Kessié, Krunić and Brahim on target for their national teams, assist and Devil of the Match award for Saelemaekers

Franck Kessié and Alexis Saelemaekers at the end of Belgium-Ivory Coast at King Baudouin Stadium on October 8, 2020. (Photo by BRUNO FAHY/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

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.

Rade Krunić celebrating during Bosnia and Herzegovina-Northen Ireland at Stadion Bilino Polje on October 8, 2020. (Nedim Grabovica)

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.

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 GabbiaSandro Tonali and Italy U21 face Iceland U21; Rafael LeãoDiogo Dalot and Portugal U21 face Norway U21.

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Huge confidence boost for Salaemaekers! Hope he will bring that back to the Inter game. As I said before, he has great potential to be the best.


gabbia tested positive for coronavirus. thanks bastoni. another useless player transmitting the virus after duarte did it to ibra. romag’s come back timing couldnt be better

Martin Bernhard

problem with romagnoli though is that he hasnt trained or played a match for many months so not really so confident that he will get many minutes. As bad as it sounds at this point both clubs should hope the game gets postponed as i doubt it will be the last cases popping up before the match.


i might be wrong on the exact number but its stated that a match wont be postponed if the team infected with corona still has at least 17 players available. thats why genoa match was postponed whereas napoli (2 cases) – juve and milan 2 cases, back then) – spezia were not. i agree though, really dont think gabbia, bastoni etc will be the last covid cases among inter – milan squads, especially if this useless international matches are still going on. hell, lega calcio even already plan to finish serie a with a playoff rounds

Martin Bernhard

Ok yeah kinda forgot about genoas current situation so what you are saying makes sense its propably highly unlikely to gte cancelled. Personally i dont mind nation legue as such but the other real friendlies really should be cancelled under this pandemic, what doyou mean by lega calcio allready planing to finish the league with playoffs do you mean in worst case scenario because i had heard of that in regard of last season if necessary but hasnt heard about it in regard of this one .


yes, the lega calcio higher up is planning this scenario as last resort if the covid cases gets out of control. its basically knock out tournament with top 8 teams as participants. lets hope it wont end up this way because even the ucl mini tournament last season was garbage


Love how we have some good international coverage. A few years ago international games were such a drag when not a lot of Milan players got called up much. But returning to club level football is much more interesting. How well could we have a line up by next week to take on Inter, I wonder.