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International Round-Up

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12:00 6th March 2014

Positive results for Arnautovic, Adam and Guidetti

CITY'S ATTACKING options provided the cheer in a largely disappointing round of international fixtures on Wednesday evening.

Marko Arnautovic helped Austria to a well-fought draw against England's World Cup opponents Uruguay, Charlie Adam came on Scotland's win in Poland, whilst John Guidetti scored directly from a free kick for Sweden at Under-21 level.

But it was to be a disappointing night for the majority of their Stoke City team-mates who suffered a forgettable night in the colours of their national teams.

Asmir Begovic was left rueing some poor defensive play by Bosnia as they lost 2-0 to Egypt in their final pre-World Cup match on European soil.

The City number one could do little to stop second half strikes from Gedo and Chelsea’s Mohamed Salah in the friendly match played out in the Austrian city of Innsbruck.

The United States were also defeated in their World Cup preparation game against Ukraine.

Jurgen Klinsmann named a squad almost entirely of European-based players with three Potters stars featuring in the 2-0 defeat in Cyprus.

Geoff Cameron played the full ninety-minutes at right back as he looked to rubber-stamp his place on the plane for Brazil, whilst Brek Shea and Juan Agudelo also had chances to impress from the bench.

Shea came on for the US just after the hour mark whilst Agudelo replaced Sunderland's Jozy Altidore for the final five minutes.

Stoke's Irish trio also suffered defeat, as Serbia ended Martin O'Neill's unbeaten start in the hotseat with a 2-1 triumph at the Aviva Stadium.

Glenn Whelan skippered the side in the absence of John O'Shea, as O'Neill chose to give former Potter Richard Keogh the chance to line-up alongside Marc Wilson in central defence.

Jonathan Walters then came on for the Republic's goalscorer Shane Long on 72 minutes, whilst Whelan was withdrawn for Stephen Quinn with ten minutes remaining.

There was some good news though, as Arnautovic played 81-minutes in Austria's 1-1 draw against Uruguay in Klagenfurt.

The Austrians opened the scoring through Marc Janko but Alvaro Pereira equalised to ensure the World Cup finalists weren't left with egg on their faces.

Adam and Scotland earned a good 1-0 win against Poland in Warsaw with the midfielder coming off the bench to replace Ross McCormack just prior to Scott Brown's winning goal on 77 minutes.

Meanwhile, Jack Butland skipped the England Under-21s to a 1-0 win over Wales at Derby County's iPro Stadium.

Butland saw his former Birmingham City team-mate Nathan Redmond notch the only goal of the game, with the winger taking his form into Saturday's game against the Potters for his new club Norwich City.

The win leaves the Three Lions on the verge of qualifying for the Euro 2015 play-offs with 19 points from seven games putting them top of Group 1.

Also at Under-21 level, Guidetti scored a superb free-kick with 20 minutes left as Sweden rallied from a goal down against Malta to win 2-1.

Aleksander Milosevic cancelled out the host's opener from Ryan Scicluna before City's on-loan striker fired home an unstoppable free kick to win the game.

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