International round-up: Oscar, Salah and Baker on target
Chelsea Season brings you a comprehensive round-up of this mid-week’s action, outlining the fortunes for the Blues’ vast array of international stars.
Oscar and Mohammed Salah were the highlights in a busy midweek where many Chelsea players played for their respective National sides in international friendlies.
Both players were on the scoresheet for their respective teams with Oscar netting in Brazil’s 5-0 trashing of South Africa while Salah
Brazil 5-0 South Africa – Oscar, David Luiz, Ramires, Willian
There were four Chelsea players participating in this match in which Neymar scored a hattrick. Oscar and David Luiz started the match. Oscar netted Brazil’s first in the 10th minute with a composed chip over the South African goal-keeper. Luiz played a little over an hour before being substituted. Ramires and Willian came on as substitutes in the second half for Oscar and Hulk. Ramires gave a box to box performance typical of him, also earning the game’s only yellow card. Willian came close to scoring when his curled effort narrowly missed the target.
Bosnia 0- 2 Egypt – Mohammed Salah
Mohammed Salah stole the show as he created the first and poached the second for his country to stun World Cup bound Bosnia and Herzegovina. Egypt had taken the lead seven minutes into the second half, and Salah made sure of the victory when he doubled their advantage in the 64th minute.
Czech Republic 2- 2 Norway – Petr Cech
It was not such a good outing for Czech Republic Player of the Year, Petr Cech who let a driven shot slip through his hands into the goal.
Belgium 2-2 Ivory Coast – Thibaut Courtios, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku
There were three Chelsea Belgians involved- Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku. Courtois, currently on loan at Atletico Madrid let two goals past him including a goal by ex-Chelsea fan-favourite Didier Drogba and a 92nd minute equaliser. Belgium struggled to protect their 2-0 lead. As promised by manager Marc Wilmots, Eden Hazard played less than the last half hour. Romelu Lukaku also made a substitute appearance.
England 1-0 Denmark – Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole
England gave a decent performance with ex-Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge scoring the only goal. Gary Cahill and Ashley Cole were the Chelsea players who started the game while Frank Lampard was benched. Cole was substituted at half time for debutant Luke Shaw while Cahill had an average performance. He played exactly as if there was no John Terry next to him but Chris Smalling as his partner.
Nigeria 0-0 Mexico – John Mikel Obi, Victor Moses, Kenneth Omeruo
In Atlanta, John Mikel Obi and Kenneth Omeruo played the full 90 minutes as Nigeria drew 0-0 with
Mexico. Victor Moses also started the game for the Super Eagles before being withdrawn after 71 minutes.
Other Chelsea players:
Cesar Azpilicueta started and played the whole game at right back position in a 1-0 victory against Italy.
Andre Schurrle aslo had an outing with Germany as he came on as a half time substitute for veteran Miroslav Klose.
Branislav Ivanovic and Nemanja Matic played the full game for Serbia against Ireland in a 2-1 victory while Demba Ba played the whole match in Senegal’s 1-1 draw against Mali.
Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon 1-5 Portugal) and Christian Atsu (Ghana 0-1 Montenegro) started for their countries but in losing causes.
Lewis Baker, meanwhile, was on target as England Under-19s beat Turkey 3-0 in Chester.