International round-up: Poor night for Romero and Rojo, Darmian impresses

by Tanveer Arayan


Matteo DarmianLooked solid all evening on the left-hand side of a back five, holding the ball well and comfortably dealing with the threat of Jeremain Lens as Italy came from behind to beat the Netherlands in Amsterdam.

Daley Blind:  Produced another composed display on the ball at left wing back but couldn’t offer much end product going forward as his side slumped to another galling defeat in the wake of his father’s dismissal.

Marcos RojoDeployed at left back in order to make way for Ramiro Funes Mori and, in keeping with his performances on the flank at Old Trafford this season, notably struggled to cope with what was a furious tempo at high altitude against Bolivia.

Sergio RomeroPositioning could have been better for Bolivia’s opening goal but he could do nothing about Marcelo Martins’ thunderous 52nd minute strike. Didn’t receive much help from a ramshackle Argentina back four.

David de GeaMade an important save from rumoured Manchester United target Kylian Mbappe after just five minutes, diverting the Frenchman’s flicked effort away from goal with his foot, and went on to claim an impressive clean sheet in Paris as Spain picked up a 2-0 win.

Ander HerreraCame on for the last 15 minutes against France and helped to close out the game with a series of smart interceptions. Provided his usual dedication to the cause on what was his second appearance for Spain.

Eric BaillyPlaced himself at the heart of a scrappy, hard-fought encounter with Senegal, making a number of powerful headers and clearances. Could have been more disciplined at times.

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