International round-up: Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial excel, Henrikh Mkhitaryan suffers injury scare

by Leo Nieboer

Bastian SchweinsteigerAn assured, comfortable performance in what was an emotional swan-song for the 32-year-old, making his 121st and final appearance for Germany in a routine 2-0 win over Finland.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan: Forced off in the first half of Armenia’s 3-0 loss to the Czech Republic with a knee injury following a nasty collision with Marek Sukhy. Thankfully, recent reports suggest that the injury isn’t serious, and the 27-year-old should be available for the Manchester derby on September 10.

Paul Pogba: A blockbuster evening for the world’s most expensive footballer: an emphatic, domineering midfield performance was crowned by two wonderful assists assists for Anthony Martial and Layvin Kurwaza in France’s 3-1 away win over Italy.

Anthony MartialAfter a tricky start to life under Jose Mourinho, this was a performance that evoked memories of the Martial of last season. His well taken goal – the first for his country – will do his confidence a world of good.

Daley BlindFound life difficult in a side struggling with confidence after an awful string of results in 2016. His individual performance was mostly solid, but couldn’t prevent his side from falling to a 2-1 defeat at home to Greece.

Juan MataAn unused substitute in Spain’s 2-0 win over a muted Belgium side.

David de GeaFlapped at an early cross, nearly gifting Belgium an early goal, but went on to produce a stellar performance.

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