Yevhen Konoplyanka and Matija Nastasic celebrate important wins

Yevhen Konoplyanka, Matija Nastasic and Nabil Bentaleb were all playing for their national teams on Saturday (2nd September) in World Cup qualification matches. provides summaries of the trio’s matches.

Konoplyanka gets an assist

Ukraine took the lead in group I thanks to a 2-0 victory over Turkey. Andriy Yarmolenko (18’, 42’) scored both goals in the World Cup qualifier in Kharkiv. Schalke’s midfielder Yevhen Konoplyanka, who starred in the starting XI and came off the injury time, set up the second goal. The Ukrainians have another World Cup qualifier on Tuesday (5th September) coming up in Iceland, which will kick off at 20:45 CEST in Reykjavík.

Safe win for Nastasic

Matija Nastasic played for the whole 90 minutes in Serbia’s 3-0 win over bottom-placed Moldova. The goals came from Mijat Gacinovic (20’), Aleksandar Kolarov (30’) and Aleksandar Mitrovic (81’). The Royal Blues defender’s team are still on course to go to Russia next year thanks to the win. The Serbians top group D with 15 points from seven games and will face second-placed team Ireland on Tuesday (5th September) in Dublin, where kick-off will be at 20:45 CEST.

A loss for Bentaleb

Algeria’s qualification campaign took another step back after a 3-1 loss to Zambia. After three from six matches in the World Cup qualifiers, Schalke midfielder Nabil Bentaleb’s team only have one point to show for it and already trail table-leaders Nigeria by eight points. Yacine Brahimi scored Algeria’s only goal of the match. The second-leg game against Zambia will kick off on Tuesday (5th September) in Constantine at 21:30 CEST.

Burgstaller rests due to foot injury

Guido Burgstaller didn’t touch the ball in Austria’s 1-0 loss to Wales. The forward had to sit out the World Cup qualifier in Cardiff as a result of bruising to his right foot and will also miss the match on Tuesday (5th September) against Georgia.

Avdijaj’s game cancelled

The World Cup qualifier between Croatia and Kosovo was called off in the first half due to heavy rain. A new fixture date has not yet been arranged. Donis Avdijaj sat on Kosovo’s bench, whose next scheduled match is against Finland on Tuesday (5th September) at 20:45 CEST in Shkodër, Albania.