Strachan off to winning start

FOOTBALL: New Scotland manager Gordon Strachan enjoyed a winning start to his reign last night after Charlie Mulgrew’s first-half strike earned a 1-0 friendly victory over Estonia. Tottenham’s Gareth Bale carried his club form onto the international stage with a goal and an assist as Wales beat Austria 2-1. Republic of Ireland beat Poland 2-0 with goals from Ciaran Clark and Wes Hoolahan, while Northern Ireland were held 0-0 by Malta.