result, Ofir is expected to keep his place for Israel’s next game against Austria and received some words of praise from his international coaching staff.

Israel’s national team coach, Andy Herzog, said: “Marciano was huge. He admittedly conceded three goals but, 100 per cent, saved five more.”

Goalkeeping coach Klaus Lindenberger added: “Ofir had a great performance. Bringing him in was something we had to do.”

Vykintas Slivka (Lithuania)

Vykintas featured as a second-half substitute for Lithuania in their 3-0 home defeat to Ukraine, with his performance enough to merit a start in the follow-up contest against Portugal.

Vyki played the full 90 minutes but he and his team-mates could do little to prevent four-goal Cristiano Ronaldo from running riot - with the Portuguese comfortable 5-1 winners on the night. 

Yrik Galantes (Philippines)

Development Squad attacker Yrik, who is currently enjoying a loan spell with Lowland League side Gala Fairydean Rovers, is away with the Philippines national squad for the first time after impressing in a recent training camp.

Yrik was an unused substitute in their opening 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Syria but was handed his debut - and a starting slot - in the 4-1 away win over Guam. 

Head Coach Scott Cooper enthused about his potential after that first run-out.

He said: "We wanted a player who would attack people and dribble.

"Galantes showed in the first few minutes that he can definitely do that.

"The end product was just what you'd expect from a young player. It wasn't quite there yet but he looked dangerous."

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