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International roundup: Bogdan goes 90 (and gets very lucky), Davies goes 9, Ream goes 0

Michael Steele

This latest international window came at as strange a time as ever. There were matches played all over the world just three days before the weekend's fixtures and three days before the start of the Premier League with some players flying thousands of miles for a friendly. Three Wanderers were in action yesterday, well, two wanderers in action and one on the bench.

We already told you about Tim Ream's non-involvement in the United States' 3-4 win over Bosnia in Sarajevo. The Bolton defender was dressed and on the bench for the match but Jurgen Klinsmann did not play him in the match, using the starting two central defenders (Geoff Cameron and John Anthony Brooks) for the whole 90 minutes.

Speaking of 90 minutes, Adam Bogdan started and played the whole match for Hungary in a 1-1 draw with the Czech Republic. The visitors broke the deadlock in the 23rd minute through Libor Kozák when a defensive breakdown following a Petr Jiracek pass that put Kozák in completely unmarked at the far post. He finished easily enough from three yards out. Bogdan probably should have been punished in the 56th minute when Jiracek missed the wide open net from all of two yards out (below). Hungary would end up getting a draw from the penalty spot through Balazs Dzsudzsak just a minute after the miss.

Finally, Craig Davies was an 81st minute substitute in Wales 0-0 draw with the Republic of Ireland, coming on for Jack Collison. The Bolton striker managed just one shot and it was to no avail.