Davies helps Wales defeat Ireland, but will miss Denmark clash in November
PUBLISHED: 11:00 17 October 2018
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A look at how some of Tottenham Hotspur’s players fared while on international duty
Ben Davies was a rock at the back for Wales last night as they ground out a 1-0 win away to the Republic of Ireland which ensured they will not suffer relegation from the UEFA Nations League Group B4.
The Spurs full-back played the whole match and helped Ryan Giggs’ men withstand pressure from the hosts after Harry Wilson had opened the scoring in the 58th minute.
It was not all positive for Davies though, as he picked up a first-half booking for a foul on Harry Arter which will rule him out of Wales’ next Group B4 match at home to Christian Eriksen’s Denmark on November 16.
Tottenham Hotspur or Mauricio Pochettino will probably not be complaining, but after this display, the Dragons will certainly miss the defender’s presence against the Danes next month.
Hugo Lloris and France also enjoyed a good night in the UEFA Nations League after they come from behind to beat Germany 2-1 in Group A1.
The Spurs goalkeeper was unable to prevent Toni Kroos scoring from the penalty spot after 14 minutes even though he got close to the effort.
He did, however, prevent Timo Werner and Matthias Ginter from increasing the away side’s advantage in the first half before Antoine Griezmann levelled early into the second period.
Lloris was called upon again soon after to deny Serge Gnabry and it allowed talisman Griezmann to grab his second and inspire France to a 2-1 victory.
Earlier in the day, Heung-min Son played 90 minutes during South Korea’s 2-2 draw at home to Panama.
The Spurs attacker saw his country race into a two-goal lead, setting up the second, before the visitors hit back to earn a share of the spoils.
Centre back Toby Alderweireld also got more minutes for Belgium and completed the whole match of their 1-1 friendly draw with the Netherlands.
In Saudi Arabia, there was disappointment for Lucas Moura who remained an unused substitute in Brazil’s 1-0 triumph over Argentina while youngster Juan Foyth failed to make the bench.
Cameron Carter-Vickers did feature for the Unites States in their friendly game with Peru, but couldn’t help them win as they were held to a 1-1 draw.
Davinson Sanchez did end up on the victorious team, however, as his Colombia beat Costa Rica 3-1 with the defender playing the full match.
Finally, Serge Aurier again captained Ivory Coast in their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier away to Central African Republic in Group H and helped them keep a clean sheet in a goalless draw.
All of the aforementioned players will now make their way back to Hotspur Way and should be involved in some capacity in Thursday’s training session.