It was another good night for Liverpool’s internationals, and not just because no one got injured (but also very much because no one got injured).
We’ll start with the man of the night (and most of last year, if we’re honest), whose 90th minute winner in front of a home crowd helped Egypt squeak past Tunisia 3-2, Mohamed Salah. The Liverpool winger worked a fantastic 1-2 on the edge of the area, took a touch, and dinked a cool finish over the keeper. Although the match was a bit of a dead-rubber (the Pharaohs had already qualified for next summer’s Africa Cup of Nations), the result keeps the possibility of topping the qualification group alive.
And there’s even better news (from a Liverpool perspective): Egypt’s next match, a friendly against UAE, has been cancelled. So come on back safely to Melwood, Mo.
Moving on to the Netherlands, where Georginio Wijnaldum opened up scoring in the 2-0 win over World Cup winners France. Gini pounced on a loose ball in the box, giving the Oranje a 1-0 lead just before the stroke of halftime. The match effectively relegated Germany from the UEFA Nations League A Group 1, whatever the fuck that means. Gini and Big Virg will be back in action (or preferably watching from the sidelines) against Germany on Monday night.
Finally, Roberto Firmino and Alisson Becker went the full 90 minutes for Brazil in their 1-0 win over Uruguay. Fabinho made the bench, but did not play. They will play against Cameroon in England on Tuesday night. At least Bobby & Co. won’t be too terribly jet-lagged.