Conti picked up an injury on his Italy debut: “My ankle turned”, Kalinić’s Croatia lost to Çalhanoğlu’s Turkey

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Andrea Conti and Lior Refaelov during Italy-Israel at Mapei Stadium - Citta' del Tricolore on September 5, 2017. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
Andrea Conti and Lior Refaelov during Italy-Israel at Mapei Stadium – Citta’ del Tricolore on September 5, 2017. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)

Suso and Lucas Biglia were unused substitutions in the second round of International football, while Andrea Conti had to leave the pitch after 48 minutes due to an injury to his ankle.

The international break is finally now over, but unfortunately for Milan and Vincenzo Montella, they didn’t manage to finish it without an injury to one of their players.

Andrea Conti sustained an injury in Italy’s unconvincing 1-0 win over Israel last night at the Mappei Stadium (Ciro Immobile scored a goal in the 53′ minute).

It was the 23-year-old’s debut for the Azzurri but sadly he had to be replaced in the 48′ minute. “It was wonderful, I am very happy with the opportunity given to me by the coach,” the right back, who arrived at Milan from Atalanta this summer, told RAI Sport at the end of the match. “It was only half-way happy, though, as my ankle turned after about 20 minutes and it has swollen up.”

Riccardo Montolivo played 4 minutes in last night’s match, coming on as a sub for Marco Verratti in the 89′ minute, while Gianluigi Donnarumma was on the bench for the whole match. Leonardo Bonucci of course didn’t take part as he was suspended and he’s already back in Milanello.

Lucas Biglia and Lionel Messi at the end of Argentina-Venezuela at Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti on September 5, 2017. (EITAN ABRAMOVICH/AFP/Getty Images)
Lucas Biglia and Lionel Messi at the end of Argentina-Venezuela at Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti on September 5, 2017. (EITAN ABRAMOVICH/AFP/Getty Images)

While Conti got his debut, it was not the case for Suso. The Spaniard was once again on the bench for the whole match and watched as his friends beat Liechtenstein 8-0 away from home: Sergio Ramos (3′), Alvaro Morata (15′, 54′), Isco (16′), David Silva (39′), Iago Aspas (51′, 63′) and Maximilian Göppel (89′, own goal) scored the goals for La Roja who are 3 points ahead of Italy in Group G.

There was an encounter between two Milan players last night as Nikola Kalinić and Hakan Çalhanoğlu were both picked as starters for Croatia and Turkey respectively. Kalinić played 62 minutes and got a yellow card while Hakan played the full match and was yellow-carded himself. Cenk Tosun (75′) scored the only goal of the match and this Turkey win, along with Shevchenko’s Ukraine 2-0 loss to Iceland, makes Group I the most interesting and close group at the moment.

Cristian Zapata, Thiago Silva, David Ospina, Neymar and referee Jesus Valenzuela during Colombia-Brazil at Estadio Metropolitano on September 5, 2017. (RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Cristian Zapata, Thiago Silva, David Ospina, Neymar and referee Jesus Valenzuela during Colombia-Brazil at Estadio Metropolitano on September 5, 2017. (RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/Getty Images)

The South Americans were also in action last night: Cristian Zapata played the full match as his Colombia tied Brazil 1-1 (Willian, 45+2′, and Falcao, 56′ with the goals), while Lucas Biglia did not take part in Argentina’s 1-1 draw with Venezuela (Jhon Murillo, 51′, and Rolf Feltscher, 54′ og).

Gustavo Gomez got on the scoresheet, but for the wrong side: the center back started for Paraguay against Uruguay. Federico Valverde scored in the 76′ minute and then in the 80′ minute, Luis Suarez got past the Paraguay goalkeeper and fired a shot – the ball found the crossbar but proceeded to hit Gomez and got past the line, unlucky for the Milan man. Ángel Romero (88′) scored for Paraguay.

Franck Kessié played 90 more minutes in Ivory’s Coast 2-1 home defeat to Gabon. They had beaten Gabon three days earlier, but this time the Aubameyang-less side surprised Ivory Coast: Axel Méyé (19′) and ex-Juve man Mario Lemina (29′) scored for Gabon, Maxwel Cornet (58′) for Cote d’Ivoire.

Patrick Cutrone celebrating during Italy U21-Slovenia U21 at Stadio Pier Cesare Tombolato on September 4, 2017. (Photo by Dino Panato/Getty Images)
Patrick Cutrone celebrating during Italy U21-Slovenia U21 at Stadio Pier Cesare Tombolato on September 4, 2017. (Photo by Dino Panato/Getty Images)

Italy U19 and Matteo Gabbia beat Russia 2-1 in a friendly yesterday and a on Monday night, Patrick Cutrone, Manuel Locatelli and Davide Calabria all started for Italy U21 in a friendly against Slovenia. Cutrone scored the first of the night thanks to a lovely Locatelli assist in the 22′ minute. Andrea Favilli scored the Azzurrini’s second in the 27′ minute, and then it was the turn of Calabria to get an assist, as he sent a great ball to Federico Chiesa to make it 3-0 on half time.

Calabria was subbed-off on half time (not due to injury), Cutrone joined him on the bench in the 54′ minute (replaced by ex-Milan man Luca Vido), and Locatelli in the 81′ minute. Italy U21 beat Slovenia 4-1 as Martin Kramarič (52′) and Juventus’ Riccardo Orsolini (89′) scored the other goals.

André Silva and Ricardo Rodriguez completed their international commitments already on Sunday (read here) and trained normally in Milanello yesterday, as did Bonucci, and the Italy U21 men.

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imadala
imadala
2 years ago

Lets see if calabria do de judas against jordan lukaku…

Mansa
Mansa
2 years ago

Conti injured is not bad news. Pray its not very serious.

jahycee dah jahsrael
jahycee dah jahsrael
2 years ago

congratulations boys…… now let’s get ready for lazio

Agni
Agni
2 years ago

I hope the injury is not bad and Conti recovers quickly.

Time for Calabria or abate to step up

Ink
Ink
2 years ago

Come on… did you guys actually see Conti play last night? I know I come off as biased against him, and probably I am, but seriously, who dubbed him to be the best RB in Italy?! Even Zappacosta was better. Did you see the way he got played up moments after making a good tackle? Luckily he had Buffon to save his butt – and the Israeli player was a bit offside. So that is not pulling a MDS on Lukaku? Give me a break. In my not so humble opinion, for the national team, the first choice RB is… Read more »

dope
dope
2 years ago
Reply to  Ink

dude he had one game where he didn’t perform well, whilst de sciglio and abate hadn’t had a good game in years
there is a reason why conti was chosen as the right back in multiple teams of the season

Milanista121
Milanista121
2 years ago
Reply to  dope

Do you think Conti has had a good game for Milan yet? So far he has shown nothing to be ahead of Abate and Calabria as a starter, and about Abate not having a good game in years, he had several of them last season.

@Milan10 is right, Darmian is the best full back Italy has currently, and I think that Zappacosta is the second best – key word is currently. We really should have snapped up Darmian this summer.
There is still time for Conti though.

gallo
gallo
2 years ago
Reply to  Milanista121

Dont forget conti just arrive at milan so is too early to start this talk

Milanista121
Milanista121
2 years ago
Reply to  gallo

Absolutely, I also wrote at the end “There is still time for Conti though.” but that’s not the case now, dope wrote and said that it was just ONE game, but it isn’t just one game, he hasn’t been good in any of the games for us – simple. He had a great LAST SEASON, but he hasn’t been great for us, so I wonder why he has so many supporters while Calabria got slated against Shkendidja for being played out of position, why is that? Conti is still a defensive enigma, scoring and assisting is great and all, but… Read more »

Ink
Ink
2 years ago
Reply to  Milanista121

Cheers mate, Milanista121.
Many people miss the keywords of what people say xD

Ink
Ink
2 years ago
Reply to  Milanista121

Cheers mate, Milanista121.
Many people miss the keywords of what we say xD

al83
al83
2 years ago
Reply to  Ink

You know what is the problem? The keywords “biased against”. Try to loose this and you will see way less thumbs-down.
For the rest, regarding Conti himself, we have discussed it too much already. And there is much more to discuss in the future.

Ink
Ink
2 years ago
Reply to  Ink

Hey international break has us doing nothing but discuss, don’t condemn discussions!
I could say that Bonucci and Conti and Silva have played magnificently in the few appearances that they made for us, and see lot less thumb downs, but why should I lie about what I observed?

dope
dope
2 years ago
Reply to  Milanista121

abate has been consistantly terrible last season, i mean only at the start of the season he made 4-5 mistakes directly leading to goals, and no darmian is defenetly not better than conti and zappacosta, have you seen him play in these 2 games for italy?

CK
CK
2 years ago
Reply to  Ink

MDS???? really???? 0 mins at Juventus. a 33 yo RB is ahead of him. if Lichsteiner had been a top class RB during his prime years I can still understand why a 33 yo is in front of MDS. An average RB during his prime years and a non starter last season is still ahead of MDS. nobody understands you. Ink OUT

Ink
Ink
2 years ago
Reply to  CK

You missed me saying national team?
It would be fun to have the Swiss road runner to play for the national team.

Ink out.

Milan10
Milan10
2 years ago
Reply to  Ink

Like i said, darmian is italy’s best fullback atm, its not even debatable (12-15m for darmian wouldve been absolute steal, darmian > abate/antonelli anyday). But then again, he’s 4 yrs older than conti AND ex-milan primavera

Ink
Ink
2 years ago
Reply to  Milan10

Agreed.
Darmian on the left, and imo, it is a close race between MDS and Zappa for the right.

Rikimaru Tenchu
Rikimaru Tenchu
2 years ago
Reply to  Ink

LMAO.

MDS and Niang are cut from the same cloth. Their lack of interest in the match sometimes is so glaring you wonder why they are on the pitch sometimes.

Misund
Misund
2 years ago
Reply to  Ink

If Conti reproduces the same quality this season as he did last season i’d argue he is better then Both darmian and Abate. 8 goals and 5 assist in one season. None of them have ever done that. And will probably never do it. Conti can because he is better then both going forward. He needs to work on his defensive contribution. Darmian is probably the best defensive RB in Italy.

Milan10
Milan10
2 years ago
Reply to  Misund

Conti wasnt rb last season, he was right wing back in 3-5-2 formation so no, thats not fair comparison. darmian IS better right back, let alone left back than conti. Maybe conti is better wing back due to his offensive traits but position for position as rb, darmian is much better. U said it so urself, darmian is better at defending. Now, whats rb’s main duty? Why do u think most football pundits say maldini is better lb than rob carlos or nilton santos?

hencyn
hencyn
2 years ago
Reply to  Ink

please be honest to yourself, who is better Calabria or conti? Even at the last euro u21,cl conti came out first choice. conti being the best RB is not a fluke but strictly on merit.

Milanmario1
Milanmario1
2 years ago
Reply to  Ink

Ink, you sound like Conti’s ex gf being so bitter on the poor chap!!

Ink
Ink
2 years ago
Reply to  Milanmario1

Indeed, he broke my heart </3
Smug little heartbreaker.

Kaka22
Kaka22
2 years ago
Reply to  Ink

Ink so conti that sprained his ankle 20 mins into the match and still managed to put in a last man game saving sliding tackle,you still come here to type rubbish about him because of your sentimentality, you can’t go far in life if you continue this way

Ink
Ink
2 years ago
Reply to  Kaka22

Thank you for being so concerned about my life <3

Ali
Ali
2 years ago

Cutrone and Locatelli are building a very good chemistry and it will help us a lot… Keep rocking guys!

imadala
imadala
2 years ago
Reply to  Ali

Locatrone!!!