International round-up: Sensational night for Antonio Valencia, Sergio Romero struggles

by Leo Nieboer


Antonio Valencia: A rampaging, effervescent force on the right hand side all game. His goal after 19 minutes – a sweetly timed strike into the far corner – preceded a pinpoint cross that picked out Cristian Ramirez just four minutes later, effectively wrapping up the three points for Ecuador against a strong Chile side.

Sergio Romero: Another questionable display from the Argentine. Aside from making a smart save from Pablo Guerrero, Romero ultimately struggled to convey any level of assurance against Peru. The first goal, a low finish from Guerrero, was almost certainly saveable, and the 29-year-old never looked like saving Peru’s late penalty – a strike that gifted the home side a well-deserved point.

David de Gea: An immensely frustrating night for the Spaniard. With Julen Lopetegui’s side taking control of proceedings in Turin, De Gea took up the role of semi-spectator, occasionally shifting the ball and gathering crosses, until, almost out of nowhere, Daniele De Rossi’s unstoppable 82nd minute penalty denied the 25-year-old a clean sheet. Let off the book late on as Andrea Belotti’s goal – which stemmed from De Gea’s failure to deal with a cross – was ruled out for offside.

Ander HerreraDidn’t receive the chance to make his first international appearance. The Spaniard will have to wait until La Roja’s visit to Albania next week.

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