MILAN – Following the UEFA Nations League matches on Wednesday, the international break is now over. 13 Nerazzurri players were involved in a host of games, ranging from friendlies and World Cup qualifiers through to the matches in Europe. In total, they were out on the pitch for 2147 minutes and will return to Milan with a ten-goal haul. Now, the team’s attentions will turn to the Derby showdown against Milan at 18:00 CEST on Saturday, but first let’s analyse our players’ recent performances for their respective National Teams.
ITALY | BARELLA, SENSI AND D'AMBROSIO ALL INVOLVED
Three Nerazzurri players took to the pitch for Italy. Sensi played 22 minutes in Italy’s friendly victory over Moldova, while Barella started both of the Azzurri’s Nations League fixtures. Against the Netherlands, he was one of the best performers, providing the assist for Pellegrini to open the scoring. Meanwhile, D’Ambrosio played 90 minutes against the Dutch in Bergamo.
#NationsLeague— Nazionale Italiana ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@Vivo_Azzurro) October 14, 2020
📸 A #Bergamo gli #Azzurri ottengono il loro 19° risultato utile consecutivo. Ora sono secondi nel Gruppo 1, ad un punto dalla Polonia
🇮🇹🇳🇱 #ItaliaPaesiBassi 1⃣-1⃣#ITANED #UNL#Nazionale #VivoAzzurro pic.twitter.com/8zJFlKKcw7
DENMARK | ERIKSEN: THREE GOALS AND 100 APPEARANCES
Christian Eriksen made his 100th appearance for his country against England at Wembley. He decided matters too: his goal from the penalty spot secured a win for the Danes. Inter’s number 24 made his mark in Denmark’s other fixtures as well: he found the net against the Faroe Islands and during his country’s away win in Iceland.
BELGIUM | LUKAKU, A GOAL MACHINE
Romelu Lukaku scored three goals in two matches in the latest round of international fixtures: after netting in Belgium’s defeat to England at Wembley, Romelu bagged a brace and captained the Belgians to victory in Iceland. Already his country’s all-time leading goalscorer, Big Rom has now found the net 55 times for Belgium and has scored 44 goals in his last 45 appearances for the Red Devils.
It was an honour to lead the team. Proud of my teammates! important win and an important to bounce back @belgianreddevils— R.Lukaku Bolingoli9 (@RomeluLukaku9) October 15, 2020
10.10.1968 happy birthday mom
#10 was for you ❤️ pic.twitter.com/OXdOunw3XL
SERBIA | TWO MATCHES FOR KOLAROV
Aleksandar Kolarov was involved in two games for Serbia. In their semi-final playoff showdown against Norway in European qualifying, the Serbs emerged victorious in extra time. They then played out a 2-2 draw with Turkey in the UEFA Nations League.
CROATIA | BROZOVIC, PERISIC AND A REPLAY OF THE WORLD CUP FINAL
Marcelo Brozovic and Ivan Perisic were heavily involved for Croatia, who beat Switzerland in a friendly and Sweden in the Nations League. In the same competition, Dalic’s side lost out to France in Zagreb, failing to gain revenge for their World Cup final defeat. From the Nerazzurri’s point of view, Perisic’s assist against Sweden was particularly noteworthy.
NETHERLANDS | DE VRIJ PLAYS 225 MINUTES
He played the first half of the Netherlands’ friendly against Mexico before remaining on the pitch throughout the Orange’s two Nations League fixtures. The Nerazzurri centre-back also played in a three-man backline, as he does at Inter, alongside Van Dijk and Aké against Italy.
CHILE | VIDAL AND SANCHEZ ON THE SCORESHEET AS THE LATTER BREAKS ANOTHER RECORD
Chile’s World Cup qualifying campaign didn’t get off to the best start, but Vidal and Sanchez undoubtedly made their mark. First, Alexis scored against Uruguay, although this wasn’t enough to avoid a 2-1 defeat. Then, La Roja drew 2-2 with Colombia, with Vidal netting from the penalty spot and Sanchez bagging his country’s second prior to Falcao’s injury-time equaliser. Sanchez, who is already Chile’s all-time top scorer with 45 goals, moved ahead of Ivan Zamorano in the ranking for goals scored in competitive fixtures: 26 compared to 25.
👁 Ojo al #Dato— Selección Chilena (@LaRoja) October 14, 2020
⚽️ Con este gol, @Alexis_Sanchez superó a Iván Zamorano (25) y se convierte en el máximo goleador histórico de #LaRoja en partidos oficiales (26).
🇨🇱 ¡A seguir aumentando la cuenta, genio!
🇨🇱 2-1 🇨🇴 #VamosLaRoja #VamosChile pic.twitter.com/P8rxd61UJB
ARGENTINA | IMPORTANT WINS AND A GOAL FOR EL TORO
Argentina picked up an important six points in World Cup qualifying thanks to wins over Ecuador and Bolivia. Lautaro Martinez started both fixtures and managed to get on the scoresheet in La Paz, bagging his country’s equaliser prior to Correa’s winner.
MOROCCO | HAKIMI, A TRADEMARK ASSIST
Hakimi’s Morocco played two friendly fixtures, both of which the Nerazzurri wing-back started. During his country’s win against Senegal, Achraf provided a great assist following a foray down the right, a real trademark of his.
INTERNATIONALS| THE OVERVIEW
Nicolò Barella (Italy) | 168 minutes
Poland 0-0 Italy, 11.10.2020 | 78 minutes
Italy 1-1 Netherlands, 14.10.2020 | 90 minutes + assist
Danilo D’Ambrosio (Italy) | 90 minutes
Italy 1-1 Netherlands, 14.10.2020 |90 minutes
Stefano Sensi (Italy) | 22 minutes
Italy 6-0 Moldavia, 07.10.2020 | 22 minutes
Aleksandar Kolarov (Serbia) | 210 minutes
Norway 2-1 Serbia, 08.10.2020 | 120 minutes
Turkey 2-2 Serbia, 15.10.2020 |90 minutes
Marcelo Brozovic (Croatia) | 135 minutes
Switzerland 1-2 Croatia, 07.10.2020 | 45 minutes
Croatia 2-1 Sweden, 11.10.2020 | 90 minutes
Ivan Perisic (Croatia) | 178 minutes
Switzerland 1-2 Croatia, 07.10.2020 |15 minutes
Croatia 2-1 Sweden, 11.10.2020 | 85 minutes + assist
Croatia 1-2 France, 14.10.2020 | 78 minutes
Stefan de Vrij (Netherlands) | 225 minutes
Netherlands 0-1 Mexico, 07.10.2020 | 45 minutes
Bosnia and Herzegovina 0-0 Netherlands, 11.10.2020 | 90 minutes
Italy 1-1 Netherlands, 14.10.2020 | 90 minutes
Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) | 180 minutes
England 2-1 Belgium, 11.10.2020 | 90 minutes + goal
Iceland 1-2 Belgium, 14.10.2020 |90 minutes + 2 goals
Lautaro Martinez (Argentina) | 165 minutes
Argentina 1-0 Ecuador, 08.10.2020 | 76 minutes
Bolivia 1-2 Argentina, 13.10.2020 | 89 minutes + goal
Alexis Sanchez (Chile) | 180 minutes
Uruguay 2-1 Chile, 08.10.2020 | 90 minutes + goal
Chile 2-2 Colombia, 13.10.2020 | 90 minutes + goal
Arturo Vidal (Chile) | 180 minutes
Uruguay 2-1 Chile, 08.10.2020 | 90 minutes
Chile 2-2 Colombia, 13.10.2020 | 90 minutes + goal
Christian Eriksen (Denmark) | 252 minutes
Denmark 4-0 Faroe Islands, 07.10.2020 | 72 minutes + goal
Iceland 0-3 Denmark, 11.10.2020 |90 minutes + goal
England 0-1 Denmark, 14.10.2020 | 90 minutes + goal
Achraf Hakimi (Morocco) | 162 minutes
Morocco 3-1 Senegal, 09.10.2020 | 90 minutes + assist
Morocco 1-1 Rep. Dem. Congo, 13.10.2020 | 72 minutes