Stevens among internationals on Saturday – News
Three of Brentford’s players took part in international action on Saturday. Turkey won in the Nations League, while Wales Under-21s suffered a narrow defeat against the Netherlands. Australia’s U23s also battled to qualify for an AFC Asian Cup semi-final.
Halil Dervisoglu played 68 minutes in Turkey’s 2-0 win over Luxembourg. The Nations League game saw the Turkish side score one goal in each half limiting the home side to zero shots on target.
They top Group C1, having also beaten Faroe Islands and Lithuania so far this campaign. They face the latter side on Tuesday night in matchday four of six, before completing the final two fixtures in September.
closer to home, End Stevens played the entirety of Wales U21’s 1-0 loss to the Netherlands at Llanelli. Already knocked out of the qualifying race for the European Championship, Wales fought hard against the team at the top of Group E.
It took until the 86th minute for Lutsharel Geertruida to go home victorious, beyond former Brentford goalkeeper Nathan Shepperd. The Dutch side finished their qualifying campaign unbeaten as the winners of the six-team group, while Wales still have one game to play against Gibraltar on Tuesday.
To finish, Lachlan Creek got 70 minutes as Australia U23 beat Turkmenistan in the quarter-finals of the AFC U23 Asian Cup.
A scrappy game, the winning goal came in the form of an own goal just after Brook left the pitch. Louis D’Arrigo hit a cross towards the far post, which was directed into his own net by Oraz Orazov. Goalkeeper Rasul Charyev tipped him over the crossbar but he fell over the line.
They will face either Saudi Arabia or Vietnam in the semi-finals, with those teams meeting today (Sunday). The other game this afternoon will feature Korea Republic and Japan. They will compete for a chance to face Uzbekistan, who beat Iraq on penalties.
Surprisingly, the home side saw their keeper sent off within the first 10 minutes of the game, but drew 2-2 after extra time and then won 3-2 on kicks.