Manchester United international round-up: Super goalscoring Fellaini and Falcao

by Phil Shearer

A number of Manchester United stars were in action for their international sides in the past week. Here is a round-up of how they got on.

Radamel Falcao was in action as Colombia took on Bahrain and Kuwait in friendly games. Falcao made an impressive impact in a 72 minute outing against Bahrain, scoring twice and notching one assist, as Colombia steam-rolled towards a comfortable 6-0 win. The striker then completed 90 minutes in the game against Kuwait, scoring Colombia’s third goal from the penalty spot to round-off a 3-1 win.

Marouane Fellaini continued his impressive form with two brilliant displays for Belgium in their European Qualifying games. He notched two great goals in an impressive 70 minute performance during Belgium’s 5-0 win over Cyprus. He followed this up by scoring the all-important winner in a 1-0 win over Israel, completing 90 minutes in that fixture.

Javier Hernandez played a part in both of Mexico’s South American friendlies against Ecuador and Paraguay. The striker, currently on loan at Real Madrid, scored a great goal in Mexico’s 1-0 win over Ecuador, finding the net in the 14th minute before being substituted in injury time at the end of the game. He then started the following game against Paraguay on the bench, coming on for a 30 minute cameo as Mexico picked up another 1-0 win.

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A number of Man United players were in action for England during their two fixtures. Wayne Rooney completed 70 minutes, picking up a goal and an assist in England’s 4-1 win over Lithuania in a European Qualifier game. Phil Jones and Michael Carrick completed 90 minutes while Chris Smalling remained on the bench.

Rooney, Smalling and Jones then started the next game as England picked up a 1-1 draw in their friendly against Italy. Smalling was substituted just before half time, being replaced by Michael Carrick. Smalling’s withdrawal was reportedly due to either illness or concussion.

Marcos Rojo and Angel Di Maria were involved for Argentina as they played a pair of international friendlies against fellow South Americans El Salvador and Ecuador. Di Maria completed a largely unremarkable 73 minutes as Argentina picked up an underwhelming 2-0 win over El Salvador, Marcos Rojo remained on the bench for this game.

Both Rojo and Di Maria started the game as Argentina picked up another win, this time beating Ecuador 2-1. Rojo completed the game at left-back while Di Maria was replaced with around ten minutes left to play.

Antonio Valencia endured a disappointing international break as Ecuador slumped to two friendly game defeats at the hands of Mexico and Argentina. Valencia completed 90 minutes in the 1-0 loss to Javier Hernandez’ goal for Mexico, before remaining on the bench for the 2-1 defeat by Argentina.

David de Gea Iker Casillas

David de Gea was on the bench for Spain’s 1-0 European Qualifier win over Ukraine but played 90 minutes and picked up his fourth international cap in the subsequent match, a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Holland.

Nani completed 90 minutes as Portugal picked up an important 2-1 win over Serbia in the European Qualifiers. The talented winger then sat-out Portugal’s following game against Cape Verde Islands, a game in which Portugal fielded a highly rotated side and picked up a shocking 2-0 defeat.

Daley Blind completed 90 minutes as Holland snatched a late equaliser in their European Qualifier against Turkey, the late goal being scored by Klaas Jan Huntelaar. Blind then completed 73 minutes as his Dutch side picked up their 2-0 win over David De Gea‘s Spain in a friendly game.

Jonny Evans was in action for Northern Ireland as they took on Scotland in a friendly and a European Qualifier against Finland. Despite a strong team performance Northern Ireland lost 1-0 to Scotland thanks to a late Christophe Berra goal, with Evans completing 80 minutes of the match.

The following result was rather more positive as Northern Ireland picked up a vital 2-1 over Finland and continue their impressive qualifying campaign, this time Evans completed the full 90 minutes.

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