Saints star's World Cup boost

Maya Yoshida

Maya Yoshida

First published in Sport

Gaston Ramirez played the second half of Uruguay’s 3-1 friendly victory in Poland last night.

Saints’ club record signing was brought on at the interval for Edinson Cavani, who had put the visitors 2-0 up after Kamil Glik’s early own-goal.

Ludovic Obraniak did pull one back for Poland shortly after the hour mark, but Liverpool’s Luis Suarez restored Uruguay’s two-goal lead almost immediately.

Elsewhere, Saints defender Maya Yoshida helped Japan move to the brink of qualification for the 2014 World Cup.

The centre half played the entire game, as Alberto Zaccheroni’s side won 2-1 in Oman thanks to Shinji Okazaki’s last-minute winner.

Japan top their group, in the Asian section, with 13 points from five matches and are on course to secure an early passage to Brazil in two years’ time.

Also in World Cup qualifying action was midfielder Steven Davis, who skippered Northern Ireland to a 1-1 draw against Azerbaijan at Windsor Park.

Despite creating a raft of chances, the hosts needed an injury-time equaliser from substitute David Healy to salvage a point, further denting the already slim hopes they had of advancing.

Saints forward Emmanuel Mayuka was in action as well, helping reigning African champions Zambia record a 1-0 win over South Africa in the traditional Nelson Mandela Challenge fixture, in Soweto.

The players will now return to Southampton to be assessed ahead of Saturday’s trip to QPR.

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10:33pm Wed 14 Nov 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

A fairly good night for Saints players, just hope they all come back in one piece.
A fairly good night for Saints players, just hope they all come back in one piece. OSPREYSAINT
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10:51pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Tirau Dan says...

Good on you all.. Safe trip back :)
Good on you all.. Safe trip back :) Tirau Dan
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10:59pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Rising_Son says...

Well done, lads. Here's hoping you continue with your (mostly) winning ways.
Well done, lads. Here's hoping you continue with your (mostly) winning ways. Rising_Son
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12:15am Thu 15 Nov 12

Red n White says...

Amazing how far Northern Ireland seem to have fallen. 6 years ago they beat England 1-0 and Spain 3-2. Now they need a last minute equaliser to get a draw v Azerbaijan at home
Amazing how far Northern Ireland seem to have fallen. 6 years ago they beat England 1-0 and Spain 3-2. Now they need a last minute equaliser to get a draw v Azerbaijan at home Red n White
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1:11am Thu 15 Nov 12

AmsterdamSaint says...

It is amazing that Norn Iron have fallen so low. I am from Belfast ( moved to Amsterdam 12 years ago ) and half of our team have deserted to the south which ironically is making us a Protestant team when we were always the most mixed team on the island of Ireland. Sad really.
It is amazing that Norn Iron have fallen so low. I am from Belfast ( moved to Amsterdam 12 years ago ) and half of our team have deserted to the south which ironically is making us a Protestant team when we were always the most mixed team on the island of Ireland. Sad really. AmsterdamSaint
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8:15am Thu 15 Nov 12

Saintsayer II says...

A bit more game time for Ramirez can only be good for us
A bit more game time for Ramirez can only be good for us Saintsayer II
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8:39am Thu 15 Nov 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

AmsterdamSaint wrote:
It is amazing that Norn Iron have fallen so low. I am from Belfast ( moved to Amsterdam 12 years ago ) and half of our team have deserted to the south which ironically is making us a Protestant team when we were always the most mixed team on the island of Ireland. Sad really.
That is an amazing insight to the problem, maybe the set up at lower levels has been short changed and the conveyor belt of young talent isn't being given the ability to come through the system to be noticed?
[quote][p][bold]AmsterdamSaint[/bold] wrote: It is amazing that Norn Iron have fallen so low. I am from Belfast ( moved to Amsterdam 12 years ago ) and half of our team have deserted to the south which ironically is making us a Protestant team when we were always the most mixed team on the island of Ireland. Sad really.[/p][/quote]That is an amazing insight to the problem, maybe the set up at lower levels has been short changed and the conveyor belt of young talent isn't being given the ability to come through the system to be noticed? OSPREYSAINT
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