How our internationals fared 2022-2023 review
Fourteen players from the Paris Saint-Germain senior squad joined up with their respective national teams during the international break. Summary.
KYLIAN MBAPPÉ - FRANCE
The French national team began its qualification campaign for Euro 2024 in Germany. Kylian Mbappé scored twice in his first match as France captain, in the 4-0 win over the Netherlands. Didier Deschamps' players then headed to Dublin to face Ireland at the Aviva Stadium. The Parisian striker again played the whole game and won a second victory, one goal to 0. With six points from two games, France now lead a group that also includes Greece and Gibraltar.
GIANLUIGI DONNARUMMA / MARCO VERRATTI - ITALY
Italy also started their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign. The Squadra Azzurra began their break with a clash against England at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium in Naples. Despite the fact that both Parisians started, with Verratti given the captain's armband, they could not prevent defeat (1-2). In their second match, this time against Malta at the National Stadium in Ta' Qali, the Italians won 2-0. Gianluigi Donnarumma was again in the starting line-up and played the entire match, while Marco Verratti came on as a substitute. With three points from two games, Roberto Mancini's side are second in Group C behind England.
NUNO MENDES / DANILO PEREIRA / VITINHA - PORTUGAL
Also in the framework of the Euro 2024 qualifiers, Portugal hosted Liechtenstein at the Estadio José Alvalade in Lisbon. The match ended 4-0 for the Seleção, with Danilo starting in central defence while Vitinha came on as a substitute. Nuno Mendes remained on the bench. Roberto Martínez's side then travelled to the Stade du Luxembourg to face the national team there. The Portuguese won 6-0 in a game that Danilo and Nuno Mendes played all of. As for Vitinha, the Parisian midfielder remained on the bench. With two victories in as many games, the Seleção are at the top of their group, ahead of Slovakia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
FABIAN RUIZ - SPAIN
Fabian Ruiz's La Roja began their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign against Norway. At the Estadio La Rosaleda in Malaga, the Spaniards beat the Norwegians 3-0. The Parisian midfielder came on as a substitute to help his team win. In their second match, Luis de la Fuente's players travelled to Hampden Park to face Scotland. Unfortunately for them, they lost 2-0. Fabian Ruiz, who was on the bench at kick-off, did not take part in the match. With three points, La Roja are second in Group A, behind Scotland and ahead of Norway.
ACHRAF HAKIMI - MOROCCO
The Lions of Atlas beat Brazil in a gala friendly match at the Grand Stade de Tanger by a score of two goals to one. Parisian full-back Achraf Hakimi was in the starting line-up on the right side of the Moroccan defence. However, he remained on the bench during the friendly match against Peru at the Estádio Cívitas Metropolitano in Madrid (0-0).
LIONEL MESSI - ARGENTINA
The recent world champions also returned to the pitch this week, for two friendlies. The Albiceleste faced Panama at the Estadio Mâs Monumental in Buenos Aires and it ended with a 2-0 victory for the Argentines, Leo Messi playing the whole game and scoring a goal. The Albiceleste captain then scored a hat-trick in his side's second win, at the Estadio Unico Madre de Ciudades in Santiago del Estero against Curaçao (7-0). The Paris Saint-Germain number 30 has now scored more than 100 goals for his country, taking his tally to 102 at the end of the summer break.
YOUNES EL HANNACH / VIMOJ MUNTU WA MUNGU / WARREN ZAIRE-EMERY - FRANCE U19
As part of the elite round of the UEFA U19 Championship qualification phase in Malta, the France U19 team played three matches at the Stade de la Source in Orléans. Les Bleuets first won against Northern Ireland (1-0) with Younes El Hannach and Warren Zaïre-Emery starting. On the other hand, they lost to Norway (1-2) with Vimoj Muntu Wa Mungu as a starter and Warren Zaïre-Emery coming off the bench. Finally, Lionel Rouxel's players ended the break with a 4-2 victory against Romania. For this last game, our three young guns were in the starting line-up, with the captain's armband for Younes El Hannach. Vimoj Muntu Wa Mungu was also decisive, providing the assist for the second goal of the game for France. Despite two victories in three matches, the record was insufficient for the French to qualify for the final phase of the competition.
ILYES HOUSNI - FRANCE U18
Parisian striker Ilyes Housni's France U18 team won 4-3 against Germany in a friendly match at the National Football Centre in Clairefontaine. Our youngster was in the starting line-up and scored twice in the match. In a second friendly, on the same field and against the same opponent, the Mannschaft clinched revenge 3-0. For this match, our striker Ilyes Housni was once again in the starting line-up.
LOUIS MOUQUET - PORTUGAL U20
The Seleção U20 of the young Parisian goalkeeper Louis Mouquet played two U20 Elite League matches. In the first match against Romania, honours were even (1-1) and Louis Mouquet did not play. In the second game, however, the capital club goalkeeper was in the starting line-up and played the whole game. Unfortunately, his team lost 3-0 to the Czech Republic.