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Dundalk player scores for Faroes in World Cup qualifier against Austria

Sonni Nattestad gave the Faroe Islands a first-half lead against Austria.

Nattestad's header put the Faroes in front.
Nattestad's header put the Faroes in front.
Image: Ronald Zak

IT IS NOT everyday that a League of Ireland player scores in a World Cup qualifier.

But it happened tonight as Dundalk defender, Sonni Nattestad, gave the Faroe Islands license to dream this evening, his opening goal putting the minnows 1-0 up against Austria. In the end they lost 3-1.

The Faroes famously defeated Austria 1-0 in September 1990, in their first competitive international while Nattestad became the first Dundalk player to score an international goal in 85 years, following on from Joey Donnelly, who scored twice in a 5-2 win over Germany in 1936.

Elsewhere, Bayern Munich’s Serge Gnabry registered the 15th goal of his international career, as Germany defeated Romania 1-0 in Bucharest. Across the border in Sofia, Torino’s Andrea Belotti’s penalty and Manuel Locatelli’s goal were enough to secure three points for Italy against Bulgaria.

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austria-faroe-islands-wcup-2022-soccer Nattestad reacts after scoring. Source: Ronald Zak

In this evening’s other games, Armenia defeated Iceland 2-0 in Yerevan; Poland were comfortable 3-0 winners over Andorra; Hungary travelled home from San Marino with a 3-0 victory. Finally, North Macedonia defeated Liechtenstein 5-0.

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