Antoine Griezmann topped off France’s convincing 3-0 friendly win over Armenia with a well-taken goal, his fourth in the colours of France.
The goal was one of the highlights for Atlético players on international duty.
The other headlines included Koke starting for Spain in both of their matches, racking up 180 minutes of action for ‘La Roja’ and Mandzukic playing in Croatia’s 6-0 thumping of Azerbaijan.
Miranda played a total of 180 minutes for Brazil helping the ‘canarinha’ maintain two clean sheets. Brazil defeated Argentina 2-0 and routed Japan 4-0.
Our number 6 looks to replace Xavi in the Spanish midfield and helped his country bounce back from their shock qualifying 2-1 defeat to Slovakia with a 4-0 win over Luxembourg.
Koke has completed the most passes out of all the players thus far in the Euros qualifiers. He has made 294 passes in just three matches.
Juanfran started the defeat against Slovakia, but had to settle for a place on the bench as Carvajal got the nod versus Luxembourg. Raúl García spent both games on the bench.
Griezmann started for France in their 2-1 win over Portugal, and played 84 minutes in a game that featured Tiago from the bench.
Our young French star made more of an impact in the friendly against Armenia, coming off the bench as France were 2-0. The forward replaced Moussa Sissoko, and scored this fine goal just seven minutes before the end of the game.
The ball forward from Benzema was met with a brilliant touch from Griezmann, who raced towards goal before dribbling it around the Armenian keeper.
For Uruguay, we had three players feature. José María Giménez and Cristian Rodríguez both started in their 1-1 draw against Saudi Arabia, whilst Diego Godín returned to the side for their 3-0 friendly win over Oman on Monday night.
Emiliano Velázquez also debuted for the senior Uruguay side against Saudi Arabia; Velázquez replaced the injured Godín in the team sheet. Velázquez signed for Atlético de Madrid this season and was immediately loaned out to Getafe where he has been starting the last matches for ‘los azulones’.
Arda Turan and Mandžukić both played 180 minutes for Turkey and Croatia; despite our number 9 playing the entire match, he couldn’t manage a single goal in the 6-0 win over Azerbaijan!
Players that weren’t called up to play for their national teams include both Raúl Jiménez and Alessio Cerci, who remained behind to work on their fitness.