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International news from the Academy

Published on 14 October 2014 at 3:30 PM
Our five internationals headed off to the four corners of the globe on international duty this week, and Kim Shin and Zhang even faced each other in the U19 Asian Cup.

Kilian Pagliuca just can't stop scoring. The Swiss striker returned to Tola Vologe full of confidence. After scoring a hat-trick in his last outing with the OL U19 vs Clermont, he then netted one of his country's two goals in the 2-2 with Greece, before the two sides met again with a very different result: Switzerland destroyed the Greeks 10-0. The Lyonnais came on in the second half and earned a penalty and laid on an assist.

First choice at club level, the Norwegian defender is almost unbeatable on the national scene... Ulrick Jenssen played every minute of his side's three matches, conceding just one goal in the process with a 2-0 win over Lithuania, a scoreless draw with Finland and a 1-1 draw with Scotland. It all bodes well for the 18-year-old whose consistency has been a feature for OL this season.

Just 17 years of age and already mixing it with the big boys. Christopher Martins Pereira played the first half of his country's 4-0 loss to a Spain side including Iniesta, Busquets, Silva and Diego Costa in their Euro 2016 qualifier. A few days earlier, Luxembourg went down 3-2 to Macedonia and Christopher played the full 90 minutes. Luxembourg are bottom of their group without a point, alongside Belarus.

Zhang Xiu Wei can look further afield. He and the Chinese U19 side have qualified for the Asian Cup after finishing second in Group C. While they finished undefeated in their three group games, that had to battle hard. After coming on in the 72nd minute of the 2-1 win over Japan, he started the next two games: a scoreless draw against Korea Republic and Kim Shin, and a 1-1 with Vietnam - Two points that were enough to see them through.

Unlike his clubmate, Kim Shin had a more difficult time of it. After suffering a series of little niggles, he didn't arrive in Birmanie in the best of conditions and played no part in his side's 6-0 victory over Vietnam. In the starting line-up against China and his friend Zhang, he came off at half time. He then played the final 15 minutes of the 2-1 loss to Japan as Korea Republic finished third in their group and missed out on the finals tournament.

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