Internationals | Hwang scores winner for South Korea

Hee Chan Hwang’s first-half penalty was enough for South Korea to claim victory over United Arab Emirates in their 2022 World Cup qualifier.

The Korean was one of four Wolves players in international action for their countries on Thursday, ahead of a busy schedule for the rest of the gold and black players away with their countries this week.

With World Cup qualification on the line for many of those who usually play in old gold, rounds up the action which took place yesterday involving Bruno Lage’s players.

Hee Chan Hwang | South Korea 1-0 United Arab Emirates

The first player up this week was Hwang, who claimed his usual place on the right of a front three for South Korea as they looked to maintain their unbeaten record in AFC qualifying for next winter’s World Cup against the UAE. And it was the Wolves winger who claimed the only goal of the game after In-Beom Hwang had been felled in the penalty area. Hwang stepped up and calmly slotted the ball into the bottom right corner of the goal to secure the three points for his country, leaving them in second place in Group A, two points behind leaders Iran.

Jose Sa, Nelson Semedo, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho | Ireland 0-0 Portugal

From the quartet of Wolves’ Portuguese contingent out in Dublin for their UEFA World Cup qualifier, only Nelson Semedo started the contest against the Republic of Ireland. In his usual position of right-back, Semedo put in a commanding performance, making a crucial tackle to deny an almost certain goal from the hosts. Jose Sa and Ruben Neves remained on the bench, but Joao Moutinho was later introduced to the action, but he was unable to affect proceedings at the other end of the field, as Portugal had to settle for a point, meaning Sunday’s final qualifier with Serbia – who are level on points at the top of Group A – will be a winner-takes-all clash.

Morgan Gibbs-White | England U21 3-1 Czech Republic U21

Currently on loan at Sheffield United, Academy graduate Morgan Gibbs-White was back in the England under-21 squad for their U21 Euro Championship qualifier against the Czech Republic but had to accept a starting birth among the substitutes at Turf Moor. England were ahead 3-1 when Gibbs-White was introduced on 77 minutes, following a brace from Everton’s Anthony Gordon and a strike from Arsenal’s Forlain Balogun, and that was how the scores remained, with the young lions closing the gap on the Czechs at the top of Group G to just two points, but with a game in hand.

Louie Moulden | Portugal U20 2-0 England U20

Wolves’ third-string goalkeeper Louie Moulden was one of just three unused substitutes for England under-20, as the side fell to a two-goal defeat to Portugal in Leiria in their final outing of 2021. A pair of second-half goals from Bernardo Couto and Filipe Cruz were enough to overcome a young England side who were playing their only fixture of the November international window.

Coming up…

Several Wolves players are in World Cup qualifying action today, with Conor Coady and England taking on Albania this evening, while Romain Saiss is expected to captain Morocco against Sudan. Fabio Silva and Ki-Jana Hoever will also hope to be involved in their country’s U21 Euro Championship qualification, as Portugal travel to Cyprus and Netherlands host Bulgaria.

Saturday sees Leander Dendoncker’s Belgium host Estonia in World Cup qualification, while Willy Boly and the Ivory Coast take on Mozambique, and Raul Jimenez and Mexico face a crucial clash away in the USA.