Busy night of qualifiers for Black Cats


Six Sunderland stars in action.

Seb Larsson played 90 minutes and made two assists as Sweden lost an eight-goal thriller with Germany in Solna.

The Swedes were guaranteed a place in the play-off stage of World Cup qualification regardless of the result on Tuesday evening.

Erik Hamren’s side led 2-0 through former Black Cats Tobias Hysen and Fulham winger Alexander Kačaniklić but goals from Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, Bayern Munich’s Mario Gotze and Chelsea’s Andre Schurrle, who bagged a hat-trick, gave Joachim Low’s side a two-goal advantage.

Hysen grabbed his second to set up a tense finish but Schurrle made sure of the points for a Germany side that won nine and drew one of their ten qualification matches.

John O’Shea scored for the Republic of Ireland as the Green Army defeated Kazakhstan 3-1 at the Aviva Stadium.

Dmitri Shomko gave Kazakhstan the lead before Robbie Keane levelled from the penalty spot for Ireland.

O’Shea put the hosts ahead before Andrei Finonchenko put the ball in his own net to double Ireland’s advantage.

David Vaughan played 90 minutes as Wales picked up an impressive 1-1 draw with Belgium in their final World Cup qualifier in Brussels.

Chelsea’s Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring for the Belgians before Aaron Ramsey levelled in the 88th minute for Chris Coleman’s side.

Elsewhere, Jozy Altidore captained the USA for the first time at senior level as two goals in injury-time gave the States a 3-2 victory in Panama.

Luis Tejada looked to have won it for Panama after Gabriel Torres had initially opened the scoring before Michael Orozco equalised for the visitors.

However, Graham Zusi and Aron Johannsson struck in the third and fourth minutes of injury-time to give the USA a dramatic late win.

Meanwhile, Ki Sung-Yueng played 90 minutes as South Korea beat Mali 3-1 in an international friendly in Cheonan.

West Ham United striker Modibo Maiga gave the visitors the lead before Ja-Cheol Koo, Heung-Min Son and Bo-Kyung Kim scored in the space of 22 minutes to win it for Ki’s side.

Charis Mavrias played 77 minutes of Greece under 21s’ victory over Malta as three second-half goals helped them return to winning ways after Friday’s defeat to Turkey.