Three Milan players scored goals last night, while one got an assist – but not results were positive for the national teams of the Rossoneri.
Milan have 14 players on international duty and the many of them have already been in action of the past days.
Last night Belgium hosted Ivory Coast for a friendly match at King Baudouin Stadium. Two Milan players started the match: Franck Kessié for Les Éléphants and Alexis Saelemaekers for The Red Devils (his debut match for them).
Both Rossoneri players played an important part in the game: in the 53′ minute Saelemaekers crossed the ball towards Michy Batshuayi and the Crystal Palace found the back of the net (it didn’t technically count as an assist because Batshuayi’s first shot hit the goalkeeper and he scored on the rebound). In the 87′ minute, Kessié scored a penalty to make it 1-1 at the end of the game. Saelemaekers was chosen as the Belgium ‘Devil of the Match’ at the end of the friendly encounter.
Moving on to the EURO qualifiers which took place last night: Rade Krunić started for Bosnia and Herzegovina against Northern Ireland in a crucial match. After 13 minutes he also found the net. However, Niall McGinn equalized in the 53′ minute. Krunić was subbed out in the 88′ minute and the match went to penalties. Bosnia lost Rade Krunić 4-3 and have lost their chance to qualify.
Jens Petter Hauge didn’t play any minutes in Norway’s 2-1 loss against Serbia in the Euro qualifiers. The game was decided thanks to two goals from Lazio’s Sergej Milinković-Savić who came on as a sub in the 80′ minute and scored in the 81′ minute and the 102′ minute. Ciprian Tătăruşanu conceded twice for Romania as they lost 2-1 to Iceland and also their chance to be in the EUROs.
Last night there were also UEFA Euro U21 qualifiers: the Diavolo’s Brahim Díaz started on the bench for Spain U21, but turned out to be the hero as he scored a brace against Faroe Island U21 to give Spain the three points. He scored in the 51′ and 94′ minutes of the game.
— Brahim (@Brahim) October 8, 2020
Returning to friendlies, on October 7th Simon Kjær played 10 minutes as a substitute for Denmark against Faroe Islands. Denmark won the game 4-0. Also on Wednesday, Italy beat Moldova 6-0 with goals from Bryan Cristante (18′), Francesco Caputo (23′), Stephan El Shaarawy (30′, 45+1′), Veaceslav Posmac (37′ own goal) and Domenico Berardi (72′). Gigio Donnarumma didn’t play the friendly.
Today five players will be in action: Ismaël Bennacer & Algeria face Nigeria; Matteo Gabbia–Sandro Tonali and Italy U21 face Iceland U21; Rafael Leão–Diogo Dalot and Portugal U21 face Norway U21.