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International Weekend Roundup: June 9, 2019

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Goals from Isco, Ramos, Odegaard, and Valverde plus Brazil vs Honduras and Croatia vs Wales wrap-up

Croatia v Wales - UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifier

Real Madrid players scoring goals abroad

Sergio Ramos

There were several goals scored by Real Madrid for their national teams this weekend. The scoring was opened on Friday when Sergio Ramos scored the first goal for Spain in their match against Faroe Islands.

Ramos is always dangerous in front of the net with his head. He made no mistake on that wonderful cross that he was able to finish and open the scoring.

As the post above states, Ramos now has 6 goals in his last seven matches for the Spanish team. He has been on absolute fire when it comes to contributing in the goal column for his country.

Isco

Isco scored the third goal in Spain’s 4-1 victory over Faroe Islands, although it wasn’t officially credited to him.

A beautiful curler from Isco that initially hit the post and was swatted in incidentally by Faroese keeper Teitur Gestsson. The goal was officially credited as an own goal, but Isco certainly did most of the work.

Isco also finished the match with an assist alongside his uncredited goal. Asensio was subbed on as well and he finished with an assist himself.

Fede Valverde

Uruguay won 3-0 over Panama on Friday in their international friendly. Fede Valverde scored the third and final goal for Uruguay and it was quite a finish.

This was an absolute bullet outside of the box from Valverde, truly a wonderful goal. This is actually his second goal for Uruguay in his career.

Martin Ødegaard

There was a first-time goal over the weekend that was scored in Norway’s 2-2 draw with Romania in Friday’s EURO Qualifiers. Ødegaard scored his first senior goal and the second goal of the match for the Norwegians.

It has been a great comeback season for Ødegaard starting with Vitesse, he lit up the Eredivisie this year. He now continues this with a goal and an assist against Romania. The future is starting to look a bit brighter again for the youngster.

Croatia vs Wales

A crucial EURO Qualifier on Saturday that featured Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic and Gareth Bale. Both Modric and Bale finished the entire match while Kovacic was subbed out late for Milan Badelj. Croatia would be victorious with a 2-1 win.

Kovacic played quite well, he had a goal waved off for offside. He also had an early run-in with Bale where it seemed like Bale might have been hurt, but he was able to finish the match.

Bale made some nice passes, but ultimately Wales were just ineffective. He had a fantastic throw-in that went clear on goal, but was just poorly finished by Harry Wilson. As good as Bale plays for the national team, Wales just lack creativity and execution without him playing with Aaron Ramsey.

Modric looked good as well, he created some chances including a pass in the box right to Ivan Perisic, who sent it just over the bar.

Croatia were just the better overall team, they had several dangerous chances they didn’t finish. Modric, Kovacic and Croatia will take on Tunisia in a friendly on Tuesday, while Bale and Wales play another EURO Qualifier on Tuesday against Hungary.

Brazil vs Honduras

This match, which featured Casemiro and Militão, was nothing short of pure domination by the Brazilians. Sunday’s match finished 7-0 in favor of Brazil, luckily for Honduras it was only a friendly.

Casemiro and Arthur switched sides in the two-man midfield this match. Casemiro also did not finish the entire match this time around, he was subbed out for Fernandinho right after the start of the second half. Casemiro looked good the first half, making some key passes that helped Brazil get the 4-0 lead at the half.

Militão was subbed in much earlier in this match compared to Wednesday’s match against Qatar. He came in for Marquinhos right after the half. He looked comfortable backed there for Brazil, a good reason for why Brazil were able to maintain the clean sheet.

Brazil will be back in action in Friday’s Copa América opener against Bolivia.