Internationals: Léo Dubois wins the Nations League!
It's a first trophy for France for Léo Dubois! On Sunday evening, the French team faced Spain in the San Siro in the UEFA Nations League final. After conceding the opener shortly after the hour mark (64'), the teammates of our captain, who came on in the 79th minute in place of Benjamin Pavard, levelled two minutes later via the former Lyonnais Karim Benzema (66'), before winning the match thanks to Kylian Mbappé (80'). France won this second edition of the UEFA Nations League, handing Léo Dubois the first international trophy of his career.
Sunday was also an opportunity for Emerson and Jason Denayer to battle for third place in this competition, in a clash between Euro-winning Italy and FIFA's top-ranked Belgium. By winning 2 goals to 1 against the Red Devils, Squadra Azzura took their place on the podium.
As for 2022 World Cup Qualifying, the Lyonnais have experienced varying fortunes. Sinaly Diomande (Ivory Coast), Karl Toko Ekambi (Cameroon), Islam Slimani (Algeria) and Xherdan Shaqiri (Switzerland) emerged victorious from their meetings, while Lucas Paqueta (Brazil) and Malcolm Barcola (Togo) drew respectively against Colombia and Congo.
Finally, our Gones Maxence Caqueret, Malo Gusto and Rayan Cherki had a big win on the third day of Euro U-21 qualifying against Ukraine, second in group H. These three points allowed the French U21 team to move into first place, and Rayan Cherki in particular stood out in his first match under Sylvain Ripoll, scoring a brace.
THE INTERNATIONALS' FIXTURE LIST:
WEDNESDAY 6 OCTOBER
20:45: Italy (Emerson) VS Spain – UEFA Nations League semifinal 1-2
THURSDAY 7 OCTOBER
20:00: France U20 (Castello Lukeba) VS Tunisia – Friendly 1-1
20:45: Belgium (Jason Denayer) VS France (Léo Dubois) – UEFA Nations League semifinal 2-3
FRIDAY 8 OCTOBER
1:30: Venezuela VS Brazil (Lucas Paqueta) – 2022 CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying 1-3
15:00: Malawi VS Côte-d’Ivoire (Sinaly Diomande) – 2022 African World Cup Qualifying 0-3
18:00: Cameroon (Karl Toko Ekambi) VS Mozambique – 2022 African World Cup Qualifying 3-1
18:30: France U-21 (Maxence Caqueret, Rayan Cherki, Malo Gusto) VS Ukraine – U-21 Euro Qualifying 5-0
21:00: Algeria (Islam Slimani) VS Niger – 2022 African World Cup Qualifying 6-1
SATURDAY 9 OCTOBER
18:00: Togo (Malcolm Barcola) VS Congo – 2022 African World Cup Qualifying 1-1
20:45: Switzerland (Xherdan Shaqiri) VS Northern Ireland – 2022 UEFA World Cup Qualifying 2-0
21:15: Portugal (Anthony Lopes) VS Qatar – Friendly 3-0
SUNDAY 10 OCTOBER
15:00: Italy (Emerson) VS Belgium (Jason Denayer) – UEFA Nations League Third Place 2-1
20:45: Spain VS France (Léo Dubois) – UEFA Nations League Final 1-2
23:00: Colombia VS Brazil (Lucas Paqueta) – 2022 CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying 0-0
MONDAY 11 OCTOBER
15:00: Mozambique VS Cameroon (Karl Toko Ekambi) – 2022 African World Cup Qualifying
18:00: Côte-d’Ivoire (Sinaly Diomande) VS Malawi – 2022 African World Cup Qualifying
TUESDAY 12 OCTOBER
18:00: Congo VS Togo (Malcolm Barcola) – 2022 African World Cup Qualifying
18:00: Niger VS Algeria (Islam Slimani) – 2022 African World Cup Qualifying
18:30: Serbia VS France U-21 (Maxence Caqueret, Rayan Cherki, Malo Gusto, Castello Lukeba) – U-21 Euro Qualifying
20:45: Portugal (Anthony Lopes) VS Luxembourg – 2022 UEFA World Cup Qualifying
20:45: Lithuania VS Switzerland (Xherdan Shaqiri) – 2022 UEFA World Cup Qualifying
FRIDAY 15 OCTOBER
2:30: Brazil (Lucas Paqueta) VS Uruguay – 2022 CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying