With Tuesday’s matches over, the second international break of the season is now over. Ahead of the return of league action, which is now on the horizon, there were some excellent performances from the Rossoneri players who took to the pitch for their respective national teams.
First and foremost, Bennacer got on the scoresheet as Algeria comfortably beat Niger 4-0. In Niamey, Ismaël bagged the third goal at the start of the second half, finishing from close range after being picked out by Feghouli. The Algerians have now picked up ten points from four matches and remain top of their World Cup qualifying group.
Meanwhile, Denmark captain Kjær played 90 minutes as his country secured their spot in Qatar with a 1-0 victory over Austria in Copenhagen. It was the Danes’ eighth win in eight games in Group F, with Kasper Hjulmand’s side having scored 27 and conceded zero so far. As for Rafael Leão and Fodé Ballo-Touré, they both made substitute appearances yesterday: the former came on in the 73rd minute as Portugal beat Luxembourg 5-0 in Faro, while the latter entered the fray on the 69-minute mark in Namibia 1-3 Senegal in Johannesburg. Fikayo Tomori remained on the bench as England were held to a 1-1 draw by Hungary in London.
An Italy U21 side featuring Tonali also drew, with Sweden pegging back the Azzurrini late on. It seemed like Paolo Nicolato’s side were heading top of their European qualifying group with a 1-0 win, but the Swedes’ late equaliser meant the Scandinavians ended the day in first place (although they’ve played one game more than Italy). Sandro played 90 minutes as the team’s captain. Pierre Kalulu also remained on the pitch throughout in France U21s’ 3-0 victory over Serbia. Daniel Maldini wasn’t involved in Italy U20 1-1 Portugal U20 in the European Elite League.
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