Action packed night for Leeds United's Gjanni Alioski as North Macedonia shock Germany, Stuart Dallas close to winner for Northern Ireland, Kalvin Phillips helps England beat Poland

It was an action packed night for Leeds United on the world stage, with Kalvin Phillips involved in England's win over Poland and Stuart Dallas helping Northern Ireland to a draw with Bulgaria, but the result of the night belonged to Gjanni Alioski.

Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 10:09 pm
SHOCK RESULT - Gjanni Alioski and North Macedonia overcame Germany 2-1 in World Cup Qualifying, despite the Leeds United man giving away a penalty for a foul on Leroy Sane. Pic: Getty

The Whites left-back played the majority of North Macedonia's shock 2-1 win over Germany in World Cup Qualifying.

Alioski's dangerous low cross brought the visitors' first moment of danger, though none of his team-mates were able to get on the end of it.

The Macedonians did take the lead in first half stoppage time but Alioski's foul on Leroy Sané handed Germany a penalty that Ilkay Gundogan converted to level in the second half.

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With five minutes remaining Eljif Elmas hit the net to give North Macedonia a huge win over the Germans. Alioski departed in stoppage time, replaced by Kire Ristevski.

There was no place in Spain boss Luis Enrique's starting line-up to face Kosovo for central defender Diego Llorente, who was replaced at half-time of their previous game against Georgia.

Spain ran out 3-1 winners tonight.

In Belfast, Stuart Dallas hit the bar in the first half of Northern Ireland's 0-0 draw with Bulgaria, from a Josh Magennis cross.

Late on in the game former Leeds goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell made a vital save from Dimitar Illiev to protect the clean sheet and the point.

Kalvin Phillips has now played more minutes of the March internationals than any of Gareth Southgate's other outfield players and lasted the distance against Poland at Wembley tonight in a 2-1 win.

He was paired again with West Ham's Declan Rice in the midfield and the duo were dominant in a first half that saw England take the lead through Harry Kane's penalty.

England struggled to create much in the way of danger in the second half until a corner was nodded back by Stones and Harry Maguire lashed home the winner with five minutes remaining.

It was a solid enough display from Phillips, although he was better in the first half. He finished the game with a 96 per cent passing accuracy, recovered the ball eight times and made two interceptions.

Poland were without Phillips' Leeds team-mate Mateusz Klich for the game. The midfielder tested positive for Covid-19 last week and has been self-isolating in a hotel before his return to England. He's expected to be available for Leeds' Premier League clash with Sheffield United on Saturday.