International round-up (Summer Part 2)
Jasper Cillessen once again had to settle for another spot on the bench, coming on for the last 15 minutes, as Bijlow kept another clean sheet in a 2-0 victory over Slovenia. Gonçalo Guedes only faired slightly better, with a 19 minute run out in a 2-1 victory over Russia, where his team-mate Denis Cheryshev was consigned to a place on the bench. Spain suffered a 1-0 defeat against Italy, an early penalty the only goal of the game, with José Gayà left on the bench and Carlos Soler only getting a run out for the final 12 minutes in Rome. One man who did get a full game was full back Daniel Wass, but he could do little to prevent his side falling to a 2-0 defeat at home against Croatia.
Back in Toulon, the Spanish Under 20 side ensured they topped their group with a 2-1 win over Ghana in their final group game, Joseda and Ivan Muñoz once again playing the full game at the back, while Hugo González also played the full 90 on the left hand side, having a fairly useful game in the win. Fran Pérez came off the bench for the final half hour in the final group game.
Yunus Musah earned his 6th cap for the US as they fell on the road in their latest qualification game against Mexico, 2-1 the final scoreline. The defeat, the 2nd in 3 games so far, sees the USA sit 4th at present in the qualification group, currently topped by Mexico who have won all 3 games so far.
Spain ensured their progress to the final of the Toulon tournament with another impressive display as they beat Croatia 2-0. Young keeper Andres Céspedes was brought in to the defence that once again contained team-mates Joseda and Ivan Muñoz, and they was again proved imperious. Meanwhile Fran Pérez and Hugo González both came off the bench in the win. Koba Lein, meanwhile, played just under an hour from the bench in a 3-1 revenge victory over Wales in their semi-final, enjoying a 94% pass rate in an accurate passing display in the heart of the French midfield.
Yunus Musah was back on the bench as the USA won 3-0 in their latest qualifier, coming on for the final 20 minutes in a comfortable win over Panama, in which Barcelona full-back Sergiño Dest was among the scorers, while Boško Šutalo, who spent the season on loan with Valencia, could do nothing as Croatia were beaten 2-0 by their French under-21 counterparts.
The Toulon final saw a meeting of team-mates, as Koba Lein made his first start of the tournament and played the full game as his country, who began the tournament with a defeat, beat their Spanish rivals 2-0 in the showpiece final. It was a fine victory for the youngster, which came at the expense of no less than 5 of his club colleagues. Céspedes was again handed the role between the sticks behind Joseda and Ivan Muñoz, while wide man Fran Pérez also played the full 90 minutes in defeat, with Hugo González unable to change the tide of the game when he came off the bench.Share this: