Seven PSV players were away on international duty last week to represent at World Cup qualifying level. Phillipp Mwene made his Austria debut and Cody Gakpo opened his scoring account for Netherlands in his own stadium.
Gakpo scored first Netherlands goal
Cody Gakpo will undoubtedly remember his first Netherlands goal, netting the fourth goal in the 4-0 win over Montenegro in the Philips Stadion last Saturday. The forward curled in a superb strike from the edge of the penalty area.
Zahavi just can’t stop scoring
Eran Zahavi just can’t stop scoring. The Israeli striker hit a hat-trick in the 4-0 win over Faroe Island in a World Cup qualifier last Wednesday night. Zahavi bagged a brace in the 5-2 victory at home to Austria but did not get his name on the score sheet in the 5-0 away defeat against Denmark.
Mwene made Austria debut
Phillipp Mwene made his Austria debut against Israel last Saturday. Austria suffered a 5-2 defeat.
Ivory Coast go top of group D
PSV midfielder Ibrahim Sangaré was included in the Ivory Coast starting XI to face Mozambique. The World Cup qualifying match ended in a goalless draw. Ivory Coast beat Cameroon 2-1 last Mondal to go top of Group D with four points after two rounds.
Ritsu Doan came on as a substitute for Japan against Oman in the 63rd minute. Japan slipped to a 1-0 defeat.
Goalkeepers did not leave the bench
PSV’s goalkeepers Joël Drommel and Yvon Mvogo were unused substitutes in the World Cup qualifying matches of Netherlands and Switzerland.
Netherlands and Belgium U21
Netherlands U21 coasted to a comfortable 3-0 victory at home against Moldavia in a Euro qualifying game. PSV U21 striker Fodé Fofana made his Netherlands U21 debut. Yorbe Vertessen capped his Belgium U21 debut with a goal in the 3-0 win over their Turkish counterparts. Noni Madueke played 83 minutes in England U21’s 2-0 win over Kosovo in a 2023 Euro U21 qualifier.