A small note, Colombia played a friendly on Tuesday but once again James did not feature in the squad due to his knee injury. Nonetheless, The Colombians took a 1-0 victory over Peru in Miami.
The Brazilians won their final friendly of the international break 3-0 against South Korea on Tuesday. Casemiro did not feature at all. Militão played the entire 90 minutes and Rodrygo subbed on for Gabriel Jesus.
There’s not much to say about Rodrygo, he came on in the final minutes of the match and didn’t really get a chance to do anything of note. It does show Tite is considering him at least since this is his second appearance after making his international debut on Friday.
Militão was played a big part at the backend for Brazil’s defense. He was a big reason alongside Marquinhos why they were able to maintain a clean sheet.
Toni Kroos featured all 90 minutes in Germany’s 6-1 EURO Qualifier win over Northern Ireland on Tuesday. Kroos also had the privilege of captaining the squad after his masterful performance over the weekend.
He put in another class effort providing an assist, four key passes and a 90 percent pass accuracy rating.
Germany have been playing so well as of late, a complete turnaround from their World Cup disaster last year. Kroos and his fellow Germans have qualified for after winning Group C.
Kroos has been a big part of Germany’s recent success and its safe to say he is back in world class form after a fairly disappointing last season.
Eden Hazard and Belgium dominated Cyprus in their 6-1 EURO Qualifier victory over Cyprus on Tuesday. Thibaut Courtois started on the bench, Roberto Martinez went with Simon Mignolet instead.
Hazard, who captains Belgium, started and played about 64 minutes and looked quite good. He provided a single assist, which gives him seven total assists for the Qualifiers. He also provided five goals for Belgium, so he had quite an impressive international contribution.
Belgium win Group I and qualify for the 2020 EUROs. They maintained a perfect record by winning all ten Qualifier matches.
Perhaps the most interesting of the matches on Tuesday was Wales’ 2-0 EURO Qualifiers victory over Hungary. Not so much their performance, which was good, but the fallout from the match with Gareth Bale.
Before all that, Bale provided a wonderful assist on Aaron Ramsey’s first goal of his brace. It was a lovely cross that put Wales on top just 15 minutes in.
Bale's assist to Aaron Ramsey pic.twitter.com/JUgsmyK9U8— Fede Valverde Fan Account. (@RMasieF) November 19, 2019
Bale captained Wales for the match and played around 88 minutes, almost a full match. He was a big part in getting the Welshmen the victory and qualified for the 2020 EUROs.
The controversy, at least for Real Madrid, came after the match when Bale held up a supporter sign that read “Wales. Golf. Madrid. In That Order.” This was clearly a dig at Predrag Mijatovic’s comments about Bale preferring playing for Wales and playing golf more than for Real Madrid. That then sparked a chant of the same name to be created by Welsh fans before this flag was brought on Tuesday.
While it is pretty funny and harmless, in my opinion, it is no doubt a dig at the Spanish press. To be honest they probably deserve it over their ridiculous coverage of him. It’s definitely a slap back at Mijatovic and his comments on Bale’s priorities.
It also could be a dig at Real Madrid, which the club will probably not particularly approve of.
There will no doubt be overreactions to this, there already has been, but Bale may see some sort of backlash from Real after this. They probably find it to be pretty disrespectful.
Regardless of what happens, this was a huge win for Bale and Wales and they will be taking part in the EURO 2020. He has been a force for them and perhaps their biggest player. We’ll see whats to come with Gareth Bale’s presence at Real Madrid.