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Ronald Koeman needs Romelu Lukaku to get Everton back on track

Everton's Romelu Lukaku looks dejected

Wayne Rooney heading back to Everton makes a great story but let’s face it, Ronald Koeman was only answering a question. Probably as keen as anyone else to change the subject after five winless games, the Everton manager was not about to turn down the invitation to wax lyrical about a Goodison old boy, though he has enough problems at the front of his own team without importing an extra enigma from Manchester United.



Republic of Ireland's Robbie Brady goes down after sustaining an injury

Republic of Ireland win ugly but Robbie Brady injury mars result against Georgia

This was never going to be one for the purists and there were times, especially in the first half, when the Republic of Ireland seemed incapable of stringing more than two passes together. However, Séamus Coleman’s first international goal, on his 40th appearance, was sufficient to earn Martin O’Neill’s team their opening win of the qualifying campaign against a battling Georgia.

Wales' Joe Allen celebrates scoring their first goal with Joe Ledley

Marko Arnautovic double frustrates Wales after Joe Allen’s superb opener

For Wales it was a point that could have been three and also came at a cost, yet once the dust settles and Chris Coleman and his players clear their heads, they will come to view this as a valuable result. Despite leading twice, Wales were never in control of the game and Marko Arnautovic ruthlessly capitalised on some slack defending to earn Austria the draw that they deserved.