English representatives make history, Bernardo sparkles again – International Roundup (12/10/21)
It was another busy day of internationals for City players with Algeria, Portugal and England all in action today.
Riyad Mahrez started, scored and assisted today as Algeria beat Niger 4-0 in World Cup qualifying. The Algerian is making a habit of scoring against the opposition, with two goals the last time the teams played - when Algeria won 6-1 on Friday. The winger played 78 minutes on Friday but played the full ninety today. Riyad can now rest for the rest of the week as he heads back to England to prepare for Saturday's game at home to Burnley, a fixture where he scored his first-ever City hat-trick last season.
Phil Foden, Jack Grealish, John Stones, Raheem Sterling and Kyle Walker all started as England drew 1-1 with Hungary in their World Cup qualifier. John Stones scored the equaliser, tucking in the ball following a set-piece. Jack Grealish played 62 minutes before being taken off and Raheem Sterling was subbed off at 76 minutes – the remaining three played the full 90.
The five who started set a new record for Manchester City - the most starters from the club in an England starting line-up. The previous record was set at four - when Joe Hart, James Milner, Joleon Lescott and Gareth Barry all started a EURO2012 qualifier against Switzerland.
Elsewhere, Bernardo Silva won a penalty and assisted the third goal as Portugal crushed Luxembourg 5-0 in their own World Cup qualifier. The midfielder played eighty minutes whilst Joao Cancelo and Ruben Dias both kept a clean sheet and played the full ninety minutes.
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