Romagnoli, De Sciglio & Bonaventura all assist in Italy’s 4-0 win, Kucka scores for Slovakia against Lithuania

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Ciro Immobile, Marco Verratti, Giacomo Bonaventura, Andrea Belotti and Mattia De Sciglio celebrate Belotti's goal during Liechtenstein-Italy at the Rheinpark Stadion on the 12th of November 2016 (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
Ciro Immobile, Marco Verratti, Giacomo Bonaventura, Andrea Belotti and Mattia De Sciglio celebrate Belotti’s goal during Liechtenstein-Italy at the Rheinpark Stadion on the 12th of November 2016 (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Italy and Slovakia both got big wins while Carlos Bacca was not involved in Colombia’s 0-0 draw and Primavera’s Cutrone starred for Italy Under 19.

12 Milan first team players (plus three from the Primavera) were called up by their national teams in this break and the first round of matches is behind us.

Last night at the Rheinpark Stadion in Liechtenstein, Italy defeated the home side 4-0. Three Milan players were in the starting XI of Giampiero Ventura and they all finished the game with an assist.

In the 11′ minute, an Italy corner found Alessio Romagnoli who headed it to Andrea Belotti and the Torino striker (and proclaimed Milan fan) begged his first of the night. One minute later, Giacomo Bonaventura‘s excellent ball met Belotti’s head and he headed it to Ciro Immobile who made it 2-0.

In the 32’ minute, Jack and Mattia De Sciglio worked together on the left flank and the fullback’s cross found Inter’s Antonio Candreva’s finishing leg. Before half time Bonaventura finally made a direct assist, sending the ball to Belotti who scored his second and Italy’s 4th. Giacomo was subbed out in the 67′ minute by Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne while De Sciglio and Romagnoli played the entire match.

Luca Antonelli and Gianluigi Donnarumma sat on the bench the entire match while Gianluca Lapadula was one of the few players that were cut from the squad and didn’t make the bench but could get his chance in the next game, when Italy host Germany for a friendly at San Siro.

Juraj Kucka, Marek Hamsik and Jan Durica celebrate at the end of the Slovakia-Lithuania at Štadión Antona Malatinského on the 11th of November 2016 (JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
Juraj Kucka, Marek Hamsik and Jan Durica celebrate at the end of the Slovakia-Lithuania at Štadión Antona Malatinského on the 11th of November 2016 (JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

On Friday evening, Juraj Kucka and Slovakia hosted Lithuania at Štadión Antona Malatinského. Adam Nemec scored first in the 12′ minute and three minutes later it was the turn of the Rossoneri midfielder, who scored with an incredible shot from outside the box (his 6th goal for his country). Martin Škrtel scored in the 36′ minute and Napoli’s Marek Hamsik made it 4-0 in the 86′ minute.

Keisuke Honda Japan’s 4-0 friendly win over Oman at Kashima Stadium on Friday but was subbed out after 61 minutes. “One thing I confirmed is that Honda isn’t up to speed with the rhythm of the game,” Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic said after the match, hinting the player, who barely plays for Montella, could be dropped in their next match. “He has a lot of experience and he is a big presence in the team, but I need to look at who will give us the best performance against Saudi Arabia.”

In South America, Carlos Bacca‘s bad spell continued as he wasn’t given any minutes in Colombia’s 0-0 draw with Chile on Thursday. Gustavo Gomez, however, played the full 90 minutes in Paraguay’s heavy 4-1 defeat. Cristian Riveros (9′) scored first for Paraguay but Christian Ramos (48′), Edison Flores (71′), Christian Cueva (78′) and Édgar Benítez (84′, own goal) overturned the result.

Patrick Cutrone during Italy U19-Turkey U19 on the 6th of September 2016 (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
Patrick Cutrone during Italy U19-Turkey U19 on the 6th of September 2016 (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

Milan have 5 players in the Italy U19 and they played two matches: The first match was November 10th the Azzurrini beat Hungary 1-0 thanks to a goal from Primavera’s Patrick Cutrone (70′). Andrés Llamas, Matteo Gabbia and starting regista Manuel Locatelli played the entire game while the 16-year-old third-choice first team keeper Alessandro Plizzari was on the bench.

The second match was on November 12th against Armenia. Cutrone was once again instrumental as he scored Italy’s first in the dramatic 2-1 win (winning goal scored by Riccardo Marchizza in the 93′ minute). Locatelli was brought on in the 81′ minute while Llamas and Gabbia played 90 minutes again and Plizzari saw his friends celebrate from the sidelines. They have another match in 2 days.

All the players above have another match to play before the international break is over. Afterwards they will return to Milanello and work hard ahead of the Derby della Madonnina next Sunday.

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Dwayne Kanas
Dwayne Kanas
4 years ago

Milan having plenty talented youth players…the last gift Berlusconi can give to his team!

Paul
Paul
4 years ago

Bacca Must Bring Down Him Self,he is too desperate to score which make him more angry when not score also lead to bad performance.

Sale honda.am looking forward to see niang and suso in their national team soon.

LAPADULA
LAPADULA
4 years ago

LETS GET BELOTTI IN NEXT SUMMER !!!!
I THINK HE GELS WITH OUR MIDFIELD ALREADY >.<

Kabon
Kabon
4 years ago
Reply to  LAPADULA

I swear

angry birds
angry birds
4 years ago
Reply to  LAPADULA

coudnt agree more! he already has high price tag, minimum 40m..
but we could sell bacca for 30m to PSG, +10m = belotti!!

i think belotti characteristic more suitable for us than bacca.

C
C
4 years ago
Reply to  LAPADULA

In the summer? Lets get him in January

Milan10
Milan10
4 years ago

Bonadinho assist reminds me of that dinho’s assist to giuly in 05/06 ucl sf. Damn good stuff.
Jaaack

Banton
Banton
4 years ago

We re very very very lucky to have Bonaventure aka Bonadinho

Milan10
Milan10
4 years ago
Reply to  Banton

Now testify

Banton
Banton
4 years ago

Kucka so sweet!

Milan10
Milan10
4 years ago
Reply to  Banton

As sweet as allegri’s grin

Sheva
Sheva
4 years ago

Glad for jack and italy, but between lada riva, morris marina, reliant robin and nissan micra, you choose the nissan.

But between, bentley, rolls royce. ferrari, austin martin, and nissan, you dont choose nissan unless your name is milan(ten)

Kabon
Kabon
4 years ago
Reply to  Sheva

Bla bla bla. And it’s Aston Martin.

Milan10
Milan10
4 years ago
Reply to  Sheva

Yeah but i bet u wanna ride that nissan so hard until ur bottom goes sore and numb right?

Banton
Banton
4 years ago

I smile coz I understand what you mean

Bairn
Bairn
4 years ago

@Paul . . Please, are you also *Nastradamus* . . ? Been looking for Nastradamus for a while . . The Milan WhatsApp group misses him – ‘badtly’ . . !

Mattia
Mattia
4 years ago

That first pic above, except Immobile, reflects how Milan is the next season

King Ragnar
King Ragnar
4 years ago
Reply to  Mattia

I hope so

kid
kid
4 years ago

In the past 4 year you would hardly see a Milan player in the national team. Good to see a change in that