Fabian Schär wins a ticket to Russia

12/11/2017 22:08

Today, Fabian Schär won a ticket to the World Cup at the expense of Northern Ireland. The Swiss had a 0-1 advantage from the first leg in Belfast, and managed to maintain it in a tough second-leg match (0-0) in Basel.

Borges, Valverde, Andone, Pantilimon, and Fabril players Francis and Ismael Díaz, will play again on Tuesday. They will all be friendly matches.

Schär joins Borges, Valverde, Tytoń, Francis and Ismael Diaz

Deportivista Fabian Schär and his national team, Switzerland, faced Northern Ireland in the play-offs for a place in the 2018 Russia World Cup.

The first leg took place in Belfast last Thursday, at the Windsor Park. Switzerland won 0-1. Schär was in the starting eleven and played the whole match, despite having received a yellow card in the first five minutes.

The second leg took place today at the St Jakob Park in Basel (Switzerland). The match ended in a goalless draw, in what was a tough game due to Northen Ireland’s resistance and the difficult climate conditions: rain and a waterlogged pitch. The Deportivista defender played the entire match and looks like he will be one of Switzerland's regulars in the World Cup.

Hence, Fabian Schär joins the other Deportivistas who already had their ticket to the World Cup: Celso Borges (Costa Rica), Fede Valverde (Uruguay), Tytoń (Poland) and Fabril players, Francis (Nigeria) and Ismael Díaz (Panama).

The Branquiazul defender was a regular in every match of the group stage, where Switzerland came second, with the same points (27) as Portugal who were first and qualified thanks to a better goal difference.

Schär will return to A Coruña tomorrow and is set to train under Cristóbal Parralo’s orders on Tuesday.

Celso Borges captained Costa Rica against Spain

Celso Borges and his national team, Costa Rica, who have also qualified for the World Cup, will play two friendlies in Europe.

The first friendly was yesterday against Spain, at Malaga’s Estadio de La Rosaleda. Celso Borges was not only in the line-up, but he was also Costa Rica's captain. Spain won 5-0, and Borges played the entire match where he also had a clear scoring opportunity in the last minute.

On Tuesday 14 November, the Ticos will visit Hungary in Budapest (8:15 pm, local time).

Fede Valverde on the bench against Poland

Just like Celso Borges, Fede Valverde did not have to travel far during the international break, as Uruguay, who has already qualified for the World Cup, will play both their friendly matches in Europe.

The first one was on Friday, against Poland in Gdansk. Fede Valverde was a substitute and did not get to play the friendly which ended 0-0.

The second match against Austria, at the Ernst Happel stadium in Vienna, will take place on Tuesday, 14 November, at 8:45 pm.

Francis on the bench for Nigeria

Francis Uzoho, the young goalkeeper who debuted recently in an official match wearing RC Deportivo’s shirt, has been called for the first time by Nigeria, for the last 2018 World Cup qualifying match.

Nigeria, who have already qualified for the World Cup, closed the qualifying round against Algeria at the Mohamed Hamlaoui Stadium in Constantine (Algeria), on Friday. The match ended 1-1, with Francis on the bench.

On Tuesday 14 November they will play a friendly against Argentina at the Krasnodar Stadium, in Krasnodar (Russia).

Pantilimon in the line-up against Turkey

Branquiazul players Florin Andone and Costel Pantilimon were selected by Romania for their two friendly matches in November.

The first encounter took place at the Constantin Radulescu stadium in Cluj, last Thursday. Pantilimon was in the line-up and played 71 minutes. The other Deportivista, Florin Andone, went on in the 67th minute for Keserü. Romania won 2-0.

The second friendly will take place on Tuesday 14 November, against Holland, in Bucharest.

Romania are out of the 2018 Russia World Cup as they finished fourth behind Poland, Denmark and Montenegro.

Fabrilista Ismael Diaz played the second half against Iran

Hernán Darío Gómez, Panama’s coach, has called Fabril player, Ismael Díaz to play two matches in preparation of the 2018 Russia World Cup.

Thus, last Thursday, Panama lost 2-1 against Iran at the UPC-Arena de Graz in Austria. Ismael came on for Josiel Nuñez and played the entire second half.

On Tuesday 14, Panama will visit Wales at Cardiff’s City Stadium (7:45 pm, local time).