Draws for Coutinho and Thiago – Cuisance with second win
Philippe Coutinho has returned to Munich following Brazil's two friendlies in Singapore. Three days after the 1-1 draw against Senegal, the Selecao were unable to manage more than a 1-1 (HT: 0-1) stalemate against Nigeria on Sunday, despite enjoying the lion's share of possession. Joe Aribo fired former Bayern pro Gernot Rohr's team into the lead in the 35th minute, while Casemiro equalised just three minutes after the break. Coutinho didn't make the starting line-up but came on for Neymar Jr. after twelve minutes and he was one of the main weapons in the five-time World Cup winners' attacking game.
Spain fail to secure early qualification
On Saturday evening, Thiago, alongside his Spanish teammates missed the chance to book his ticket for EURO 2020 ahead of schedule. In their seventh qualifying game, La Roja dropped their first points and, after conceding a last-minute equaliser, only managed a 1-1 (HT: 0-0) draw with Norway. Saúl Ñíguez had sent the Spaniards into the lead two minutes after the break, while Joshua King (90+4) was able to cancel that goal out with a penalty in injury time for the home side. Thiago didn't play in Oslo and watched the game from the bench. This Tuesday (20:45 CEST) Robert Moreno's team has the chance to clinch qualification for Euro 2020 iwhen they travel to Sweden.
Cuisance celebrates second win with the France U20 team
Beforehand, Michaël Cuisance had a happier evening with the French U20 team. Two days after the 2-1 defeat of Norway's U20, the Équipe Tricolore youngsters celebrated a 1-0 win over Sweden's U20 at the Three-Nation tournament in Marbella. Cuisance played the majority of the game before being substituted in the 87th minute. Mounir Chouiar scored the goal of the day three minutes before the break for the French, who had to play the last third of the match with ten men following a second yellow card for Yacine Adli after 62 minutes.