Manchester United are currently on an international break and the fans are turning their attention to the matches the national sides are playing. After the international break in September, it is the time once again for national sides to meet each other. European teams are mostly playing in Nations League, while some African sides are in qualifiers for the African Cup of Nations, while the South Americans are enjoying friendly matches.
Eric Bailly for Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast played a great match on Saturday. It was a clash against Central African Republic that they won 4-0 and Eric Bailly even scored in this match. It was a header after a cross from the corner that he connected with, doubling Ivory Coast’s lead after 53 minutes. Another two goals in that second half brought a secure win to Ivory Coast, who will now back themselves to do well in their qualifying group for the African Cup of Nations.
They have six points after three matches, three more than their rival and three less than Guinea. However, top two teams will progress from the group and Ivory Coast are expected to finish above Central African Republic and Rwanda.
Fred for Brazil
It was a somewhat unexpected friendly to see, but in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia hosted Brazil. Fred was part of their squad and he even started the match. Brazil played in their usual 4-3-3 formation. Fred was playing as the right of the two central midfielders, alongside Renato Augusto and just in front of Casemiro.
He played just in the first half, before giving way for Lucas Moura, Tottenham’s winger who has been in great form recently. Brazil scored their opening goal just before half-time through Man City’s Gabriel Jesus on a Neymar assist, before Alex Sandro’s late goal to confirm the win.
Romelu Lukaku for Belgium
Okay, it is time for Romelu Lukaku. He scored a goal on Saturday. And then another one. Big deal… It is like we write these words every month when he is on duty with Belgium. His team won 2-1 against Switzerland in Nations League and both goals came from Man United’s striker. The first of them came after Lukaku stood as right winger rather than a real striker and he was in the right place at the right time. The second goal was a beautiful play from the Belgium’s forwards and Lukaku linked up with his teammates very well.
— Baba Kyrah (@JacksonLuvusi) October 12, 2018
Marouane Fellaini was also part of the matchday squad, but did not take part in this match, sitting on the bench throughout.
Marcus Rashford for England
Marcus Rashford played all 90 minutes for England against Croatia in what was a repeat of the World Cup semifinal. It ended 0-0 and Rashford was the one presented with the best chance of the match. He managed not to score from a close range 1v1 situation. Rashford was playing as the striker in England’s now usual 3-5-2 formation.
What did rashford just did here pic.twitter.com/Wn43m2YB5H
— JOKUNLE (@Jokunle) October 13, 2018
Alexis Sanchez for Chile
Alexis Sanchez did not play for Chile in their 3-0 loss to Peru. In fact, Sanchez was not even in the matchday squad and Peru rallied Chile in the second half, scoring all of their goals in the span of just 20 minutes.