• Tom Cayless

Mahrez, De Bruyne and Zinchenko all on target – Manchester City International Roundup (16/11/21)

Less than a week before they return to club action, plenty of City lads were in action for their nations tonight. All of City's representatives, from Europe, have now either already automatically qualified, for the World Cup in Qatar next winter, or are through to the next stage of qualifying.

ALGERIA 2-2 BURKINA-FASO


City's only African player, Riyad Mahrez, captained his country early this evening as Algeria drew 2-2 at home to Burkina-Faso.


Mahrez scored his sides' first goal as they took a 1-0 lead, finishing from close-range at the back post. Sofiane Feghouli restored Algeria's advantage after Zakaria Sanogo equalised for the visitors. With only seven minutes left of the 90, Issoufou Dayo scored a penalty, for Burkina-Faso, to finish the game 2-2.


Algeria now sits first place in their group, two points ahead of second, with two games left to play.

WALES 1-1 BELGIUM


For the second consecutive game, Kevin De Bruyne started for his country, but this time for their visit to Wales.


The City playmaker gave Belgium a 1-0 lead just 12 minutes in with a sweet strike from outside the box before Kieffer Moore equalised for the hosts 20 minutes later. De Bruyne played the full 90 minutes.


Belgium had already automatically qualified for Qatar 2022 before tonight.

Photo courtesy of Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

NETHERLANDS 2-0 NORWAY


Manchester City centre-back, Nathan Ake started on the bench for the Netherlands but came on shortly after Louis Van Gaal's side took a 1-0 lead in the 84th minute to help see out the game. Memphis Depay would go on to add a second later on.


Prior to the match, any of the Netherlands, Norway and Turkey could have possibly topped the group or finished outside the qualifying spots. Nevertheless, the Netherlands finished at the summit of their group and have consequently qualified for Qatar.

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA 0-2 UKRAINE


Oleksandr Zinchenko starred for his nation in their 2-0 victory away to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The City left-back, playing centre midfield, scored Ukraine's first and put in a Man of the Match performance.


As a result of their victory, Ukraine beat out Finland to second place in their group and will play in a play-off for their place at next winter's World Cup.

ELSEWHERE


Zack Steffen is currently in action for the United States in their game against Jamaica, while Gabriel Jesus and Ederson should be in the Brazil squad to play Argentina later tonight.

Photo courtesy of Raúl Martínez-Pool/Getty Images

Written by @TomCayless_


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