INTERNATIONALS: PULISIC SCORES BRILLIANT GOAL AND SUFFERS INJURY, JORGINHO STARS AND MORATA SCORES BRACE

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Chelsea’s latest signing Christian Pulisic scored his 10th international goal for the United States but was taken off after suffering an injury as the United States drew 1-1 with Chile in a friendly in Houston on Tuesday.

Within four minutes, Pulisic who started on the left side of attack, showed off his electric pace and clinical finishing with his well-taken goal to give the United States an early lead.

Gyasi Zardes brilliantly controlled a long clearance by US goalkeeper Ethan Horvath and played a wonderful through pass for Pulisic who ran clear of the Chilean defence before deftly clipping it past goalkeeper Gabriel Arias.

Pulisic’s evening came to an end on a sour note following an injury that forced him off in the 34th minute. The latest Chelsea signing was chasing down a Chile midfielder when he sustained a quad injury and looked to be in some discomfort on the bench when taken off in the game played in Houston, Texas. Reports indicate that he had strained his right quadriceps but his withdrawal was only precautionary.

Another Blue Matt Miazga, who is currently on loan at Reading, played the full 90 minutes in the 1-1 draw against Chile.

Jorginho featured in central midfield for Italy and had a good game as the Italians defeated 10-man Liechtenstein 6-0 in their Euro 2020 qualification game.

The Chelsea midfielder was in the heart of midfield alongside Marco Veratti, and the duo dominated the middle of the park as Italy were 4-0 ahead at half-time. Jorginho was withdrawn after an hour and his side scored two further goals in his absence to place them in a commanding position in their group to qualify for the tournament proper following Saturday’s 2-0 win over Finland.

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata on loan to Atletico Madrid and goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga featured for Spain as the Spaniards defeated Malta 2-0 away from home. Kepa barely had anything to do all game, while Morata scored a brace. Morata who hasn’t scored for Spain since November 2017, slammed a left-footed finish across the goalkeeper after half an hour to net his first international goal in almost two years. Forty-two minutes afterwards, he headed in a brilliant cross from Jesus Navas to score the second and his 15th for Spain.

Andreas Christensen was an unused substitute as Switzerland and Denmark played out a dramatic contest in Basel. Switzerland had gone up 3-0 with goals from Remo Freuler, Breel Embolo and Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka, however Christensen’s side fought back to claw their way back into the game and snatch a point with three goals in the final six minutes.

In Prague, Tomas Kalas played 90 minutes for Czech Republic in a friendly against Brazil. Czech scored the first goal when David Pavelka fired them in front, though Roberto Firmino’s leveller after half-time and a late double from Gabriel Jesus secured victory for the South Americans.

Kenneth Omeruo was an unused sub as Nigeria beat Egypt in a friendly game at home in Asaba. The Chelsea defender on loan at Leganes in the La Liga, had featured in a 3-1 win over Seychelles in African Cup of Nations qualifying game on Friday. Ola Aina pulled out of the squad through injury.

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