International

Belgium win, Italy draw, trio score

It was a goal-filled evening for the Chelsea players involved on the international stage with Jorginho, Eden Hazard and Michy Batshuayi all on target.

Jorginho and Davide Zappacosta started for Italy as they opened their UEFA Nations League campaign with a 1-1 draw against Poland after falling behind.

Poland took the lead just before half-time through Piotr Zielinski, who scored a superb volley, and Italy passed up a good opportunity to equalise seven minutes after the break when Federico Bernardeschi fired inches wide.

It looked as though the visitors were all set to claim the victory, but Italy drew level 12 minutes from time when Jorginho, who scored a penalty for Chelsea in our opening-day win at Huddersfield, beat Lukasz Fabianski from the spot.
 

Both Jorginho and Zappacosta completed the full game for Italy, who play their second fixture in the competition away against Portugal on Monday.

Belgium cruised to a comfortable 4-0 friendly win in Scotland with Hazard scoring and Batshuayi chipping in with a brace.

Hazard, who was joined in the starting line-up by younger brother Thorgan, skippered the World Cup semi-finalists to a straightforward victory at Hampden Park, with Romelu Lukaku opening the scoring after being teed up by the younger Hazard.

Eden, as ever, was a threat throughout and headed against the post in the first half, but a minute after the restart he wasn’t to be denied as he fired home with a powerful strike. Hazard has now scored in his last three matches for club and country.

He then turned provider for Chelsea team-mate Batshuayi, currently on loan at Valencia, with the striker finishing well to make it 3-0.
 

Batshuayi, who had replaced Lukaku at half-time, then completed the scoring with his second of the game on the hour, four minutes after Hazard had been withdrawn after an impressive display.

Belgium play Iceland away on Tuesday in their opening Nations League fixture.

In New Jersey overnight, Willian played the final half-hour of Brazil's 2-0 friendly victory against the USA, replacing Douglas Costa on the right wing. Roberto Firmino and new captain Neymar, from the spot, scored before half-time against a side which contained Matt Miazga for the duration. The 23-year-old defender made one goal-line clearance and looked solid against the star-studded Selecao. 

Not far away at the Red Bull Arena, Michael Hector started for Jamaica who were defeated 2-0 by Ecuador, also in a friendly. It was the defender's first appearance for his country since 2016. 

Danilo Pantic was part of the Serbia Under-21 team which beat Macedonia 2-1 in a European Championship qualifier.

Pantic, currently on loan at Partizan Belgrade, started for the home side, who won the match courtesy of a Lazar Randelovic goal 10 minutes from time. Serbia have now won all seven matches they have played and are five points clear at the top of the group.

Faustino Anjorin scored his second goal in as many games for England Under-18s in their 3-0 win over Russia at the Limoges Tournament.

After beating Netherlands 3-0 a couple of days ago, Russia were seen off by the same scoreline earlier today with Anjorin, who came off the bench, completing the scoring. Clinton Mola also started for England.

Elsewhere, Thierno Ballo was also on target with the youngster scoring for Austria Under-19s as they beat Sweden 2-0 in a friendly.

The young attacker was introduced from the bench and netted Austria’s second goal in the 90th minute of the match.

Valentino Livramento started for England Under-17s as they opened their Syrenka Cup campaign with a thumping 6-0 win against Norway.
 

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