Gundogan captains, scores for Germany; Ferran on target for Spain - International Roundup (31/3/21)
It was another successful night of international football for City players as Alex Zinchenko captained Ukraine in their match vs Kazakhstan, Ilkay Gundogan continued his prolific goalscoring form in Germany's shock result against North Macedonia and Ferran Torres scored in Spain’s win over Kosovo.
Spain 3-1 Kosovo
After finding the net in their thrilling late win over Georgia, Ferran Torres was on target again for Spain as he continued his prolific streak for his country. The Spaniard, despite playing limited minutes at club level, has found a rich vein of form on international duty and building on from his hat-trick against Germany last November, he's now becoming one of Luis Enrique's key assets.
England 2-1 Poland
For the second consecutive game, our England quartet all started as the Three Lions faced Poland in their final qualifier before EURO2020 this summer. It was an eventful night for Raheem Sterling, who won the penalty for Harry Kane's opener, and John Stones, who gifted Poland a leveller before assisting Harry Maguire's winner late on. Phil Foden and Kyle Walker put in solid shifts and now they face a quick turnaround before the trip to Leicester on Saturday.
Germany 1-2 North Macedonia
Ilkay Gundogan captained Germany and scored from the penalty spot to level the game as departing Head Coach Joachim Low and Germany suffered a shock defeat to North Macedonia, who won the contest late on through Eljif Elmas. Ilkay scored two during these qualifiers as he continues his hot scoring streak.
Ukraine 1-1 Kazakhstan
Alex Zinchenko captained his Ukraine side for the second consecutive game as they drew their third game in succession after stumbling against Kazakhstan. Alex assisted Ukraine's opener but the hosts were pegged back midway through the contest as the points were shared, leaving Ukraine third in the group with three points after three games.
City players have certainly clocked up the minutes during the international break and here's a breakdown of the minutes played player-by-player.
De Bruyne: 90' + 90' + 0'
Zinchenko: 90' + 90' + 90'
Ruben Dias: 90' + 90' + 90'
João Cancelo: 90' + 72' + 90'
Bernardo Silva: 88' + 90' + 68'
Zack Steffen: 90' + 90'
Raheem Sterling: 45' + 90' + 89'
Phil Foden: 45' + 81' + 86'
John Stones: 45' + 90' + 90'
Kyle Walker: 0' + 90' + 90'
Ilkay Gündogan: 90' + 90' + 90'
Eric García: 90' + 90' + 86'
Ferran Torres: 72' + 90' + 90'
Rodri: 90' + 0 + 8'
Riyad Mahrez: 90'
Not the ideal break that Pep Guardiola would've been hoping for but the group now have two days' rest before facing Leicester at the King Power on Saturday.