Giggs will make Wales bet­ter, in­sists King

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Smyth grabs win­ner on North­ern Ire­land de­but

Paul Smyth scored a last-gasp win­ner for North­ern Ire­land four min­utes into his de­but against South Korea. The 20-year-old QPR winger, who played 90 min­utes for the Un­der-21s on Thurs­day, fired home four min­utes from time at Wind­sor Park to give his side a 2-1 vic­tory. The South Kore­ans went ahead through Kwon Chang-hoon but lev­elled when a free-kick rou­tine led to a Kim Min-jae own goal. Wales mid­fielder Andy King paid trib­ute to Ryan Giggs’s in­flu­ence af­ter one game in charge of the na­tional team. Fol­low­ing the 6-0 win over China in mid­week, King said: “You can’t hope to work for any­one bet­ter in terms of what they achieved as a player and how pro­fes­sional they were. The fact we have come in af­ter win­ning 6-0, and there’s things he wants to im­prove on, shows we are go­ing to have to live up to high stan­dards.”

Charl­ton shock Ply­mouth to give Bowyer per­fect start

Lee Bowyer had a dream start as Charl­ton care­taker man­ager as his side beat in-form Ply­mouth 2-0. Bowyer was placed in tem­po­rary charge af­ter Karl Robin­son left for Ox­ford last week. Lewis Page opened the scor­ing with his first se­nior goal. Then Wolves loa­nee Michal Zyro added a sec­ond as Ply­mouth suf­fered a first de­feat in nine matches. went top of League One with a 1-0 win over

McNulty’s hat-trick fires Coven­try play-off push

Marc McNulty scored a sec­ond-half hat-trick as Coven­try con­tin­ued their League Two play-off push with a 4-0 home win over strug­gling Grimsby. Peter Vin­centi opened the scor­ing be­fore McNulty grabbed his three goals in the fi­nal half hour, lash­ing into the top cor­ner to com­plete the rout with three min­utes left. missed the chance to put pres­sure on the top two as they were held to a goal­less draw by

Ver­tonghen says Bel­gium must re­alise po­ten­tial

Jan Ver­tonghen ad­mit­ted time is run­ning out for Bel­gium’s golden gen­er­a­tion to ful­fill its po­ten­tial. The Spurs de­fender will form part of one of the most tal­ented squads in Rus­sia, play­ing Eng­land in the group stage. Ver­tonghen. 30, said: “I am one of the youngest! We have play­ers like [Vin­cent] Kom­pany, [Thomas] Ver­mae­len, my­self and Toby Alderweireld who are around our 30s, when you should be at your best. We are now.”

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