Carlos Bacca played 59 minutes in Colombia’s match; Alessio Romagnoli, Jack Bonaventura and Mattia De Sciglio featured in Italy’s win over Macedonia.
The international break is over and some of the Milan players were already back in training at Milanello on Wednesday.
Last night, however, Milan’s South American players were in action: Gustavo Gomez started in the heart of Paraguay’s defense against Argentina.
The former Lanus center back, who joined the Rossoneri this summer, played 90 minutes and helped his side get a clean sheet against an attack that features players like Gonzalo Higuain, Kun Aguero, Nico Gaitan, Angel Di Maria and Paulo Dybala. Paraguay won 1-0 on Argentine turf thanks to an 18′ Derlis González goal.
Carlos Bacca was played from the start for Colombia against Uruguay but José Pékerman replaced him after 59 minutes. The game ended with the score 2-2: Abel Aguilar (15′) scored first and then Cristian Rodríguez (27′) and Luis Suarez (73′) overturned the result, but Colombia’s Yerry Mina (84′) equalized.
Australia hosted Japan for a match on the 11th of October and Keisuke Honda played 84 minutes (replaced by Takuma Asano). The Rossoneri man assisted Japan’s 5th-minute Genki Haraguchi goal. It wasn’t enough, though, as Australia scored too through a Mile Jedinak penalty in the 52′ minute.
Juraj Kucka was involved on both of Slovakia’s matches in this round of international football. On October 8th he played 90 minutes in the loss to Slovenia (Rok Kronaveter goal in the 74′ minute). On October 11th he played again the full match, against Scotland, and it was a straightforward 3-0 win for the boys of Ján Kozák (18′, 56′ minute goals from Róbert Mak and a 68′ minute Adam Nemec goal).
On Sunday, Gianluigi Donnarumma sat on the Italy bench again and watched Mattia De Sciglio, Giacomo Bonaventura and Alessio Romagnoli start for the Azzurri away at Macedonia. It was a match Italy nearly lost: Andrea Belotti scored first in the 24′ minute but Ilija Nestorovski (57′) and Ferhan Hasani (59′) gave Macedonia the deserved advantage. But then Ciro Immobile arrived and with a huge brace (74′ and 92′) gave Giampiero Ventura the win despite yet another rather lackluster performance.
De Sciglio began the match as a left wingback with Romagnoli acting as part of the three-man defense (made a few mistakes) and Bonaventura playing in central midfield. Jack didn’t find himself too well in this role and was replaced in the 64′ minute. Ventura switched formations during the match and Mattia and Alessio – who completed 90 minutes – acted as Italy’s right and left full backs.
Mario Pasalic meanwhile was involved on Monday in Croatia U21’s 4-2 loss to Sweden. Pasalic was the captain of his side and was replaced after 71 minutes. Stipe Perica (23′), Linus Wahlqvist (26′, pk), Kristoffer Olsson (53′), Melker Hallberg (58′), Carlos Strandberg (64′) and Filip Benković (67) scored.
Manuel Locatelli was not given minutes in Italy U21’s UEFA EURO 2017 qualification match with Lithuania (0-0) while Alessandro Plizzari‘s Italy U19 lost to Portugal 2-1 in a friendly match.
Note: Meytar Zeevi, who writes most of the posts on Rossoneri Blog, will be on vacation from October 18 to October 25 and there will not be new posts on that week.