Eight players across the club’s various teams featured for their respective countries as the internationals continued. How did they fare?
Alexis Sánchez created another assist but was on the losing side as Chile were surprisingly beaten 3-2 by Romania in their friendly fixture. Goals from Bogdan Stancu, Nicolae Stanciu and Alexandru Baluta’s late strike helped see off their visitors after Gary Medel’s first-half dismissal.
Goalkeeper David Ospina kept a clean sheet during the 61 minutes he played, before being replaced by Camilo Vargas. Presumably an opportunity for José Néstor Pékerman to assess his other options in goal, no updates have provided that the Arsenal man sustained an injury.
France prevailed as 3-2 winners over England during their friendly.
Olivier Giroud and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both started for their respective nations, though the former was sacrificed after Raphael Varane’s contentious sending off in the second-half.
Laurent Koscielny came on in place of his club team-mate, helping to strengthen France’s backline as they battled hard to win the game.
Giroud was denied by a great reaction stop from Tom Heaton during the build-up to Samuel Umtiti’s leveller, but didn’t see as much of the ball in the final third as he would’ve liked.
Oxlade-Chamberlain’s performance divided opinion, many felt that he squandered possession too easily and performed poorly overall whilst others said he grew as the match continued but was unable to provide England’s driving force from midfield.
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As for those representing Arsenal Ladies, the Dutch players did their club proud with another victory. On this occasion, they prevailed as 3-0 winners over Austria on Tuesday evening.
Danielle van de Donk and Vivianne Miedema completed the full 90 minutes, although it was the latter whose presence proved significant in attack. She doubled a quick-fire lead after just four minutes, having been set through on goal by Lieke Martens.
Then, she returned the favour before half-time and created an assist of her own for Martens to convert. By this time, they already boasted a three-goal cushion as Virginia Kirchberger’s own goal after just two minutes meant they were able to settle without possible nerves during this friendly.
Dominique Janssen came off the substitutes’ bench and replaced Kika van Es in the final ten minutes, providing the versatile midfielder somewhat of an opportunity to impress.