INTERNATIONAL ROUND UP: ALONSO MAKES SPAIN INTERNATIONAL DEBUT AGAINST ARGENTINA

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Chelsea left wing-back Marcos Alonso won his first international cap for the Spanish national team on Tuesday night when he came on in Spain’s 6-1 win over Argentina in a friendly fixture.

Alonso was introduced in place of Jordi Alba with 79 minutes played and all the goals scored in a 6-1 victory for the home side in Atletico Madrid’s new stadium. The Chelsea man will be hoping to get into the squad ahead of this summer’s World Cup in Russia.

In the same fixture, it wasn’t a game to remember for Willy Caballero who earned his second cap for Argentina four days after his first and shipped in five goals after coming on.

Caballero replaced an injured Sergio Romero midway through the first half with Spain 1-0 ahead through Diego Costa. Cesar Azpilicueta was another second-half substitute for Spain, coming on shortly before Alonso. Isco scored a hat-trick.

For France, N’Golo Kante started the game and Olivier Giroud came on for the final ten minutes in their 3-1 win over Russia. A brace from Kylian Mbappe and a Paul Pogba free-kick gave Les Blues the victory.

Willian played a huge role in Brazil’s 1-0 win over 2014 World Cup nemesis Germany on Tuesday. His cross led to the only goal of the game when Kevin Trapp got hands to Gabriel Jesus’s header but could not keep it out. Willian played the whole game, as did Chelsea defender Toni Rudiger for Germany. Rudiger blocked a Willian shot in the second half.

Davide Zappacosta played 90 minutes at Wembley where Italy secured a draw with a late penalty, scored by Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne and controversially awarded with use of VAR. Jamie Vardy had given England the lead in the first half.

Nigeria were also in London where they faced Serbia at the Hive and were defeated 2-0. Victor Moses played the first half with Ola Aina introduced for the final five minutes.

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