RPL players on international duty: Magnusson and Kvaratskhelia make Euro 2020 playoff finals, Normann scores first goal for Norway

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On 8 October, Russian Premier Liga players took part in their national team matches.

Euro 2020 play-off semi-finals

Path A: Iceland 2-1 Romania

CSKA defender Hordur Magnusson played the whole game for Iceland, but his club teammate Arnor Sigurdsson missed the game. On 12 November, in the Route A play-off final, Iceland will face Hungary, who beat Bulgaria in Sofia. Iceland will host a Nations League game against Denmark in Reykjavik on 11 October.

Path A: Bulgaria 1-3 Hungary

Arsenal Tula midfielder Georgi Kostadinov, who led the Bulgarian national team with the captain's armband in September, did not play in Sofia. On 11 October, Bulgaria will continue their Nations League campaign with an away match against Finland.

Path B: Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-1 (3-4 on penalties) Northern Ireland

FC Rostov defender Dennis Hadzikadunic received his first call-up to the Bosnian national team, but remained on the bench, and although his team were winning after the first half, they lost in a penalty shootout. On 11 October, on matchday three of the Nations League, the Bosnians will face the Netherlands at home.

Path C: Norway 1-2 (AET) Serbia

Rostov midfielder Mathias Normann came on after the break, was booked a minute later, and in the 88th minute scored his first goal for the Norwegian national team to take the game into extra time. Ural Ekaterinburg defender Stefan Strandberg appeared for extra time, but the victory was snatched by the Serbs, who scored twice via Sergey Milinkovic-Savic. Rubin Kazan striker Djordje Despotovic was not included in Serbia’s squad. On 12 November the Serbs will face Scotland at home in the League C final.

On 11 October,Norway will play Romanian in the Nations League in Oslo, and the Serbs will take on Hungary in Belgrade.

Path D: Georgia 1-0 Belarus

Rubin winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia played for the hosts from the first minute and was replaced at the end of the second half. At the beginning of the match, ex-Krasnodar player Tornike Okriashvili earned a penalty and converted it himself. The full match was played by Rotor Volgograd defender Solomon Kverkvelia, while FC Ufa’s Jamal Tabidze came on in the 82nd minute. Arsenal’s Gia Grigalava stayed on the bench.

Krasnodar captain Aleksandr Martynovich, Ural defender Nikolai Zolotov and Lokomotiv striker Vitaly Lisakovich were named in the starting line for Belarus. The first two played the whole 90 minutes, while the latter was replaced in the 70th minute. Arsenal midfielder Valery Gromyko was left on the bench.

In the play-off final on 12 November, Georgia will host North Macedonia, who beat Kosovo 2-1 at home. On 11 October, the Georgians will meet Armenia in Poland in the Nations League, and Belarus will take on Lithuania in Vilnius.

2022 World Cup qualification - South America

Argentina 1-0 Ecuador

Sochi midfielder Christian Noboa was not named in Ecuador’s roster for their first 2022 World Cup qualifier. This is Noboa’s first first call-up since March 2019. In the next game, which will take place on 14 October, Ecuador will play Uruguay at home.

In the CONMEBOL qualifiers, 10 South American teams play each other home and away: the top four teams will go directly to the 2022 World Cup finals, while the fifth-placed team will play in the play-offs.


Uzbekistan 1-2 Iran

Zenit striker Sardar Azmoun put the Iranians ahead before the break with his 33rd goal for the national team, and was substituted in the 75th minute. The only goal for Uzbekistan was scored by former Rostov player Eldor Shomurodov, while Spartak midfielder Oston Urunov was not included in the lineup. The teams will both hold one more friendly match: Iran will host Tajikistan in Tehran on 12 October, and Uzbekistan will meet Yemen the next day.

2021 European Under-21 Championships qualifiers

Group 4: Croatia 10-0 San Marino

CSKA Moscow midfielder Kristijan Bistrovic played the full 90 minutes and made an assist while his Dynamo Moscow compatriot Nicola Moro remained in the reserve, and the Croatian under-21 team recorded the biggest victory in their history. The Croats are second in the group with 13 points after seven games and are two points behind the Czech Republic. They will play their next match on 13 October away against Greece, who are also on 13 points.

Group 6: Kazakhstan 1-4 North Macedonia

Sochi midfielder Akmal Bakhtiyarov was included in the home team's starting line-up, but was substituted in the 40th minute when they were 1-0 down. Rostov striker David Tosevski appeared in the 62nd minute with the visitors then 3-1 up. North Macedonia, having scored 13 points in seven matches, move to second place in the group, while Kazakhstan are fourth on 10 points. On 13 October, North Macedonia will host Israel in Skopje, and Kazakhstan will meet group leaders Spain.

Photo: Football Association of Iceland; Norwegian Football Federation


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