There were 25 World Cup qualification fixtures played on Friday night in Europe – here are all the Premier League players that hit the back of the net.
With a full fixture list of European World Cup qualifiers, Premier League players played a considerable part in their respective nations’ chances of qualifying for the 2014 event in Brazil.
Premier League managers will dread international fixtures and pray that none of their star men pick up injuries, however some have managed to get on the scoresheet.
Here is a list of all the Premier League players that hit the back of the net in Europe throughout Friday night’s action.
Tomas Rosicky – Czech Republic
The Arsenal midfielder netted for his nation in the 70th minute against Armenia, but is was not good enough to save the Czechs from a shock 2-1 home defeat.
Aaron Ramsey – Wales
The in-form Arsenal man kept up his solid goalscoring start to the season with a goal from the penalty spot against Macedonia. His first-half effort was not enough to save Wales from defeat, as they went down 2-1 in Skopje.
Alvaro Negredo – Spain
Manchester City’s new signing continued to prove that he knows where the back of the net is by coming off the bench to score once more. City team-mate Jesus Navas got the assist as the world champions beat Finland 2-0 away from home.
Robin van Persie – Netherlands
The Manchester United forward netted an injury time penalty to deny Estonia a famous win. The score ended up 2-2. Swansea’s Michel Vorm started in goal for the travelling Dutch side.
Gareth McAuley – Northern Ireland
The West Brom man cancelled out Bruno Alves’ opener to level the scores against Portugal at 1-1. Despite Northern Ireland taking the lead through a strike from Derby County’s Jamie Ward to make it 2-1, Cristiano Ronaldo proved his worth with a second-half hat-trick at Windsor Park to give Portugal a 4-2 win.
Danny Welbeck, Steven Gerrard, Rickie Lambert – England
Goals from the Manchester United, Liverpool and Southampton stars helped Roy Hodgson’s men to an easy 4-0 win over Moldova at Wembley. Welbeck will miss the trip to Kiev to face Ukraine on Tuesday, with the other two sure to play a major role in the Three Lions’ chances of getting a result.
Kevin Mirallas – Belgium
The fancied Belgians were too strong for Scotland at Hampden, winning 2-0. Everton forward Kevin Mirallas scored the decisive second close to the end, linking up with Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke to beat Cardiff’s David Marshall in the home goal.
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