MILAN - 13 Nerazzurri players from the First Team were in action over the last international break. Overall, they played for a total of 1,392 minutes if you also add the minutes played by Lucien Agoumé and Lorenzo Pirola at the Under-17 World Cup.
The most striking figure concerns Milan Skriniar who played 189 minutes for Slovakia in their EURO 2020 qualifying campaign. The Nerazzurri defender is the outfield player from the top five European leagues to have played every minute at club (16 matches without being replaced) and international level (five matches without being replaced) in the 2019-20 season out of those who have played at least 16 matches (data from Opta).
The players who scored international goals were Romelu Lukaku, Nicolò Barella and Sebastiano Esposito. The Belgian forward started in the 4-1 away win over Russia, providing an assist and scoring a goal while he was rested for Belgium's second match. Barella featured for 137 minutes with Italy. He played 92 minutes against Bosnia and Herzegovina and the first half against Armenia in which he scored his third Azzurri goal. Cristiano Biraghi was also involved for Italy as they beat Armenia 9-1. For Esposito, the start of his spell with the Italy Under-19s got off to a memorable start, playing for 282 minutes, won three matches, scored two goals and provided three assists. The Nerazzurri Primavera players Ntube and Colombini also played important roles.
Marcelo Brozovic, Valentino Lazaro and Stefan de Vrij played in EURO 2020 qualifier. Brozovic featured for 97 minutes in a win over Skriniar’s Slovakia but he didn’t play in their second match. It was the same story for Lazaro who started in Austria’s 2-1 win over North Macedonia before sitting out in Riga. De Vrij didn’t feature at all for the Netherlands.
Lautaro Martinez, Diego Godin and Matias Vecino were all involved in glamorous friendly matches. The Argentina forward started in their 1-0 win over Brazil and came on the 76th minute in the 2-2 draw against Uruguay and his two Nerazzurri teammates. For Uruguay, Godin played for 192 minutes against Hungary and Argentina while Vecino was involved for 139 minutes.
As mentioned, Lucien Agoumé also featured for the France side that finished third at the Under-17 World Cup. Lorenzo Pirola was also there in the Italy side that came fourth with Gnonto, Oristanio, Boscolo Chio and Moretti also in that team.