Four in international action


Altidore on song for USA, plus Larsson, Westwood and O'Shea star.

Jozy Altidore fired his way into USA international football history after scoring a hat-trick in the States’ 4-3 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina.

By netting in the clash in Sarajevo, Altidore ensured he become the first USA player to score in five consecutive international matches.

Altidore, who joined the Black Cats from AZ Alkmaar in the summer, provided the assist for Eddie Johnson to score the States’ first goal before he finished neatly from the edge of the area to level the score at 2-2.

The pick of Altidore’s goals was a stunning 25-yard free-kick that gave the visitors an 85th minute lead before he rounded off his hat-trick with another fine finish just a minute later.

Elsewhere, Emanuele Giaccherini played 54 minutes for Italy as Gonzalo Higuain and Ever Banega gave Argentina a 2-1 victory in Rome.

Seb Larsson played 65 minutes as Sweden beat Norway 4-2 in Solna; Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored all four goals for the Swedes to leave him requiring only six goals to become their all-time leading scorer.

Meanwhile, Keiren Westwood played 90 minutes and John O’Shea 54 as the Republic of Ireland drew 0-0 with Wales in Cardiff.

David Vaughan was an unused substitute.