Jorginho played the whole game as Italy were held to a draw by Andriy Shevchenko’s Ukraine on an emotional evening in Genoa.
The friendly match finished 1-1 in the northern Italian city where 43 people lost their lives when a bridge collapsed in August. That tragedy was marked ahead of the game and during it, too, when play stopped on 43 minutes as applause rang around the Stadio Luigi Ferraris to commemorate those who died.
On the pitch, Jorginho started at the base of a three-man midfield, as he has done since joining Chelsea in the summer. Italy dominated the first half without scoring but did take the lead 10 minutes after the interval when Juventus’s Federico Bernardeschi’s speculative long-ranger found a way in.
Ukraine, managed by our former striker Shevchenko, equalised shortly after the hour through Ruslan Malinovskiy’s guided volley. It was the visitors who came closest to winning the game, hitting the underside of the crossbar from a free-kick and forcing Gianluigi Donnarumma, the Italian keeper, into a couple of decent saves.
It finished all-square though with Emerson Palmieri an unused substitute. Italy are next in action on Sunday when they travel to Poland for a UEFA Nations League fixture.
In a qualifier for next year’s European Under-19 Championships, Netherlands eased past the Faroe Islands 5-0 with Daishawn Redan completing the scoring in stoppage time. Juan Castillo also completed the full game for the Dutch, who play Bosnia and Ireland in the next week.
Elsewhere in Euro 2019 qualifying, Thierno Ballo featured as a late sub as Austria were held to a goalless draw with Kosovo in Hungary. They meet Slovenia next on Saturday.
The internationals continue tomorrow with plenty more Chelsea involvement expected. France, Spain and Wales are all in action, as are a number of England youth teams.