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International roundup: Beckford's World Cup hopes fading, Bogdan's flying

Chung Sung-Jun

The latest international break has drawn to a close and three Bolton Wanderers men were busy for their respective countries in two matches that were crucial to World Cup qualification hopes and one friendly. Chung-Yong Lee, Jermaine Beckford, and Adam Bogdan all made their long trips away from the Reebok worthwhile, seeing significant minutes on the pitch.

Adam Bogdan's Hungary dropped out of the top two spots in their group over the weekend following an away loss to Romania. On Tuesday night, the team welcomed Estonia to Budapest in what was a must-win match whose best-case scenario was Hungary reclaiming their spot just below the top. Estonia are second bottom of the six-team group but were coming off a very strong 2-2 draw at home against group leaders The Netherlands.

An own goal opened the scoring for Hungary on 11 minutes before they went on two score two more. Estonia attempted to get back in to the match with a goal right after the break but Hungary put it out of reach with a further two goals to seal the score at 5-1.

They now sit on 14 points after eight matches in second place, eight points behind the now out-of-reach Netherlands and a point above Romania. Hungary's remaining games in the group are against the leaders and bottom Andorra.

With two games left to go in the hex, Jermaine Beckford and Jamaica's chances of qualifying are becoming increasingly slim. The Reggae Boyz remain bottom of the group after a 0-0 draw at second-bottom Panama on Friday. In that match, Jamaica's Rodolph Austin was shown a red card at the hour mark, leaving the away side to battle to save a point in the match's dying embers.

On Tuesday, Jamaica welcomed then-group leaders Costa Rica to the Office in what would be a tough match. The Ticos were coming off a strong 3-1 win against the United States at home from the weekend and scored on 73 minutes through Randall Brenes. Jamaica would rescue the point through Jermaine Anderson at the death. Jermaine Beckford was introduced at the half, managing one shot against Costa Rica.

The Reggae Boyz remain bottom of the hex on four points with four points separating them and fourth place.

Finally, Chung-Yong Lee and South Korea welcomed Croatia to Jeonju for a friendly match, having already qualified for the World Cup. The Koreans were coming off a strong friendly win against Haiti last week. Chung-Yong Lee started and went the full 90 minutes in the 2-1 loss, looking dangerous for the home side in the process. The Bolton winger made numerous runs into the box but was foiled by the strong Croatian defense on every occasion. Croatia scored twice in the second half through Domagoj Vida and Nikola Kalinic with Korea's goal coming from Lee Keun-ho in second half stoppage time.