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15 Oct 2014
Mixed news for the international players; Medunjanin was the man with more minutes, but his team only added two draws. U-21 Portugal scored a lot of goals and Cavaleiro was criticized, while Insua didn’t play and Spain was eliminated.

Haris Medunjanin was the busiest Depor’s player during the international week. He played twice in a matter of five days completing the 90 minutes for Bosnia & Herzegovina facing Wales on Friday and then Belgium on Monday. Actually, coach Safet Sušić repeated the starting eleven in both games, though the draw was different.

In Thursday’s visit to Wales he played with a 4-3-3 with Medunjanin covering the left flank at midfield in a very similar role to what he does at Depor, with the difference that he had freedom to join the attacks by the left wing supporting Edin Džeko. He made a great job in a game that, despite the 0-0, was entertaining.

Then, on Monday, Depor’s player performed as a centre midfielder in a 4-4-2 formation. He and Muhamed Bešić were trying to control the sector and were brining aids to the centre-backs. The game ended 1-1 with having a great game, especially in the second half, moment in which he was pretty accurate administrating the ball. Actually he made a deadly pass drilling the ball inside the area, action that Miralem Pjanić couldn’t transform into goal. Three minutes later he missed the target after collecting the ball in a corner-kick action.

Both results aren’t positive outcomes for the Bosnians after losing the first game against Cyprus, now they have only collected two points in three games and are only above Andorra in Group B of the Euro 2016 qualifying round. Bosnia only has one official game before ending the year, it’s the visit to Israel scheduled for November 16.

Medunjanin during the Euro qualifier against Wales

Cavaleiro during the first-leg against the Netherlands

Bešić & Medunjanin marking Hazard during the game against Belgium

The other two players in international action, centre-back Pablo Insua and attacker Iván Cavaleiro, were respectively picked by U-21 Spain and U-21 Portugal for  the playoffs to qualify to UEFA European Under-21 Championship that will be played next year in Czech Republic (17–30 June).

U-21 Portugal faced U-21 the Netherlands and had an impressive display in the first-leg with a 0-2 win at the AZ Stadion (Alkmaar), however Cavaleiro received negative reviews after failing too many passes. He performed as a left winger and was replaced at minute 61 by Sporting CP’s Carlos Mané, who latter scored the second goal in the game.

Meanwhile, Insua didn’t play in the first-leg against U-21 Serbia, match disputed at the Gradski stadium (Jagodina). Coach Albert Celades opted to play with two centre-backs formed at FC Barcelona: Marc Muniesa and Sergi Gómez.

The situation was repeated in the returning legs as Cavaleiro was a starter and Insua was once again on the bench. The Portuguese attacker was intermittent in the match, mainly as he was switching positions between the left and the right wing and, with his team focusing the attacks on the left flank, he only appeared when he was moved there.

Once again Cavaleiro was criticized because, despite his fast moves, he was missing too many opportunities, the clearest one came at minute 33 after the Depor’s attacker missed a header and latter couldn’t connect the rebound at the goal line, the ball passed between his legs.

More worrying was the head injury that he sustained after a collision with defender Aké, he had to use a bandage and was replaced at half-time as a precautionary measure. He will be assessed later in the week, but the problem doesn’t look serious. In the end U-21 Portugal easily achieved the pass with a 7-4 aggregate score. In the case of Insua, he didn’t play any minute and saw from the bench how Spain was eliminated with a 1-2 aggregate score.



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