International round-up (Part 4)
The second game in the latest round of International fixtures saw the Valencia academy products once again feature heavily in a rousing 6-0 demolition of their Israeli counterparts. Young goalkeeper Andrés Céspedes again featured throughout, where he was barely troubled in goal as Spain dominated the game from start to finish. Club colleague Joseda also played the entire 90 minutes in the clash at his preferred position of right-back, also grabbing an assist. César Tárrega was again in the holding role, but lasted just 6 minutes before coming off injured, while Pedro Alemañ also started, coming off after 75 after also helping set up one of the goals. Hugo González, who came of the bench last time out, started and clocked up just under 70 minutes of action in total. There were appearances from the bench for Cristhian Mosquera, Andrés Garcia, Jésus Vázquez, who was subsequently withdrawn again after picking up a knock, and Alejandro Salas, who came on for the last quarter and also set up a goal for Celta Vigo winger Miguel Rodriguez.
Hugo Guillamón again started for the Under 21 side, who were also in rampant form with a 5-0 win over Kosovo, former Valencia winger Ferran Torres opening the scoring after just 2 minutes of the encounter, in which Spain managed a total of 37 shots in an extremely one-sided affair. Others in Under 21 action were Joshua Zirkzee, who scored the equaliser as the Netherlands fell 3-1 away at England, and Emile Smith Rowe starting for the hosts and picking up a booking in the opening minute.
At full senior level, Gonçalo Guedes once again came off the bench for Portugal, this time ensuring victory for his country as he grabbed the only goal from close range, 64 minutes in, to claim a tight 1-0 victory against Bosnia in the Nations League, the result seeing Portugal stay top in Group 1 with a 100% record from their four games so far.
Also in Nations League action was Jasper Cillessen, who again featured throughout for the Netherlands as they fell to a 1-0 defeat away in Italy, Ciro Immobile grabbing the only goal of the game from the spot. Another loser during the latest round of fixtures was José Gayà, who despite featuring throughout could not prevent Spain slipping to a 3-1 defeat against Switzerland, finding themselves 3-1 down before Navas pulled one back in what was a largely poor performance from la selección. Antonio Valencia was present throughout in a1-1 draw away to Venezuela, while Lee Kang-In picked up another man of the match award and assist in a draw away to Syria by the same scoreline. Finally Maxi Gómez could do little from the bench a Uruguay were defeated 2-0 by Paraguay.Share this: