internationals03 September 2021


Florenzi, Saelemaekers, Maldini and Bennacer selected as starters

Yesterday evening, Italy returned to the pitch almost two months on from their European Championship triumph at Wembley, drawing 1-1 with Bulgaria at the Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence. The Azzurri sit top of Group C on ten points, with Switzerland currently in second. Alessandro Florenzi started and played 64 minutes for Mancini’s men, who have extended their unbeaten run to 35 matches.

Saelemaekers also took to the pitch as a starter for Belgium, with the Red Devils coming from behind to beat Estonia 5-2. Alexis was selected on the right flank in Martinez’s 3-5-2 formation and was replaced in the 66th minute, by which time his country was 4-1 up.

Bennacer also played for the first half as Algeria thrashed Djibouti on matchday one in African World Cup qualifying. The final score was 8-0, with Isma getting some minutes under his belt.

Pierre Kalulu scored a great goal for France U21s: the right-back played 90 minutes and found the net with a fantastic lob in a 3-0 victory over North Macedonia. Daniel Maldini also took to the pitch for Italy U20s in the U20 Elite League: Alberto Bollini’s side beat Poland 2-0 in Lomza, with Daniel selected as a starter.

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