Minutes for all our Branquiazul internationals

14/11/2017 23:57

Today, Celso Borges, Fede Valverde, Florin Andone, Costel Pantilimon, and Fabrilistas Francis Uzoho and Ismael Díaz played with their national teams.

These were the final matches before returning to A Coruña, and they were all friendlies.

Today’s highlight was Francis’ debut with Nigeria. Celso Borges (Costa Rica), Pantilimon (Romania) and Fede Valverde (Uruguay) also started for their national sides. Andone played the whole second half in Bucharest, and Ismael Diaz the last stretch in Cardiff.

Celso Borges, in the initial eleven for Costa Rica at the Ferenc Puskas stadium

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

Today, the Ticos visited Hungary, at the Ferenc Puskas stadium in Budapest. As usual, Borges started and played the whole match, which ended with the Hungarian victory (1-0).

Last Saturday, Costa Rica played against Spain at La Rosaleda in Malaga. 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.

The Deportivista captain is scheduled to return tomorrow afternoon.

Fede Valverde in Uruguay’s line-up against Austria

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, played both their friendly matches in Europe.

Today, Uruguay faced Austria at the Ernst Happel stadium in Vienna. The Branquiazul midfielder started the match. He played 79 minutes in which the Uruguayans lost (2-1). He came off for Nicolas Lodeiro.

Last Friday, against Poland, Fede Valverde was a substitute and did not get to play the friendly which ended 0-0.

Fede Valverde will return to A Coruña tomorrow and will train on Thursday with Deportivo.

An interesting clash between Romania and Holland

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

The second friendly encounter took place today at the National Stadium in Bucharest against Holland. Pantilimon was once again, the chosen goalkeeper; and Florin Andone played the entire second half. The Dutch won 0-3.

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, Andone, went on in the 67th minute for Claudiu Keșerü. Romania won 2-0.

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

Both Branquiazuis will return tomorrow and will train in Abegondo on Thursday.

Fabril goalkeeper, Francis’ triumphant debut with 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.

Today, they played a friendly against Argentina at the Krasnodar Stadium, in Krasnodar (Russia). The Nigerians won 2-4. Francis played the second half, coming on for the starting goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi.

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

Fabrilista, Ismael Diaz, played half an hour against Wales

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

Today, Panama faced Wales at Cardiff’s City Stadium. Ismael began the match on the bench, He came on for Gabriel Arturo Torres in the 64th minute. The friendly ended in a draw (1-1).

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.

Schär will finally train in Abegondo on Wednesday

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 on Sunday 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), Tyton (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.

Finally, Schär will train under Cristobal Parralo’s orders tomorrow at 10:30 am.