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Liverpool's Internationals Recap: Substitute Appearance for Lucas While Kolo Remains on the Bench

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Neither of Liverpool's two internationals managed a starting spot on Saturday, but Lucas featured for the final twenty minutes in Brazil's win while Kolo Toure was an observer in Cote d'Ivoire's convincing victory over Senegal.

Jamie McDonald

South Korea 0
Brazil 2: Neymar 44', Oscar 49'

Making his first appearance for Brazil in years, Lucas operated in between defense and midfield to good effect in a match that was already decided by a Neymar free-kick and Oscar tap-in either side of the break. It was nice to see Lucas back in the fold for Brazil, and while it might appear unlikely for him to crack the starting eleven heading into next summer's World Cup, performances like today's--reliable, good in the tackle and on the ball--certainly won't hurt. Hopefully we'll have a chance to see more from him in their friendly against Zambia in Bejing on Tuesday.


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Ivory Coast 3: Drogba 5' (pen.), Sane 14' (OG), Kalou 50'
Senegal 0

Kolo Toure didn't feature in a busy first half for Cote d'Ivoire, who got two early goals through a Didier Drogba penalty and a Gervinho-forced own goal from Senegal defender Ludovic Sane. Solomon Kalou extended the host's lead shortly after the restart, and Kolo was left to observe as the hosts eased to a win. It puts Cote d'Ivoire firmly in command heading into the playoff's second leg, which will take place just over a month from now in Senegal. If Kolo manages to carry his form (and playing time) for Liverpool into November, he could work his way into a starting spot in central defense for his country as they look to secure progress to the World Cup.