15.10.2020

RPL players on international duty: Vlasic scores against France, Kvaratskhelia’s first goal for Georgia

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On 14 October, Russian Premier Liga players represented their countries on matchday four of the Nations League.

League A

Group 1: Poland 3-0 Bosnia and Herzegovina

Rostov defender Dennis Hadzikadunic came on in the 33rd minute instead of Miralem Pjanic. By this time the Bosnians were down to 10 men, and then between the 40th to 52nd minutes Poland scored three unanswered goals for the visitors. Polish Midfielders Grzegorz Krychowiak and Sebastian Szymanski of Lokomotiv and Dynamo Moscow respectively were on the bench.

Poland lead the Group 1 with seven points, while Bosnia prop up the table on two points. On the next Nations League matchday, which will be held on 15 November, the group matches will be Italy vs Poland and the Netherlands vs Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Group 2: Iceland 1-2 Belgium

CSKA defender Hordur Magnusson won his 32nd match for Iceland and was replaced in the 86th minute. Armymen midfielder Arnor Sigurdsson missed the game due to injury. The Icelanders suffered their fourth defeat in four games and guaranteed last place in the group; they are left seven points behind third place with two matchdays remaining. On 12 November, they will have a decisive play-off match for Euro 2020 against Hungary away.

Group 3: Croatia 1-2 France

CSKA midfielder Nikola Vlasic earned a yellow card in the fifth minute and equalized in the 65th. It was his fifth goal in his 15th game for the national team, but his team was defeated when Kylian Mbappe bagged the winner in the 79th minute. After conceding, Vlasic was substituted.

Defenders Dejan Lovren and Filip Uremovic, representing Zenit St. Petersburg and Rubin Kazan respectively, played the entire match and received bookings. The Croats are third in the group after four matchdays, three points ahead of Sweden.

Group 3: Portugal 3-0 Sweden

Three FC Krasnodar players – Kristoffer Olsson, Viktor Claesson and Marcus Berg – were included in the starting line-up for Sweden. Olsson earned a yellow card and together with Claesson played until the end of the match in Lisbon. Berg, who wore the captain's armband and also received a warning, was replaced in the 88th minute. Spartak Moscow forward Jordan Larsson remained on the bench, while Rubin defender Carl Starfelt was not included in the visitors’ lineup.

Sweden remain in the last place without points, while Portugal and France lead the table with 10 points. On 14November, on Nations League matchday five, Sweden will host Croatia at home, while Portugal will face France at home.

League B

Group 1: Norway 1-0 Northern Ireland

Rostov midfielder Mathias Normann played 65 minutes for the hosts, while Ural Ekaterinburg defender Stefan Strandberg played the entire match. Strandberg met a Norwegian corner to score the winning goal, which was recorded as an own goal by Stuart Dallas.

Norway have nine points and remain in second place in the group, only behind Austria due to a 2-1 defeat between the two. On 15 November, Norway will continue their Nations league campaign with an away match against Romania, and three days later will play Austria away.

Group 2: Scotland 1-0 Czech Republic

Spartak midfielder Aleks Kral played 77 minutes in Glasgow, and the Czech Republic lost their second meeting in a row to Scotland. The Czechs are second in the group, and four points behind Scotland who have 10. On 11 November, the Czech Republic will play a friendly match against Germany on the road, while on 15 and 18 November they will host the teams of Israel and Slovakia respectively in the Nations League.

Group 3: Turkey 2-2 Serbia

Rubin striker Djordje Despotovic was left out of the Serbian lineup. The visitors went 2-0 up in Istanbul after 49 minutes, but conceded twice by the 76th minute. Serbia are last in Russia’s group with two points, while Turkey are third with three points. On 12 November, Serbia will play the final Euro 2020 play-off match at home against Scotland.

Group 4: Bulgaria 0-1 Wales

Arsenal Tula midfielder Georgi Kostadinov did not play against Wales due to injury, and without the Arsenal player, Bulgaria conceded the decisive goal in the 85th minute. Bulgaria remain in fourth place in the group with one point. On 15 November, Bulgaria will face Finland at home, and on 18 November they will play the Republic of Ireland on the road.

League C

Group 2: North Macedonia 1-1 Georgia

Rubin midfielder Khvicha Kvaratskhelia came on in the 71st minute and three minutes later put the Georgians ahead after finding the corner of the net. The goal was the 19-year-old’s first for the senior Georgia side in his fifth appearance. The visitors played with a man advantage from the 67th minute, but saw victory slip away in added time when the hosts equalised with a penalty.

Georgian defenders Solomon Kverkvelia and Jamal Tabidze, who play for Rotor Volgograd and FC Ufa respectively, played 90 minutes, while Arsenal player Gia Grigalava was left out. North Macedonia and Georgia occupy the top two positions in the group with six points each. On 12 November, the teams will meet in a Euro 2020 play-off final in Georgia.

Group 2: Estonia 1-1 Armenia

FC Tambov striker Aleksandr Karapetyan made the Armenian starting line-up and was replaced in the 83rd minute. Rostov midfielder Khoren Bayramyan was on the bench, while Tambov defender Varazdat Aroyan, who received his second yellow card in the Nations League on the last matchday, missed the match. Armenia are third in the group with five points. On 15 November, they face Georgia on the road, and on 18 November they host North Macedonia.

Group 3: Moldova 0-4 Slovenia

Ufa midfielder Catalin Carp played for the hosts in the first half, during which time they conceded three goals. FC Sochi defender Miha Mevlja played 90 minutes for the Slovenians, and Ufa striker Lovro Bizjak made his debut for the national team. He replaced the hat-trick scorer Haris Vuckic in the 77th minute. Slovenia are on 10 points and top the group, while Moldova are last with one point. On 15 November, the group fixtures will be Slovenia vs Kosovo and Moldova vs Greece.

Group 4: Belarus 2-0 Kazakhstan

Krasnodar captain Aleksandr Martynovich, who has also worn the armband for Belarus, was not included in the lineup. Lokomotiv Moscow striker Vitaly Lisakovich started for the hosts, and was replaced in the 66th minute by Ural defender Nikolai Zolotov. Arsenal midfielder Valery Gromyko was on the bench.

Akhmat Grozny defender Marat Bystrov played 78 minutes for the visitors, while CSKA midfielder Baktiyor Zaynutdinov played the entire match. In the 57th minute, Kazakhstan's Khimki midfielder Islambek Kuat came on. Thanks to the home win, the Belarusians are clear at the top of the group with seven points, while Kazakhstan are bottom with four points.

On 15 November, Belarus will play Lithuania at home on matchday five of the Nations League, while Kazakhstan will play Albania away.

Photo: Croatian Football Union


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