The September international break is always the one that people like the least. It comes just after the season has started and the momentum after a summer of build-up is gone and now you are stuck watching national sides battling it out all around the world.
While we are waiting for Manchester United to return to action – which will happen in exactly eight days – we have been watching what are our players doing in their national sides over the course of this week. We are taking a look at matches played on Thursday and Friday, with players having differing success in their performances.
Sweden, Victor Lindelöf
The Swedish centre-back has to go right at the top of this list, as he is the one that scored the goal for his team. Sweden won comfortably 4-0 away at Faroe Islands and Lindelöf scored the third goal for his team. It was never going to be a match where Sweden are too have too many problems, as Faroe Islands are few levels below Sweden.
Lindelöf scored a nice goal after a scramble in the box, following a set-piece, as the ball bounced to him slightly on the left inside of the box, to score it with a shot going to the near post. This was Sweden’s third win in qualifiers, in their fifth match, as they have ten points from the possible 15. If they keep it up, especially against Norway on Sunday, they will be close to qualifying to Euro 2020.
Wales, Daniel James
Wales did not have an easy match, but in the end, they managed to do just about enough to seal the win against Azerbaijan. It was 2-1 for the hosts and Manchester United’s very own Daniel James played the whole match. He was playing, as usual, on the left wing, while Gareth Bale was on the opposite side of the pitch.
Wales took the lead through an own goal of one of Azerbaijan’s players, before they equalized in the second half, just before the hour mark. It started to look like Wales will not be able to find their way to the victory, but Bale in the end proved to be the decisive man, scoring with six minutes before the end. It was not pretty, but Wales won and now they have six points in their group, with leaders Hungary with nine.
Argentina, Marcos Rojo
Marcos Rojo did not feature for Argentina in their 0-0 draw against Chile. It was a friendly match that the two South American sides played in the United States and the match itself was not a particularly interesting one. Rojo stayed on the bench throughout.
Spain, David De Gea
David De Gea did not feature for Spain against Romaina on Thursday night. Kepa Arrizabalaga got the chance ahead of him as Spain only just managed to win it 2-1 in Bucharest. It was all well and good for Spain when they had a 2-0 lead, but Florin Andone surprised everyone with his cool finish. With Diego Llorente sent off, Spain had troubles, but Kepa made an incredible save deep into the stoppage time to deny hosts of a point. Looking at his performance, De Gea might not return to being Spain’s number one goalkeeper.