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International round-up: World Cup joy for Blakstad

There were three City players in action this evening and two unused subs on a positive night for our stars.

Julie Blakstad played the full 90 minutes for Norway in their World Cup qualifier away to Belgium.

The top-of-the-table Group F clash saw the Norwegians go into the game three points ahead of the second-placed Belgians.

Both sides had been prolific, scoring an incredible 90 goals between them in just 18 games.

Winning her 19th international cap, Blakstad, who joined City from Rosenberg in the summer was impressive throughout.

Tuva Hansen’s goal on the hour was enough to settle the clash in the Norwegians’ favour and ensure they finish top of their group with one game to play and secure qualification for next summer’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Leila Ouahabi and Laia Aleixandri both started on the bench for Spain, who have already booked their place at next summer’s finals, against Hungary.

Real Madrid’s Esther González opened the scoring on 24 minutes, with Irene Paredes doubling the lead three minutes later.

Aleixandri came on at the start of the second half for Paredes and Patricia Guijarro wrapped up a 3-0 victory for the Spaniards on 74.

Kerstin Casparij started for the Netherlands who hosted Scotland in a friendly.

Marisa Olislagers put the Dutch ahead on 10 minutes, but ex-City star Claire Elmslie levelled just two minutes later.

Casparij was replaced on 62 minutes and Fenna Kalma settled the game with an 89th-minute winner for the Dutch.

Elsewhere, Khiara Keating was an unused substitute as England's Under-23s beat Norway 2-1.

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