International Round-Up (Part 2)
The Valencia youngsters featured heavily for the Spanish Under-19 side as they played their 2nd game in 4 days, this time defeating Hungary 3-1. Stand out performer was undoubtedly Andrés Garcia, who helped himself to two goals against the Hungarians before eventually being subbed off after 74 minutes. Fran Pérez and Pedro Alemañ also claimed assists in the comfortable win, with a line-up that featured no fewer than 7 Valencia academy players from the start, Andres Cespedes, Joseda, Cristhian Mosquera, Iván Muñoz, and Hugo Montaña also started, while Jesús Vázquez came off the bench for 8 minutes in the win.
Meanwhile club captain José Gayà played the full 90 minutes for the full national team, as they drew 3-3 against Switzerland in a Nations League clash, also claiming an assist as he slipped in Marco Asensio as the Spaniards came back from 3-0 down thanks to an own goal from Vargas, that strike from Asensio and a late Sergi Roberto goal. Manchester City midfielder Rodri also missed a penalty as Spain almost claimed a dramatic win at the death.
Loan signing Boško Šutalo was again impressive at the back in a 2-0 win, also against Switzerland, as he made his second appearance with the Croatian Under-21 side since joining the Valencian club, where he has yet to actually train since his arrival coinciding with the international schedule. Lee Kang-In was unable to repeat his goal scoring feat of the previous game as he featured for South Korea, who fell 1-0 away to Iraq in a World Cup qualification game, while also on the losing side was Antonio Valencia, who played 90 minutes against Brazil in a 3-1 defeat, also in the World cup qualification, Everton, Gabriel Jesus and Firmino doing the damage.
Jasper Cillessen will have been disappointed to concede in a 1-1 draw against Sweden in a Nations League match, while Maxi Gómez and Yunus Musah both had minimal impact, with just 6 and 8 minutes to play respectively for Uruguay in a 2-0 defeat against Colombia, and USA Under-23s in a 1-0 victory over Saudi Arabia.Share this: