The international Olympian player update

15 nov 2017
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From 8th to 14th November, ten OM players represented their countries in international matches. gives an update of the Olympians playing in national sides during the November break.
France: Steve Mandanda and Florian Thauvin

Having directly qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, France then went on to play two friendlies. The first at the Stade de France against Wales. The Blues won 2-0 with Steve Mandanda in goal. Florian Thauvin, who honoured his 2nd selection, came on in 83rd minute to replace Kylian M'Bappé.
The second match took place in Cologne against the reigning world champions. Final score 2-2. Steve Mandanda was in the line up and Florian Thauvin was a substitute. 

France U21: Florian Escales and Maxime Lopez

For the Euro 2019 qualifiers, France's U21 team handled the two qualifying matches in November to perfection. The Blues beat Bulgaria 3 to 0 with goals from Terrier, Ntcham and Mousset. Maxime Lopez played for the wholelmatch while Florian Escales stayed on the bench.
For the second match, they won 1-3 in Slovenia with a hat trick from Dembélé. Marseille's mid-fielder Maxime Lopez played for 80 minutes before being replaced by Lyon player, Aouar.
With these two wins, Sylvain Ripoll's squad secured a comfortable first place in group 9. The Blues achieved a perfect result: 5 wins in 5 matches.

France U19: Boubacar Kamara

For their debut in the Euro 2018 qualifying round, Bernard Diomède' U19 team didn't mess about. They thrashed Andorra, 7-0. The Olympian, Boubacar Kamara played for the whole match.
France's U19 team then went on to beat Bosnia Herzegovina, 2-1. A win that got the French squad their ticket to the next round that will be held in Spring 2018. For this match, Boubacar Kamara was allowed to take a rest.
Finally, the French U19 team drew 1-1, against Georgia in their last match. Boubacar Kamara handed over to Ibrahima Diallo in extra time for the first half.

Greece: Kostas Mitroglou

The national Greek team lost against Croatia in the 2018 World Cup qualifier. Unfortunately for the Greeks, the decision was made in the first leg losing 4-1 in Zagreb. In the return leg, the Greeks failed to score and couldn't make up the difference (0-0). The winners of Euro 2004, Greece, will not be taking part in 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The Olympian forward, Kostas Mitroglou played the whole of the first match. In the return match, he came off in 78th minute.

Cameroon: Clinton Nijie and André-Franck Zambo Anguissa

Already eliminated in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, Cameroon played the last group match against Zambia. The teams finished on a draw of 2-2. André-Franck Zambo Anguissa scored the first goal for his team of invincible lions. The mid-fielder played for the whole length of the match. Clinton Njie was replaced by Olinga in 67th minute.

Japan: Hiroki Sakai

Japan played two friendlies during the international break. The first on 10th November against Brazil in Lille. The Japanese lost 3 goals to 1. Hiroki Sakai played throughout the match.
On 14th November, Vahid Halihodzic's team lost to Belgium, (1-0 goal from Lukaku). Hiroki Sakai played 85 minutes of the match.

Armenia: Gaël Andonian

The Armenian national team, which will not play the 2018 World Cup, played two friendly matches during the international break. Gaël Andonian and his team mates defeated Belarus 4-1 and Cyprus 3-2. The Olympian defender played throughout the entire first match but did not play in the second.

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