Arsenal’s representatives at the Copa America and African Cup of Nations are still going strong.
All four players – Lucas Torreira, David Ospina, Mohamed Elneny and Alex Iwobi – have knockout football on the horizon after strong showings in their respective groups.
The news wasn’t so great for Matteo Guendouzi at the under-21 European Championships. France’s defeat to Spain means he joins Reiss Nelson and Krystian Bielik on the plane home.
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Friday, 14 June – Sunday, 7 July
Having beaten Ecuador and drawn with Japan, Uruguay rounded off their group fixtures with a 1-0 win over Chile. Edinson Cavani scored the winner eight minutes from time to secure top spot and set up a quarter-final with Peru. For the second time this tournament, Lucas spent the full 90 minutes on the bench. Earlier in the week, he was quizzed about rumours linking him with AC Milan and made clear he’s happy at Arsenal.
Having kept two clean sheets in a row against Argentina and Qatar, Dave missed the 1-0 win over Paraguay so he could fly home to Colombia to be with a sick family member. He’s expected to return between the sticks this evening when Los Cafeteros play Chile in Sao Paolo tonight.
AFRICAN CUP OF NATIONS, EGYPT
Friday, 21 June – Friday, 19 July
Mo picked up a booking as Egypt beat DR Congo 2-0 in Cairo to qualify for the last sixteen. Our man picked up a booking. He still looks weird without any hair.
Nigeria qualified for the last sixteen with a game to spare after a second 1-0 victory, this time over Guinea. Alex played 78 minutes, going off five minutes after Kenneth Omeruo had given the Super Eagles the lead. Nigeria face Madagascar in their final game of Group B.
2019 UEFA EUROPEAN UNDER-21 CHAMPIONSHIP
ITALY & SAN MARINO
Sunday, 16 June – Sunday, 30 June
Matteo played 90 minutes as France drew 0-0 with Romania to secure top spot in Group C to set up a semi-final with Spain. Les Espoirs made a decent start, taking the lead through Jean-Philippe Mateta’s 16th minute penalty, but went on to let in four goals as La Roja secured progression to a fourth final in five editions of the tournament.