Fantasy Premier League managers can finally worry no longer about their players being involved in internationl matches as the latest break came to a close in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
We’ve rounded up all the matches that took place over night and on Tuesday ahead of the Gameweek 13 deadline.
Ryan Fraser and Richarlison were in fine form for their respective nations, which will be encouraging to their owners and potential suitors.
There would have been a report on Egypt’s trip to the United Arab Emirates but the match was cancelled.
UEFA Nations League
Kosovo 4-0 Azerbaijan
Aro Muric (£4.5m) – 90 minutes
Manchester City goalkeeper Aro Muric kept a clean sheet on a memorable night for Kosovo on Tuesday.
The small Balkan nation has only been recognised by FIFA for two years but their 4-0 win over Azerbaijan means they have now secured at least a play-off spot in qualifying for Euro 2020.
Serbia 4-1 Lithuania
Aleksandar Mitrovic (£6.6m) – 90 minutes
Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic continued his excellent scoring run for his country as Serbia secured top spot in their UEFA Nations League group with a 4-1 win over Lithuania.
He scored his second goal in as matches to take his record in competitive international matches in 2018/19 to six in four. That is in huge contrast to his club form for Mitrovic, with just one strike in his last eight Premier League outings.
Nemanja Matic (£5.0m) was left out of the Serbian match-day squad altogether but there has been no confirmation whether the decision to omit him was injury-related or not.
Portugal 1-1 Poland
Jan Bednarek (£3.9m) – 90 minutes
Southampton defender Jan Bednarek got 90 minutes for Poland as their 1-1 draw saw Portugal win the UEFA Nations League group.
In fact, he was the only FPL asset involved in the match as Rui Patrício (£4.6m) and Cédric Soares (£4.4m) remained on the bench. Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves (£5.0m) was absent from the matchday squad, although there have been no reports of an injury.
Sweden 2-0 Russia
Victor Lindelöf (£4.8m) – 90 minutes
Manchester United’s Victor Lindelöf made a memorable comeback from the illness that had ruled him out of Sweden’s first match of the international break.
The centre-back fired his nation into the lead as they went on to beat Russia 2-0 and seal promotion from their UEFA Nations League group.
Scotland 3-2 Israel
Andrew Robertson (£6.5m) – 90 minutes
Callum Paterson (£5.2m) – 90 minutes
Ryan Fraser (£6.2m) – 90 minutes
Stuart Armstrong (£5.1m) – 76 minutes
Scott McTominay (£4.3m) – 3 minutes
Beram Kayal (£4.4m) – 90 minutes
James Forrest may have been the hat-trick hero for Scotland on an epic UEFA Nations League night, but the FPL focus was on Ryan Fraser.
The Bournemouth midfielder emerged from the 3-2 win with two assists to his name. That took his goal involvement total to four over the November international break, one scored himself and three more assisted.
The impressive versatility of Cardiff’s Calum Paterson was on show once again. The utility man, who has operated in defence, midfield and attack in his time in South Wales, has established himself as Cardiff’s first-choice centre-forward this season. However, there was a return to his roots against Israel as he played 90 minutes at right-back. Paterson doesn’t particularly enjoy playing there but was happy to be back in the national set-up.
“It’s not my favourite position. I like to attack and I was a bit exposed. It’s not the best for me but I’d do whatever is asked for me for the country.” – Calum Paterson
Meanwhile, there was another goal for Brighton central midfielder Beram Kayal, who put Israel into an early lead before they were defeated.
Albania 1-0 Wales
Danny Ward (£4.4m) – 90 minutes
Sam Vokes (£5.3m) – 78 minutes
David Brooks (£5.1m) – 59 minutes
Aaron Ramsey (£7.4m) – 34 minutes
Wales ended the latest international break in embarrassing fashion as they were beaten by Albania on Tuesday night.
Danny Ward was named between the sticks, just his third for club or country start since joining Leicester over the summer.
The two other FPL options starting the match were not permitted to complete the match. Burnley’s Sam Vokes and Bournemouth’s David Brooks lasted 78 and 59 minutes respectively.
Aaron Ramsey came on for the last 34 minutes while substitute goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey (£4.5m) spent the match on the bench.
Argentina 2-0 Mexico
Roberto Pereyra (£6.4m) – 90 minutes
Erik Lamela (£6.5m) – 59 minutes
Paulo Gazzaniga (£4.5m) – 31 minutes
Erik Lamela continued to calm any fears over the facial injury he suffered in Gameweek 12 as he started for Argentina against Mexico in the early hours of Wednesday morning. He featured as a substitute against them a few days before and lasted 59 minutes this time around, contributing an assist.
Watford’s Roberto Pereyra also managed to play for the entire 90 minutes.
Sergio Romero (£5.0m) and Juan Foyth (£5.1m) were among the unused substitutes.
These are all players perhaps the most at risk of suffering jet lag issues in the build-up to Gameweek 13 with both of their matches played in Argentina.
However, Raúl Jiménez (£5.8m) was not involved in this second match for Mexico. It is unknown whether or not he came back early.
Australia 3-0 Lebanon
Mat Ryan (£4.6m) – 45 minutes
Aaron Mooy (£5.1m) – 82 minutes
It was a memorable night for Huddersfield midfielder Aaron Mooy as Australia beat Lebanon 3-0. He provided the assist for Martin Boyle’s opening goal but was also chosen as the make way for Tim Cahill’s final Socceroos’ final appearance.
Meanwhile, Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan was substituted at half-time.
Brazil 1-0 Cameroon
Ederson (£5.8m) – 90 minutes
Danilo (£5.1m) – 90 minutes
Richarlison (£6.9m) – 82 minutes
Willian (£7.4m) – 68 minutes
Roberto Firmino (£9.2m) – 45 minutes
Gabriel Jesus (£10.1m) – 45 minutes
Gaetan Bong (£4.5m) – 90 minutes
Richarlison further dispelled any fitness fears by scoring the only goal as Brazil completed their Global Tour with a 1-0 win over Cameroon in Milton Keynes. However, the Everton striker did not actually start the match, coming on for an injured Neymar in the eighth minute. He headed home a corner on the stroke of half-time ahead of a week where he could be the FFScout Community’s chosen captain option against Cardiff.
The set piece Richarlison converted was sent in by Chelsea’s Willian. The midfielder has been exceptionally creative this season, contributing three league assists from 34 chances created. No player has fashioned more opportunities in the Premier League than him in 2018/19, and he continued that impressive form on Tuesday night.
Danilo reminded Fantasy managers of his potential to replace the injured Benjamin Mendy (£6.4m) in Gameweek 13. Fabian Delph (£5.3m) and Leroy Sané (£9.2m) have been much discussed but Danilo’s versatility allows him to play on either flank of defence, and he has completed 180 minutes over the international break.
Roberto Firmino (£9.2m) and Gabriel Jesus (£10.1m) shared minutes in this one with the former getting more pitch-time across the two matches. The Man City man was unlucky not to score though as he hit the post in the second half.
Firmino’s Liverpool colleagues Alisson (£5.7m) and Fabinho (£5.5m) were left on the bench.
Gaetan Bong (£4.5m) played the whole match for Cameroon but Fulham’s André-Franck Zambo Anguissa (£4.4m) was not in the matchday squad at all.
Chile 4-1 Honduras
Alexis Sánchez (£10.0m) – 90 minutes
It was a decent night for Manchester United’s Alexis Sánchez as he contributed to Chile’s big win over Honduras.
It was his header, saved by Luis Lopez, which lead to Arturo Vidal’s opening goal and he scored in the second half.
However, it took him two stabs at the 61st-minute penalty to find the back of the net after his initial effort was saved.
As has been the case lots of times this season, Sánchez’s place in the next Man United line-up is not secure, exacerbated by a later return from South America and possibly jet lag issues between now and the weekend.
France 1-0 Uruguay
Hugo Lloris (£5.4m) – 90 minutes
N’Golo Kanté (£4.9m) – 90 minutes
Olivier Giroud (£7.7m) – 80 minutes
Mamadou Sakho (£5.0m) – 45 minutes
Moussa Sissoko (£4.9m) – 1 minute
Lucas Torreira (£4.9m) – 74 minutes
Olivier Giroud continues to re-familiarise himself with finding the net as he scored the only goal of France’s 1-0 win over Uruguay.
He netted his 33rd strike for Les Bleus from the penalty spot to go closer to third-placed David Trezeguet in the all-time top-scorers list for France.
Meanwhile, Mamadou Sakho became the latest player to fall victim to the international break injury curse. He was substituted at half-time with a suspected back problem and is now a doubt for Gameweek 13.
Lucas Digne (£4.8m) remained unused on the bench.
Iran 1-1 Venezuela
Salomón Rondón (£5.7m) – 16 minutes
There was little FPL interest in this match as Newcastle’s Salomón Rondón featured only as a second-half substitute.
Iran’s Alireza Jahanbakhsh (£6.7m) missed out on international duty with a hamstring problem.
Italy 1-0 USA
Emerson Palmieri (£5.2m) – 90 minutes
Chelsea’s Emerson was the only FPL asset present as Italy beat the USA 1-0.
Jorginho (£5.0m) was given permission to make an early return to Chelsea and therefore missed the match. He is not believed to be carrying any kind of injury.
DeAndre Yedlin (£4.5m) was also absent despite having played 90 minutes against England.
Japan 4-0 Kyrgyzstan
Maya Yoshida (£4.2m) – 29 minutes
Southampton centre-back Maya Yoshida managed just 29 minutes on the pitch in a second-half appearance for Japan. They thrashed Kyrgyzstan in their latest warm-up match ahead of January’s Asian Cup.
Nigeria 0-0 Uganda
Alex Iwobi (£5.5m) – 75 minutes
Isaac Success (£4.6m) – 45 minutes
Kelechi Iheanacho (£5.9m) – 2 minutes
Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi got a well-earned rest towards the end of Nigeria’s friendly draw with Uganda. After completing 90 minutes against South Africa, he was afforded the last quarter of an hour on Tuesday night.
No Premier League player featured more than him in the game, with Isaac Success coming on at half-time and Kelechi Iheanacho with just moments remaining.
Meanwhile, after playing 90 minutes against South Africa, Leon Balogun (£4.2m) was not involved this time around. He was allowed to return to Brighton after qualification for the 2019 African Cup of Nations tournament was sealed.
South Africa 1-1 Paraguay
Fabian Balbuena (£4.4m) – 90 minutes
West Ham’s Fabian Balbuena was the only FPL asset present in this match. He played 90 minutes but failed to keep a clean sheet.
Tunisia 0-1 Morocco
Romain Saïss (£4.2m) – 90 minutes
Versatile Wolves man Romain Saïss’ played 90 minutes for his country as they were 1-0 winners over Tunisia.
Turkey 0-0 Ukraine
Caglar Söyüncü (£4.9m) – 90 minutes
Cenk Tosun (£6.6m) – 45 minutes
Oleksandar Zinchenko (£4.8m) – 90 minutes
Centre-back Caglar Söyüncü made his case for a return to the Leicester line-up in the absence of Harry Maguire (£5.5m) for Gameweek 13. He started for his country once again, keeping a clean sheet against Ukraine.
Everton’s Cenk Tosun featured only in the second half while Manchester City’s Oleksandar Zinchenko played the whole match in central midfield for Ukraine.
Denmark Under-21s 1-5 England Under-21s
Kieran Dowell (£4.5m) – 90 minutes
Dominic Solanke (£4.7m) – 90 minutes
Kyle Walker-Peters (£4.2m) – 71 minutes
Lewis Cook (£4.8m) – 71 minutes
Demarai Gray (£5.4m) – 71 minutes
Phil Foden (£4.6m) – 61 minutes
Dominic Calvert-Lewin (£5.3m) – 29 minutes
Ryan Sessegnon (£6.0m) – 19 minutes
England Under-21s players continued their success on the international scene as they extended their unbeaten run to 22 matches with a 5-1 thrashing of Denmark.
There was a goal for Demarai Gray who will be hoping to nail down his starting place in Leicester’s line-up for the upcoming Gameweeks.
However, it was Liverpool’s Dominic Solanke who stole the show with his brace, the second of which was a hugely impressive back-heel over the goalkeeper and into the net. Naturally, there have been already been calls for the youngster to overtake Daniel Sturridge (£5.8m) in the Liverpool pecking order, but that may still be unlikely at this stage.
Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin was introduced into the game for the final half an hour and added two goals of his own, one from the penalty spot, as he hopes to make his first league start since Gameweek 7 this weekend.
Manchester City and England fans also have grounds to be excited about midfielder Phil Foden who was a creative force against Denmark, registering two assists. The first a sweeping through-ball to Gray for his opener, the second a shot saved by the goalkeeper before Solanke backheeled the rebound into the net.
Everton’s Kieran Dowell also assisted on the night while colleague Tom Davies (£5.2m) sat alongside and Angus Gunn (£4.3m) among the unused substitutes.
Ademola Lookman (£5.1m) missed out on the match having returned to Everton with a minor injury.
UEFA European Under-21s Championship qualification – play-offs
Portugal Under-21s 1-3 Poland Under-21s
Diogo Jota (£5.9m) – 90 minutes
Wolves attacker Diogo Jota will be hoping his performance against Poland on Tuesday will help him earn a first start since Gameweek 9 this weekend.
He scored the only goal for Portugal’s Under-21s side as they were eliminated from European Under-21s Championship qualification at the play-offs stage.
UEFA European Under-19s Championship qualification
Turkey Under-19s 1-0 England Under-19s
Morgan Gibbs-White (£4.3m) – 45 minutes
Steven Sessegnon (£4.0m) – 19 minutes
Callum Hudson-Odoi (£4.2m) – 9 minutes
England’s under-19s side might be wishing they had utilised their FPL contingent more extensively in their 1-0 defeat to Turkey. None of them started the match with Wolve’s Morgan Gibbs-White getting the most pitch-time.
Steven Sessegnon and Callum Hudson-Odoi featured as second-half substitutes while Arsenal’s Emile Smith-Rowe (£4.5m) remained on the bench.
Huddersfield’s Philip Billing (£4.5m) was not involved for Denmark despite receiving a call-up. There has been no reported injury, however.
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