Gustavo Gomez plays 90 minutes in Paraguay’s 1-0 win over Argentina, Honda assists a goal in Japan’s draw

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Gustavo Gomez and Paulo Da Silva after the Argentina-Paraguay 2018 World Cup qualifier in Cordoba, Argentina, on October 11, 2016. (JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)
Gustavo Gomez and Paulo Da Silva after the Argentina-Paraguay 2018 World Cup qualifier on October 11, 2016. (JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)

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).

Keisuke Honda and Mile Jedinak during the Australia-Japan World Cup 2018 qualifier on October 11, 2016. (PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)
Keisuke Honda and Mile Jedinak during the Australia-Japan World Cup 2018 qualifier on October 11, 2016. (PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

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clouds
clouds
4 years ago

imho, honda would useful as our subtitute, last year he gave us decent performance and he always show his determination everytime we give him a chance even a minute playing time. next year when we will play in UCL we do really need a great subtitute

Panfried
Panfried
4 years ago
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Honda should leave to make way for a more complete right winger or a decent midfielder … He is not a bad player but he has never reached his potential with us … too slow and lacks power.

Dwayne Kanas
Dwayne Kanas
4 years ago

out of topic but i think the players Milan should look to bring in January should be midfielders. Badelj should be first priority, then Keita Balde, Lucas Lima and maybe Alexander Isak, a young Swedish striker who is deadly in front of the goal! if we cant get some of them in January then we must get them next summer!

TRUETALK
TRUETALK
4 years ago

Loca not given a chance to play with the U21s… I mean…