MIXED NIGHT FOR INTERNATIONAL BLUES

Posted on: Wed 17 Oct 2012

It was another busy night of international action for Chelsea's players, but England will have to wait after their game was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

The World Cup qualifying game in Poland was a victim of the weather, with the game put back until Wednesday afternoon. Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill will be able to take the field from 4pm UK time in Warsaw.

Two second-half goals were enough for Belgium to see of Scotland in Brussels, with three Chelsea men featuring for the home side. Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and winger Kevin De Bruyne, both away on loan at Atletico Madrid and Werder Bremen respectively, each played all 90 minutes, while Eden Hazard was a half-time substitute for Tottenham's Moussa Dembele. Both goals came following De Bruyne corners.

In the same group, Branislav Ivanovic was only named as a substitute in Serbia's 1-0 defeat in Macedonia, the defender coming on with 22 minutes to go, just 10 minutes after his side had fallen behind to a penalty, which also saw them reduced to 10 men.

Belgium sit atop the group with 10 points from their four games, while Serbia trail with just four. Croatia also have 10 points.

In Group B, Petr Cech kept a clean sheet for his Czech Republic side, but will be frustrated they were unable to break the deadlock against Bulgaria in Prague. The draw leaves the Czechs third in the group but with a game in hand on the Bulgarians and Italy ahead of them.

Substitute Fernando Torres could not help Spain past France in Madrid, as the visitors stole an injury-time equaliser through Arsenal's Olivier Giroud. The Chelsea forward was introduced with 15 minutes remaining. Spain remain at the top of their group with seven points from three games.

In a friendly played at lunchtime in Poland, David Luiz, Oscar and Ramires were all starters for Brazil as they demolished Japan 4-0.

In the Under-21 category, there were vital away wins for England and Spain as both progressed to next summer's European Championship Finals in Israel.

Josh McEachran was an unused sub as England won 1-0 in Serbia (2-0 on aggregate), while Oriol Romeu played the first half for the Spanish in Denmark, where they won 3-1 to complete an 8-1 aggregate victory.

It was not a good night for our on-loan defender Tomas Kalas who gave away a penalty and then collected a second yellow card as Czech Republic U21s drew 2-2 with Russia but were knocked out 4-2 on aggregate.