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FIFA Virus, Euro qualifiers, AFCON, Gold Cup round-up from March 2019 international break

March 27, 2019 By Ali M.
The AFCON and Gold Cup 2019 qualifiers wrapped up while the race to make Euro 2020 kicked off with a bang. Here's everything that happened during the international break.

The international break is over -- cue the wild celebrations from football fans. This means players will be leaving their national teams and head back to their clubs ahead of a return to action in the domestic leagues.

This is not to say nothing interesting happened during the international break. A lot unfolded in Euro 2020, AFCON 2019, and Gold Cup 2019 qualifiers, with the latter two wrapping up. Here's everything that happened over the past 10 days.

AFCON qualifiers have wrapped up. Here's what you need to know

  • No Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Gabon failed to qualify. Burundi will now make their first appearance after booking their spot via that 1-1 draw.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Gabon, Burundi, AFCON Qualifiers

  • Now that things have wrapped up, some big names are confirmed for AFCON 2019 such as Salah, Mane, Pepe, and Iwobi. Who are you excited to see?

Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Alex Iwobi, Nicolas Pepe, Egypt, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Africa Cup of Nations 2019

Here are all the qualified nations for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations:

Africa Cup of Nations 2019, Senegal, Nigeria, Egypt, Burundi

CONCACAF Gold Cup recap 

  • The final lineup for the Gold Cup 2019 has been confirmed. Here are the teams that will participate in this summer's competition:

Gold Cup 2019, USMNT, Mexico, Canada, Bermuda, Guyana, Nicaragua

  • Two nations will be making their Gold Cup debut this summer. They are Bermuda and Guyana after beating the Dominican Republic and Belize respectively. Elsewhere, Juan Barrera guided Nicaragua to only their second ever appearance in this competition.

How did the first two Matchdays of the UEFA Euro Qualifiers unfold?

  • Things did not go well for Portugal, as they succumbed to back-to-back draws in their opening two games with a certain influential attacker getting injured. VAR controversy took center-stage in the 1-1 stalemate with Serbia.

The defending champion sits third after two games in the UEFA Euro Qualifiers

Portugal, Serbia, Ukraine, UEFA Euro Qualifying

  • England impresses, scoring five goals against the Czech Republic and Montenegro each. However, that latter victory was marred by racism as a few black players were subject to disgusting monkey chants.

Raheem Sterling, Montenegro, England, UEFA Euro Qualifying

  • A youthful Germany side beat Netherlands 3-2 in Amsterdam in their opening game. Can the youngsters return die Mannschaft to all its glory?

FIFA injury virus

  • Two GOATs got injured during the international break. First Lionel Messi picked up a groin issue in the 3-1 loss to Venezuela. A few days later, Cristiano hurt his hamstring against Serbia. Here's all you need to know about their injuries.

Here's the timeline for the return of both Leo and Cristiano

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Argentina, Portugal

  • Premier League injuries: Ramsey, Sokratis, Lukaku, Matic, Bailly, McTominay, Dier, Aurier, Mina, and Digne.

  • Fabian Schar was knocked out in the clash with Georgia but Switzerland permitted him to continue playing in an awful controversy. He was later excused from international duty.


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