International round-up (Summer Part 1)
Valencia youngster Koba Lein failed to make an impact in his first appearance of the Toulon Tournament, as he came off the bench just before half-time for hosts France, only to see his country fall to a 2-1 defeat after being in front against Wales in the opening game of the tournament,
There was a better start to the tournament for Spain, who swept aside Australia 4-1 in their opening game. Fran Pérez was among the scorers, with a close range volley as he played just over an hour before being replaced. Meanwhile, Hugo González played the full game on the left, while there was also a full 90 minute role for both Joseda and Ivan Muñoz at the back for the Spanish Under-20 side.
Hosts France finally got a win under their belt in the second game, as they defeated Syria 3-0. Koba Lein again appeared off the bench, this time setting one up during his time on the pitch with a far more comfortable performance. Away from Toulon, youngster Yunus Musah continued his meteoric rise as he made another appearance from the bench for the full US men’s national team, getting around 20 minutes run out in a 3-2 defeat against Canada in a key World Cup qualifier.
Denis Cheryshev had a solid game as his country beat Montenegro 2-1 in a friendly match, the Russian winger playing the whole game, while fellow wide man Gonçalo Guedes played around 80 minutes on the left for Portugal in a 0-0 draw against Germany, a match which saw Cristiano Ronaldo miss a penalty for the visitors. Jasper Cillessen came on for the final 10 minutes as the Netherlands had a comfortable 2-0 win over Albania in their friendly, replacing young Feyenoord keeper Justin Biljow.
Spain continued their fine form in Toulon as they hit another 4 goals in their second game, this time beating their Costa Rican counterparts 4-0. Fran Pérez set one up as he and fellow winger Hugo González played around an hour each, while Ivan Muñoz and Joseda were once again relied upon throughout at the back, both impressing with a clean sheet.
Koba Lein was again given a half hour run out in the final group game for France, which saw them beat Algeria 4-0, which was enough to see them qualify for the latter stages of the tournament despite losing their opening game. The young midfielder showed a good range of passing during his 30 minute cameo in the victory. Elsewhere, Yunus Musah was handed a start and repaid the faith after just 5 minutes with the opening goal as the USA bounced back from their defeat against Canada with a far more comfortable 2-0 win over Curacao in their latest World Cup qualifier.Share this: