Norwich City star Robbie Brady helps set up Irish friendly win over Timm Klose’s Switzerland
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Norwich City boss Alex Neil will have been a relieved man as three of his players came through unscathed from an international friendly against Switzerland.
Robbie Brady was in the Republic of Ireland starting line-up with Wes Hoolahan coming off the bench against the Swiss, who started with their Carrow Road team-mate Timm Klose at the heart of their defence. Brady played the full 90 minutes, as did Klose, while Hoolahan replaced Ipswich's Daryl Murphy with 11 minutes remaining.
Brady was involved with the only goal of the game, scored by Ciaran Clark. It was the City man's second-minute corner which was met by Shane Duffy, who helped it on towards central defensive partner Clark, who gleefully headed home from point-blank range to send a Good Friday crowd of 35,450 home from the Aviva Stadium with smiles on their faces.
Two other Norwich City players could be in African Cup of Nations qualifying action on Saturday. Sebastien Bassong is with Cameroon for a home clash with South Africa and loan striker Dieumerci Mbokani is with the Democratic Republic of Congo, who host Angola. The second legs of both ties are scheduled for Tuesday.
Canaries youngsters Harry Toffolo and James Maddison are on England Under-20 duty, against Canada in Doncaster on Sunday (4pm).