Salif Sané books a spot at the Africa Cup of Nations - Three more Royal Blues celebrating
It was nothing but wins for Schalkes international players on Sunday (15/11). Salif Sané made only a brief appearance in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying but was able to celebrate more than just a win at the final whistle. Frederik Rönnow tasted Nations League victory with Denmark, as did Ozan Kabak and Turkey. Welshman Rabbi Matondo did not appear in his country’s win.
Four days after beating Guinea-Bissau 2-0, Salif Sané and Senegal were celebrating another victory in the return fixture. With the 1-0 win in Bissau, in which the Schalke centre-back came on as a 90th minute substitute, the ‘Lions of Teranga’ remained unbeaten and were able to seal qualification to the next edition of the Africa Cup of Nations.
Senegal played with a numerical advantage after the hosts received a red card in the 64th minute, and the precious winning goal duly arrived eight minutes from time. Liverpool attacker Sadio Mané was the one to apply the finishing touch.
Rönnow plays a half
Denmark collected three valuable points in League A, Group 2 of the UEFA Nations League. Frederik Ronnow was a half-time substitute, replacing the injured Kasper Schmeichel in goal as the 1992 European Champions beat Iceland 2-1. Inter Milan midfielder Christian Eriksen was the hero, scoring a brace of penalties (12’, 90+2’) either side of Vidar Kjartansson’s equaliser in the 85th minute.
At 20:45 CET on Wednesday (18/11), Denmark will have one last chance to overhaul group leaders Belgium. The two teams go head-to-head in Brussels to determine who will progress, but only a win will do for Denmark.
Kabak used as a substitute
Turkey edged a narrow game against Russia, emerging 3-2 winners in the League B, Grup 3 match of the Nations League. Ozan Kabak came on in the 64th minute for Turkey. By that point Senol Gunes’ men had already played 40 minutes with a man advantage, after Andrey Semenov saw red early on. Kenan Karaman (26’), Cengiz Ünder (32’) and Cenk Tosun (52’, pen.) scored the goals for the hosts, while Russia’s scorers in Istanbul were Denis Cheryshev (11’) and Daler Kuzyaev (57’).
For Turkey, the Nations League group stage comes to a conclusion in Hungary on Wednesday (18/11, 20:45 CET). A win in Budapest could see Kabak and co. rise from third to first place, but only if Russia stumble in Serbia on the final day.
Wales remain top
Rabbi Matondo did not make an appearance as Wales overcame the Republic of Ireland 1-0. David Brooks headed home the winner in the 47th minute in Cardiff, meaning that Matondo’s side successfully held on to first place in Group 4 of League B. Next up for the Dragons is a clash with second-placed Finland, who visit Cardiff on Wednesday (18/11, 20:45 CET). Wales need only a draw to ensure that they finish top of the pile.