Manchester United players, at least those that are on international duty, have started featuring for their national teams this week. First set of players were in action on Thursday night in qualifiers for the next summer’s Euros. They fared with differing success, so here is what you need to know.
Scott McTominay Scores For Scotland
Scotland already qualified for the European Championships last month, which will be their second consecutive appearance at the final competition, after also featuring in 2021. But Scotland did not want to get all too comfortable now that they sealed the trip to Germany next summer, as they managed to get a 2-2 draw away in Georgia. It was, of course, Kvicha Kvaratskhelia that shined for the hosts, scoring a brace, but it was also Scott McTominay who was once again there for his team. Man United midfielder scored the equalier for 1-1 in 49th minute, following McLean’s assist. Scotland later on salvaged the draw in the stoppage time after Lawrence Shankland netted the equaliser.
Lindelof And Sweden Get Humiliated
A terrible campaign for Sweden continues. Something is going on in this team, as they now managed to lose 3-0 in Azerbaijan. Victor Lindelof captained the team throughout the 90 minutes, but will most definitely want to forget this match as soon as possible. Azerbaijan scored two goals in the first six minutes and even added a third man with 10 men on the pitch, as they played for the last 35 minutes without Bahlul Mustafazada folloiwng his red card. Sweden have been miles from having the chance to qualify for the Euros, with Belgium and Austria dominating the group throghout. In fact, Sweden got just one point in four matches against those two teams and that one came after the match with Belgium was abandoned last month due to a horrific murders of Swedish fans ahead of the match. This is the second consecutive tournamenth in which Sweden will not play, after reaching the round of 16 at the last Euros. They also got relegated to C division the Nations League, showing a stark decline in recent years.
Bruno Features For Portugal
On the other hand, Portugal are having a perfect qualifying campaign following their 2-0 win against Liechtenstein. The three points away from home keep Portugal’s record perfect. Bruno Fernandes played for 67 minutes before getting replaced by Vitinha, but this time he was in a different role. Bruno played as the central midfielder in a 3-1-4-2 formation, which had seen Joao Felix and Bernardo Silva in attacking midfield in front of him, with Goncalo Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo as the two strikers. After this match, Portugal are top of their group with all nine wins, although it is worth noting that it was expected from them to dominate this group as well as they have. With Slovakia, Luxembourg, Iceland and Bosnia and Herzegovina their remaining rivals, it was always expected from Portugal to be among the first teams to qualify for Euros.