INTERNATIONAL ROUND-UP: Williams wins 50th cap as Wales stun Israel

30th March 2015

Swans skipper Ashley Williams won his 50th cap for Wales as he led his country to a sensational 3-0 win in Israel.

Williams and Swans team-mate Neil Taylor both featured for the full 90 minutes as Chris Coleman's side went top of their group in Euro 2016 qualifying following Aaron Ramsey's opener and a Gareth Bale brace.

The result leaves Wales ahead of Israel and Belgium - who they meet in June - by two points and three points respectively, though the leaders have played a game more.

There was heartbreak for Poland's Lukasz Fabianski as he looked to be on course for a cleansheet and victory against Republic of Ireland in Dublin, but a last-gasp goal from Southampton's Shane Long earned the hosts a draw.

Poland remain top of Group D ahead of Germany and Scotland by one point after five games.

Gylfi Sigurdsson's Iceland look on course to qualify after they recorded a convincing 3-0 win in Kazakhstan.

The Swans midfielder also played for the full 90 as Iceland sit a point behind leaders Czech Republic while they are five ahead of third-placed Holland.

Sigurdsson and Iceland will be in action again on Tuesday as they travel to Estonia for a friendly.

Ki Sung-Yueng came off the bench after 32 minutes in South Korea's friendly draw with Uzbekistan in Daejeon as coach Uli Stielike named an experimental side for the Asian Cup runners-up.

South Korea host New Zealand on Tuesday in a friendly match.

Jefferson Montero was replaced two minutes before the break as Ecuador were beaten 1-0 by Mexico in front of 88,000 fans in Los Angeles.

Montero almost equalised for Ecuador after Javier Hernandez had given Mexico the lead, but the Swans winger was denied by a fantastic save from his close-range effort.

Ecuador are due to take on Argentina in New York on Tuesday.

At under-23 level, Giancarlo Gallifuoco featured for Australia in their 4-0 win over hosts Chinese Taipei.

After defeating Hong Kong 6-0 on Friday, the Socceroos backed that up with another convincing victory over Chinese Taipei in the race for qualification for the AFC Championship, which is being held in Qatar later this year.

It also doubles up as the qualification tournament for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Australia take on Myanmar on Tuesday knowing victory will guarantee their place at both tournaments.

Meanwhile, loanee Tom Carroll scored the only goal as he captained England Under-21s to a 1-0 friendly win in the Czech Republic on Friday.

He fired home after 47 minutes before manager Gareth Southgate took him off six minutes later after taking a slight knock.

Carroll will hope to be involved in the under-21s' friendly with Germany in Middlesbrough tonight (7.45pm).

Stephen Kingsley made his first appearance for Scotland Under-21s as they came from behind to beat Hungary.

Kingsley came off the bench a minute after the hosts had taken the lead, but Scotland struck twice in the last five minutes to record a friendly victory.

Goalkeeper Gregor Zabret captained Slovenia Under-21s as they went down 2-0 to Ukraine. Zabret is set to feature again today as Slovenia host Macedonia.

Matt Grimes was on target from the spot as England Under-20s beat Mexico after a penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw.

Grimes came off the bench in the final 20 minutes before he kept his cool to slot home one of England penalties.

The youngster then featured for the full 90 minutes as the under-20s beat USA 2-1 on Sunday to cap a successful few days for the midfielder.

Finally, Swans trio Liam Shephard, Josh Sheehan and Ryan Hedges are expected to be involved in Wales Under-21s' Uefa qualifier with Bulgaria in Cardiff on Tuesday (7pm).