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A Review of the Rossoneri Performances Over The International Break

12 AC Milan players were called up by the national teams for the international break. Here’s a breakdown of their performances:

Liechtenstein v Italy - UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifier Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images

12 AC Milan players were called up by the national teams for the international break. Here's a breakdown of their performances:

Alessio Romagnoli has an amazing game for Italy against Liechtenstein as the Azzuri demolished their competition 5-0. Romagnoli played as the centre-back alongside Mancini as they young duo kept a clean sheet. But Romagnoli had a special game as he scored his first ever goal for Italy with a 77th minute header.

Gianluigi Donnarumma started Italy's first game against Greece and kept a crucial clean sheet that guaranteed Italy as the first team to qualify for the Euro 2020 competition. Donnarumma made a number of excellent saves to hold off Greece as Italy keep their solid winning form under Roberto Mancini.

Hakan Calhanoglu played two games for Turkey against Albania and France where his side were able to come away with four points to get them tied with France atop their group with 19 points. The midfielder grabbed a key assist in a 1-1 draw with France but has been on the receiving end of criticism for his celebration alongside his teammates. The Turkish players gave a military salute in both games that is considered a political gesture at a sensitive time when Turkey are carrying out military attacks in Syria.

Ismael Bennacer played two friendlies for Algeria against DR Congo and Colombia. Algeria drew 1-1 with the DRC but destroyed Colombia 3-0 as Bennacer assisted the second goal by Riyad Mahrez. The midfielder put on solid performances commanding the midfield and controlling the tempo of both matches.

Ante Rebic featured in both qualifiers for Croatia as they beat Hungary 3-0 and drew 1-1 with Wales. He started the game against Croatia and got an assist for the second goal of the game while he came off the bench against Wales. He demonstrated his influence on the left wing using his pace and strength and will definitely give Stefano Pioli something to think about. He also won a penalty as a result of his immense pressure.

Ricardo Rodriguez started both games for Switzerland in their Euro qualifications. He played as a left wing back in a 3-5-2. They lost their initial game 1-0 to Denmark but bounced back with a 2-0 victory of Ireland. Rodriguez had average performances but notably missed a penalty in the second game.

Rade Krunic only played 15 minutes off the bench for Bosnia and Herzegovina as they beat Finland 4-1. He remained on the bench when they lost 2-1 to Greece. Krzysztof Piatek came off the bench in both of Poland's qualifiers playing half an hour against Latvia in a 3-0 and about a minute in their second win 2-0 over North Macedonia. Franck Kessie played their entire international friendly between Ivory Coast and DR Congo as his side prevailed 3-1. Rafael Leao played 80 minutes for Portugal U-21 as they lost 4-2 to the Netherlands U-21. Lastly, Lucas Paqueta was an unused substitute for Brazil's friendly against Sengal but played two minutes in the second friendly with Nigeria. They drew both games 1-1.

As a bonus, former Milan star Andriy Shevchenko who was recently rumoured to be a potential option as manager qualified for the Euro 2020 competition with Ukraine. His side beat Portugal 2-1 to secure their place in the tournament. Ukraine have 19 points from 7 games and are yet to lose in their qualification games. The side has only lost once in their last fifteen games.