Martial opens France account
Anthony Martial scored his first goal for France in Les Bleus’ 3-1 friendly win over Italy last night. The 20-year-old coolly slotted the ball beyond legendary Azzurri goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon after 17 minutes, before being taken off at half time.
Paul Pogba also played in this game, and registered two assists. The first was for Martial, and the second was a short, angled pass inside the penalty area allowing left-back Layvin Kurzawa to score France’s third goal of the game.
David de Gea kept a clean sheet for Spain, as the 2010 World Cup winners beat Belgium 2-0 in a friendly in Brussells. Manchester City’s David Silva scored both goals.
Daley Blind was on the losing side as the Netherlands fell to a 2-1 home defeat against Greece. Blind played the full 90 minutes in the centre of defence.
Sergio also saves, apparently
In the South American World Cup qualifiers, Sergio Romero started for Argentina in their 1-0 victory over Uruguay. Lionel Messi scored the only goal of the game on his return from a short-lived international retirement, while Juventus star Paulo Dybala was sent off in his first start for the Albiceleste.
On Wednesday night, Bastian Schweinsteiger bid a tearful farewell to his international career. The former Bayern Munich midfielder made his 121st and final appearance for Die Mannschaft in a 2-0 friendly win over Finland.
Hard night for Henrikh
Also on Wednesday night, Henrikh Mkhitaryan had to leave the field after just 38 minutes of Armenia’s 3-0 friendly defeat away to the Czech Republic, following a collision with Czech defender Marek Suchy.
The extent of Mkhitaryan’s injury is not yet known, but the summer signing from Borussia Dortmund could be a doubt for the Manchester derby on 10 September.