International round-up: Obiang scores first Equatorial Guinea goal



Pedro Obiang scored his first international goal for Equatorial Guinea as the midfielder helped his side to a 4-1 win over Sudan. 

The Hammers No14 fired home his side's last goal in a fantastic win for the Nzalang Nacional, capping a strong performance away from home in Friday's African Cup of Nations qualifier. 

Obiang started the fixture, earning his second cap for Equatorial Guinea since declaring for the country last year, and helped the team to take a 2-1 lead at half-time. Sudan took the lead through Mohamed Mukkhtar but two penalties, tucked away by captain Emilio Nsue, gave the away side the advantage. 

Pablo Ganet added a third for Equatorial Guinea four minutes after the restart, before Obiang struck to secure an emphatic win. 

Despite the victory, Equatorial Guinea did not qualify for the 2019 AFCON Finals in Egypt after finishing third in Group A with six points from six matches.



The other senior Hammer who could have been in international action, Manuel Lanzini, was not included in Argentina’s matchday squad for the friendly against Venezuela. 

The West Ham jewel was called up after impressing for the Irons since his return from injury, but was not included in the matchday squad by manager and former West Ham loaned defender Lionel Scaloni. 

Argentina found themselves 2-0 down at half-time at home, with Newcastle's Salomon Rondon and Barcelona's Jeison Murillo putting Venezuela ahead. 

Argentina would eventually fall to a 3-1 defeat.