The international break is finally over and we return to Serie A action this weekend!
Before we do that, however, let’s take a look at how Milan players fared for their respective countries during the break.
Five players got the call up for the Azzurri; Luca Antonelli, Giacomo Bonaventura, Mattia De Sciglio, Riccardo Montolivo, and last but especially not least, Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Italy played a friendly match against France, and it was here that Donnarumma made his national team debut, becoming the youngest goalkeeper to make his debut for the Azzurri. Bonaventura played 64 minutes, De Sciglio 56, Donnarumma played the whole 45 of the second half and Montolivo played 45 in a 3-1 loss to France.
Italy then played against Israel in a 2018 World Cup qualifier. Bonaventura and Antonelli started. Antonelli played the whole 90 and earned an assist for Italy’s first goal, while Bonaventura played 62 minutes of the match and won a penalty (which was taken by Candreva) to put Italy 2-0 up. The game finished 3-1.
Alessio Romagnoli played the whole 90 minutes in his sides 1-1 draw against Serbia for their Euro 2017 qualification.
Romagnoli started the second Euro qualifier match against Andorra which Italy won 3-0. David Calabria was an unused bench substitute.
Carlos Bacca was in the starting lineup for Colombia’s first World Cup qualifier against Venezuela. Bacca had an eventful game, assisting on James Rodriguez’ goal and missing a penalty, playing for 81 minutes of the match. Colombia claimed a 2-0 victory.
GIF: Bacca's assist for James Rodriguez' opener for Colombia against Venezuela. pic.twitter.com/cKPe2hUfPb— TheMilanBible (@TheMilanBible) September 1, 2016
Bacca would start again, this time against Brazil in match #2 of their World Cup qualifiers. He played 71 minutes of the match but didn’t assist or score in a 2-1 loss.
Fernandez was on the bench for Chile’s second qualifier, and made a brief 10 minute appearance before appearing to come off injured. No word yet on the severity of the injury, so let’s hope it isn’t too bad! The match ended up 0-0.
The Samurai Blue played two games during the break, of which included a 2-1 shock loss to UAE. Our man Keisuke Honda scored the only goal for Japan in that match and played the whole 90 minutes!
GIF: Honda's goal for Japan against UAE in their 2-1 loss. pic.twitter.com/XS384tzzml— TheMilanBible (@TheMilanBible) September 1, 2016
Japan bounced back in their second world cup qualifier against Thailand, winning comfortably 2-0. Honda played 85 minutes of the match but didn’t get on the score sheet.
Gustavo Gomez played in Paraguay’s 2-1 World Cup qualifier win against Chile, playing for the entire 90 minutes.
Gomez didn’t feature in Paraguay’s second match, a 4-0 loss to Uruguay
Juraj Kucka was originally named in the side, then was left off the sheet entirely for the match against England, which saw Sam Allardyce’s side grab a last gasp winner to take a 1-0 victory.