International Round-Up | 29th June 2019
Richarlison was an unused substitute in a 5-0 victory over Peru, and was out of the squad for the following 0-0 draw with Paraguay after catching mumps. The disease may mean he misses the rest of his nation’s Copa campaign.
He was replaced in both matches by Everton. Sorry, a bit confusing again.
Yerry Mina (Colombia)
Mina was rested as his team beat Paraguay 1-0, but returned to the side for the knockout stage game against Chile. Colombia bowed out on penalties after a scoreless draw, but the centre-back netted in the shootout and celebrated with a dance, showing off some lovely custom shin pads as displayed below:
Under-21 European Championships
Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Kieran Dowell, Jonjoe Kenny (England)
The young lions crashed out of the tournament following a 4-2 defeat to Romania, in which all three of our lads got a full 90 minutes. Calvert-Lewin started ahead of Dominic Solanke but only managed one shot on target and missed a good chance, while Dowell interestingly played as a deep-lying midfielder, dribbling past two players and making one key pass during the game. Kenny made a key pass also, but struggled defensively.
DCL was left on the bench for England’s final game of the Euros, a 3-3 draw with former Blue Nikola Vlasic’s Croatia, with Tammy Abraham preferred this time up top. Dowell and Kenny started, though, with the latter scoring a great goal from outside the box to put his side 3-2 up at the time. Dowell made two key passes, but was pulled off after 56 minutes.
African Cup of Nations
Idrissa Gana Gueye (Senegal)
Gana bagged an assist for reported Arsenal target Keita Baldé’s opener in Senegal’s 2-0 tournament opener against Tanzania, the midfielder playing in a slightly more advanced role than usual and making two key passes in the game.
The 29-year-old was left on the bench for a 1-0 defeat to Algeria, as the manager found out what happens when he drops Gana.
Yannick Bolasie (DR Congo)
Bolasie was pulled off after 70 minutes of his side’s 2-0 defeat at the hands of Uganda after making just six passes in that time, despite one of those being a key pass.
The winger lost his place on the left for the 2-0 loss to Egypt, but came on for the final half hour and made two key passes as well as having three shots blocked.
Henry Onyekuru (Nigeria)
Onyekuru has been an unused substitute for both of Nigeria’s games so far this tournament, doing his work permit cause no favours. He watched his side beat both Burundi and Guinea 1-0 respectively.