La Liga took a week’s break to make way for the international break but we’ve kept an eye on those players based in Spain’s top flight that have shone in the shirts of their countries. Over the last several days, the UEFA Nations League is coming to a climax while the South American sides are gearing up for another marathon World Cup qualification campaign.
Barcelona’s number two may be short of minutes this season but impressed during the Netherlands’ emphatic win over Germany and 1-1 draw with Belgium. The keeper denied Thomas Muller with two strong hands with the game goalless in the first half.
The Frenchman has cemented himself as France’s starting left back after a stellar World Cup and the Atleti man has continued his fine form for his country. After being rested against Iceland, Hernandez was let loose against Germany and contributed with a mazy run past several German defenders at the end of the first half. It was his cross that was headed in by Antoine Griezmann to bring France level.Embed from Getty Images
Despite Spain’s disappointing defeat against England on Monday, Ramos managed to notch another two goals for his country against British opposition. His header doubled Spain’s lead in Wales during a routine win before adding another headed goal to his tally against Gareth Southgate’s men. It was a night he will want to forget in Seville having been given the run around by Harry Kane and co.
The Real Betis centre back didn’t feature in Spain’s loss to England but did managed 45 minutes of action in Cardiff against Wales which included a superb near-post header to give the visitors their fourth.
Another one of those that was involved in a much-changed line-up in Wales, Ceballos put in an impressive display full of creativity, class and guile. Luis Enrique opted to bring on the youngster shortly after half time against England. The former Real Betis man proved a popular introduction with the home crowd and brought a cutting edge to Spain’s play that they’d missed in the first half.
The former Real Madrid winger will have excited his Valencia fans with his performances for Russia over the last few days. The World Cup star side-footed his country into a 2-0 lead against Turkey in Sochi after Alexander Golovin’s low cross.Embed from Getty Images
Sergio Busquets was heavily criticised for his display against England on Monday night but Atletico Madrid’s new signing put in a performance in Wales that included control, physicality and tempo that Busquets lacked in Seville.
In the interest of having a lop-sided team, Griezmann drops into midfield on this occasion. The Atletico talisman toiled against Iceland but made his mark against Germany with two goals. His opportunistic header was followed by a clinical penalty to turn the result around in Paris.
The Villarreal striker found the net in successive games for Colombia over the weekend. He followed up his strike against the United States in Tampa with a near-post finish past Keylor Navas after breaking past two Costa Rica defenders in Colombia’s 3-1 win.
Huesca’s loanee added a further two goals for Colombia in the second half after Bacca had opened the scoring before half time. The first was a simple header after Navas parried Juan Cuadrado’s low drive before Cuadrado squared for him to round off the scoring.Embed from Getty Images
The Portuguese forward has been on fine form for Sevilla since joining on loan from Milan in the summer and continued his scoring streak with Portugal’s crucial equaliser away at Poland in the Nations League. He converted Pizzi’s cut-back to bring the visitors level before the reigning European champions ran out 3-2 winners.