Five things we've learned in the international break
11 October 2019
The international break has thrown up plenty of drama in the first few days as football’s biggest stars take their A game to the national stage.
Here are some of things we have learned so far as we gear up for a weekend of international football.
Firmino on fire
Roberto Firmino has three at club level this season and he added to that tally as Brazil drew 1-1 with Senegal.
The Liverpool forward chipped home at the Singapore National Stadium after nine minutes before Famara Diedhiou levelled from the penalty spot.
The game also saw Neymar bring up 100 caps for Brazil and will be hoping to add to his 61 national goals when Brazil play Nigeria next week.
Liverpool’s Sadio Mané also featured in the clash and had the best chance to win the friendly, hitting the post from the edge of the box.
Gnabry keeps form going
Serge Gnabry has been the player on everybody’s lips following his four-goal salvo against Tottenham Hotspur in the UEFA Champions League.
Called up to the Germany team for this round of international fixtures, Gnabry didn’t take long to continue to scoring form.
The former Arsenal man slotted home from close range after just 15 minutes before Kei Havertz scored his first international goal.
Lucas Alario halved the deficit in 66 minutes before debutant Lucas Ocampos’ deflected shot rescued the draw for Argentina.
Another hat-trick for Lewndowski
Another international break and another hat-trick for Robert Lewandowski.
The Polish superstar, who is currently on a scoring run of 10 consecutive club matches, netted his treble in a comfortable victory over Latvia.
The three goals means Lewandowski has 18 goals in 14 games this season for club and country.
It was Lewandwoski’s sixth international hat-trick and puts Poland on the brink of qualifying for Euro 2002.
Depay saves the Netherlands
The Netherlands were facing a must-win when they entertaining Northern Ireland in Rotterdam.
Ronald Koeman’s men sat in third place in the table, below their visitors, and needed a victory to get their qualifying campaign back on track.
Josh Magennis headed Northern Ireland into a shock lead but Memphis Depay’s double and Luuk De Jong’s close-range effort spared the blushes of Oranje.
The two goals puts Memphis on nine goals for the season for club and country.
Lukaku helps Belgium qualify
Romelu Lukaku is a man reborn out in Italy and it appears he has translated that form onto the international stage.
Two goals in a thumping 9-0 victory over San Marino helped Belgium become the first nation to qualify for Euro 2020.
Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld also got on the scoresheet as Belgium made it seven wins from seven in the qualifies.