André Silva and Ricardo Rodriguez on target for Portugal and Switzerland, Conti could start for Italy tomorrow

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André Silva celebrates with Cristiano Ronaldo and João Mário during Hungary-Portugal at The Grupama Arena in Budapest on September 3, 2017. (ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images)
André Silva celebrates with Cristiano Ronaldo and João Mário during Hungary-Portugal at The Grupama Arena in Budapest on September 3, 2017. (ATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images)

17 Milan players were called-up by their national teams and two of them scored last night as André Silva scored the winner for Portugal and Rodriguez netted Switzerland’s third.

The second round of international matches started well for the Rossoneri as on Sunday night, Portugal and Switzerland both won their matches with new Milan signings scoring in the process.

After playing 81 minutes without scoring against Faroe Islands in Portugal’s 5-1 win last Thursday, the former Porto man was again given the start by his coach Fernando Santos and A. Silva repaid him with a goal. In the 48′ minute, Cristiano Ronaldo’s great cross found the head of the 21-year-old, who managed to score. It was enough for Portugal to beat Hungary. Silva was replaced in the 86′ minute.

Portugal are fighting with Switzerland for the first spot in the group and the side of Vladimir Petković managed to keep their perfect record, beating Latvia 3-0. Haris Seferović (9′) and Blerim Džemaili (55′) scored before Ricardo Rodriguez got on the scoresheet himself, converting a penalty (58′). Rodriguez played 90 minutes and it was his second full match after featuring in their 3-0 win over Andorra. It will be Silva versus RR in October to determine who automatically qualifies to the WC.

Another match that happened yesterday involving a Milan player was Croatia-Kosovo. The match was originally scheduled for Saturday night but due to terrible weather it was postponed. Nikola Kalinić entered the pitch in the 73′ minute and 60 seconds later Domagoj Vida scored the winner for Croatia, who are 1st in the group that includes Andriy Shevchenko’s Ukraine and Hakan Çalhanoğlu‘s Turkey.

Ricardo Rodriguez and Valerijs Sabala during Latvia-Switzerland at Stadions Skonto on September 3, 2017. (ILMARS ZNOTINS/AFP/Getty Images)
Ricardo Rodriguez and Valerijs Sabala during Latvia-Switzerland at Stadions Skonto on September 3, 2017. (ILMARS ZNOTINS/AFP/Getty Images)

The only game with players from Montella’s squad that takes place today is Italy U21-Slovenia U21 (21:15 CET). The Azzurini will look to bounce back from Friday’s 3-0 loss to Spain U21. Patrick Cutrone and Davide Calabria started that match and played 86 minutes and Manuel Locatelli played 18 as a sub. Both Calabria and Locatelli wore the captain’s armband over the course of the match.

On Tuesday (and Wednesday night) the rest of the Milan players will complete their NT commitments. Matteo Gabbia and the U19 Italy squad will be in action at 15:30 for a friendly match against Russia U19. Gabbia played the first half in their 1-1 friendly against Turkey U19 on Friday.

Tomorrow night Italy of Ventura will try to forget the match against Spain after losing 3-0 Saturday. Leonardo Bonucci was the only Milan played who got to play the match as Riccardo Montolivo and Suso were in the stands while Andrea Conti & Gianluigi Donnarumma were on the bench.

Leonardo Bonucci getting booked by referee Bjorn Kuipers during Spain-Italy at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 2, 2017. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
Leonardo Bonucci getting booked by referee Bjorn Kuipers during Spain-Italy at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 2, 2017. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Leo is suspended for the match at Mapei Stadium against Israel (20:45 CET kickoff) and he is back training at Milanello. There are growing reports, however, that Conti could be given a start after the injury to Leonardo Spinazzola. Montolivo could also find a place in this Italy side on Tuesday.

Suso, meanwhile, will hope to get his debut for Spain as after watching his teammates trash the Azzurri at the Bernabeu, he will look to convince Julen Lopetegui to play him against Liechtenstein tomorrow night (20:45 CET). Spain are currently leading the group and it’s unlikely to change.

Nikola Kalinić and his teammate celebrate during Croatia-Kosovo at Stadion Maksimir on September 3, 2017. (STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)
Nikola Kalinić and his teammate celebrate during Croatia-Kosovo at Stadion Maksimir on September 3, 2017. (STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

Croatia and Turkey will also be in action tomorrow as Çalhanoğlu, after playing 68 minutes in their 2-0 loss to Ukraine, will face Kalinić at the New Eskisehir Stadium (20:45 CET kickoff). Franck Kessié played a full match in Ivory Coast’s away 3-0 win over Gabon and his national team faces Gabon again, this time in Bouake for another World Cup qualifier, and this match is tomorrow as well.

Colombia and Cristian Zapata (90 minutes in the 0-0 against Venezuela on Thursday), have a tough match on Tuesday (22:30 CET) as they face Brazil, while Gustavo Gomez (90 minutes in the 3-0 win over Chile on Thursday) and Paraguay play Uruguay on the night between Tuesday and Wednesday.

Lucas Biglia and Lionel Messi during Uruguay-Argentina at Estadio Centenario on on August 31, 2017. (DANTE FERNANDEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Lucas Biglia and Lionel Messi during Uruguay-Argentina at Estadio Centenario on on August 31, 2017. (DANTE FERNANDEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Lucas Biglia‘s match kicks off 30 minutes before Paraguay’s, namely at 01:30 CET and his Argentina side will try to get a win after the 0-0 with Uruguay in which the midfielder, who had just returned from injury, played 90 minutes. Argentina (5th in the South American group) face Venezuela.

When the international break ends, Montella will have a few days to get his squad ready for the first big test of the season: Sunday afternoon’s match against Lazio 15:00 CET kickoff at Stadio Olimpico.

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imadala
imadala
2 years ago

Cant wait to see andry silva filipo cutrone deadly duo!!!!….

Milan10
Milan10
2 years ago
Reply to  imadala

“Andriy silva”. Now THAT’S a good nickname mate. He really IS sheva 2.0. Whats fitting nickname for borin11 though, borivaldo? Iborinmovic? U know, #11, talented, ballon d’or winner to be

Milan10
Milan10
2 years ago
Reply to  imadala

Andriy shelva

imadala
imadala
2 years ago
Reply to  Milan10

@milan10 Thats more like it andriy shelva!!
How about fabio boriviera (ricardo oliviera)

azad
azad
2 years ago
Reply to  imadala

Ahh stop calling them x y 2.0!!! It’s really absurd…

imadala
imadala
2 years ago
Reply to  azad

“Why so serious ” joker said

Milan10
Milan10
2 years ago
Reply to  azad

Oh c’mon azad my mate, we’re having fun here. dont be cranky baresis dream 2.0. *wink and blow a kiss

Milan10
Milan10
2 years ago
Reply to  imadala

Aw i didnt know ur that good at nicknaming mate. Ric oliveira was as garbage as borini is now though

imadala
imadala
2 years ago
Reply to  Milan10

@milan10 do you have personal blog or fb mate?
there is one thing that i dont like from andry silva mate…he is too instgramable its 95 generation disease…

bidonesia
bidonesia
2 years ago
Reply to  Milan10

Nikola Kalibrahimonic…!!!

Milan10
Milan10
2 years ago

Im so glad that milan can maintain tradition of having multiple international players performing for their respective countries. Playing for and winning trophies with national teams are the greatest achievements for most players. Remember cr7’s joyous celebration in euro 16? Lets stop being arsene wenger who keeps making excuses saying international matches are useless injury triggering activities; football world doesnt revolve around one club. Lets cheer and be happy for those milan players who get to play for their nt teams. I just hope there will be more milan players starting for great nt teams like italy, spain etc in… Read more »

Manga la figa
Manga la figa
2 years ago
Reply to  Milan10

It should be matter of pride when our players play for their respective countries. It raises the profile of the club and shows we have good players.
Fergie was notorious for his dislike of his players doing their international duties. Always talked smack to the English NT head coach

Ink
Ink
2 years ago

Dare I say it, Bonucci was absolutely dreadful against Spain. He really needs to get to his top form soon.
Let’s see how much hate I get for that 😀

Milan10
Milan10
2 years ago
Reply to  Ink

People hate because they feel unloved mate. I mean, look at bacca’s body language and facial expression last season and compare him to current free scoring free smiling andriy silva.
Also, If u think bonucci was bad then u shouldve seen how milan #10 a.k.a. Free kick kid performed *wink

Ink
Ink
2 years ago
Reply to  Milan10

Lol
Milan10 > Milan #10 😛 , so far at least for Milan.
Though I did not see the Turkey match ^^

Misund
Misund
2 years ago

I just love how Ronaldo have put aside his ego and brought Silva under his wings. This is very good for the boy!

ted
ted
2 years ago

Montella need to deploy Silva and Cutrone together up front, Cutrone is on fire while Silva needs playing time to gain confidence. They do resemble Sheva-Pippo playing style and we know what those two did together

Protheus
Protheus
2 years ago
Reply to  ted

Exactly! If (please God) they stay and grew together as a partner, and they walk the superstardom route properly, who knows we might never need to purchase any star striker for like 10 years.
Heh, one can dream as high as he can wasn’t it? Anyway I’m really happy we have both of them, its been far too long since the last time milan excites me like this :p

RKaY
RKaY
2 years ago

Apparently our youngsters had a good day today for the u21. Good to hear. Unfortunately I couldn’t watch.

Milanista121
Milanista121
2 years ago
Reply to  RKaY

Loca assisted Cutro once again. Loving the chemistry between the boys! WIll be crucial for us.

Nimar
Nimar
2 years ago

I think silva should be tested on the wings

agustinar
agustinar
2 years ago
Reply to  Nimar

nice thought

Ori Owo
Ori Owo
2 years ago

#Ink — every Italian player including the coaching staff were awful against Spain, not just bonuci, tactically the Spanish team were the better side. Its a shame we get to single out Bonucci for critics. As for me, he’s arguably the best Centre back in the world. He just need to get himself suited to our team and it would be all downhill from there. I still prefer him partnering Romagnoli in defence (for our ball distribution from the back) — Unlike Buffon, Donaruma needs to learn the ball at his feet before it gets too late and then we… Read more »

Agni
Agni
2 years ago

Congrats for the goal Silva.
I hope he gets game time regularly at milan.

An international striker scoring at this rate
bought for 40mil can’t be on the bench.
That’s how I see it.

bidonesia
bidonesia
2 years ago

3412,

…………… Gigio
…… Mus – Leo – Rom
Con – Kes – Big/Loc – RR
……… Cano/Jack
Suso/Kali – Silva/Cut

Joe
Joe
2 years ago

Conti sprained his ankle – not good!!