The international break is finally over, which means that club football will be up and running as usual this weekend. For AC Milan, an away clash with Hellas Verona awaits, but let’s take a look at how the Rossoneri players got on with their respective country.
Bennacer – Algeria
The former Empoli man only had one game on the schedule with his country, taking on Benin in a friendly game. Algeria eventually came away with the win as Slimani scored the winner in the second half. Bennacer played the entire game and provided stability in the midfield.
Calhanoglu – Turkey
The midfielder played a total of 110 minutes for his country during the two games against Andorra and Moldavia. Against the former, he was taken off after 80 minutes after failing to make an impact on the scoresheet.
In the second game, however, he came on with 30 minutes left to play and almost immediately hit the bar with a great volley effort. Fortunately, the rebound was turned in by one of his teammates. Six points in the bag for Turkey, who are tied in first place with France after six games played.
Donnarumma and Romagnoli – Italy
Donnarumma and Romagnoli were both called up to the Azzurri for the games against Armenia and Finland. The duo started the first match, in which they conceded one goal early on. Many argued that the Rossoneri defender could have done better, which most likely was the cause behind him not starting in the second game.
Donnarumma, on the other hand, kept his spot in the starting eleven for the clash with Finland. However, he didn’t get his clean sheet this game either as Pukki scored for the hosts from the spot. On the plus side, Mancini’s men claimed all six points, which is what matters in the end.
Plizzari and Gabbia – Italy U21
A goalkeeper and a defender, just like the senior team. The Azzurrini faced Luxembourg in the Euro qualifiers and managed to win 5-0. Plizzari (loaned out to Livorno) made his debut in goal with the U21 side, while Gabbia remained on the bench for the entire game.
Kessie – Ivory Coast
The midfielder played from start against Benin and Tunisia, registering a total of 180 minutes during this international break. He managed to claim an assist in the first game, though his side lost in the end. However, against Tunisia, they secured the win and Kessie performed well throughout the game. Then again, lots of minutes in just four days.
Krunic – Bosnia
The midfielder’s side got off to a flying start as they beat Liechtenstein by five goals to nil, and Krunic completed the game from start to finish. However, Bosnia lost the following game against Azerbaijan, during which the Milan man was kept on the bench as the manager opted for Besic instead.
Leao – Portugal U21
The former Lille man didn’t feature in his side’s clash with Gibraltar, which was won by four goals to nil. However, he did participate against Belarus, breaking the deadlock in the second half after picking up a loose ball. Portugal went on to score a second, and Leao was a huge part of the win.
Paqueta – Brazil
The technical midfielder came on in the 83rd minute against Colombia, though it was arguably too little time left to do anything with the game, which finished 2-2. Against Peru, however, the Milan man did get more time as he came on in the 64th minute, though his side lost in the end by the odd goal.
Piatek – Poland
The striker played from start against Slovenia along with Lewandowski up front. However, in addition to getting subbed off in the second half, Piatek’s side also lost the game by two goals to nil, conceding one goal in each half. Against Austria, the Milan man remained on the bench, as the game finished 0-0.
Rebic – Croatia
The new signing started both games for his country, playing on the left flank in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Against Slovakia, he claimed an assist before leaving the game in the 70th minute. Croatia convincingly won 4-0, though they failed to replicate the performance against Azerbaijan. Rebic had a few chances to increase the lead at 1-0, but the game eventually finished 1-1 as the hosts equalised.
Rodriguez – Switzerland
As expected, the left-back played both games from start to finish. The clash with Ireland finished 1-1, though Rodriguez’ side got going against Gibraltar. Four goals were scored, including one from the Milan man, who struck from outside the box after the ball fell perfectly to him.
Suso – Spain
The winger was kept on the bench for the game against Romania, which Spain won by 2-1. Against the Faroe Islands, however, Suso was on the pitch from the first minute and performed really well during the 68 minutes he got. After the game, which ended 4-0 in favour of Spain, he got tons of praise for his performance, which bodes well for this weekend.
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