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Mixed results for Rovers duo

15 November 2014

There was differing fortunes for Rovers stars Grant Hanley and Corry Evans in Euro 2016 qualifiers on Friday night.

Scotland produced another impressive performance to beat the Republic of Ireland 1-0 at Celtic Park, but Northern Ireland's perfect start in Group F came to an end following a 2-0 defeat away to Romania.

It was an eventful evening in Glasgow for Rovers skipper Hanley, who received an early booking and headed a stoppage-time free-kick against his own bar. 

Wigan Athletic's Shaun Maloney scored the only goal of the game on 74 minutes - a sublime shot from the edge of the area after a well-worked short corner routine with two team-mates.

The win sees Gordon Strachan's side move up to third in Group D, level on points with second-place Germany and just three behind table-toppers Poland, who both enjoyed 4-0 victories on Friday night.

The Scots return to Celtic Park on Tuesday night for an International Challenge Match against England.

Over in Bucharest, there was disappointment for Rovers midfielder Evans, as Northern Ireland's three-match winning run came to an end against Romania.

Two late goals from full-back Paul Papp secured the points for the hosts, who leapfrogged Northern Ireland into top spot in Group F.

Evans started for Michael O'Neill's men, but was replaced just seconds before Papp scored his second goal of the game on 79 minutes.

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