International round-up: Frustrating night for Anthony Martial, Marouane Fellaini makes excellent comeback

by Leo Nieboer

David De GeaHad very little to do between the sticks in Spain’s emphatic 8-0 win over Liechtenstein. Gathered crosses and distributed the ball intelligently, but was never called into serious action. A fourth clean sheet for club and country this season.

Juan MataOnce again an unused sub under new manager Julen Lopetegui.

Daley BlindProduced a convincing performance from left back in what was a disjointed, scrappy game against Sweden. Managed to provide some attacking impetus through a series of pinpoint crosses and incisive passes as the Netherlands pushed for a late winner.

Paul Pogba: Displayed some moments of mesmerising individual skill and dictated proceedings against Belarus, but was unable to convert his dominance in midfield into goals for France as Olivier Giroud and Kevin Gamerio both scuppered chances to give France the lead.

Anthony MartialLit up an otherwise moribund first half with some flashes of skill, but ultimately failed to influence the game and was replaced on the hour mark.

Marouane FellainiGave a domineering performance on his return from injury in a routine 0-3 win in Cyprus. The 28-year-old’s presence in midfield highlighted the lack of aggression and grit that hallmarked Belgium’s performance against Spain – something he provided in abundance this time around.

Sergio RomeroA shaky performance from the Argentinian. Couldn’t have done much to stop wonder-strikes from Juanpi and Josef Martinez but nearly lost his side the game after fumbling a free kick straight into the path of Mikel Villanueva, who fired against the post.

Marcos RojoStruggled to deal with Juanpi in the early stages of the game, misplacing several passes as Argentina weathered some early pressure from Venezuela. More solid as the game went on, however, even contributing to some late attacks for the Albiceleste.

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