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International round-up: Injuries and lackluster results on tap for the Chelsea boys

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Eight Chelsea players were slated for international action on Thursday, all but one got at least 15 minutes.  Kurt Zouma was the lone exception, he only got to watch from the bench France's 4-0 walloping of Armenia in a friendly.  France haven't played a competitive match in some time, but surely, they've got to be one of the favorites for next summer's main event.

One team who most definitely won't be favorites at Euro 2016, on account of a disastrous qualifying campaign, are Serbia, who finally recorded their first official win of the qualifiers courtesy of two stoppage-time goals away in Albania.  Fortunately, there were no drones or (too many) objects thrown or any other major controversy this time, unlike in the first meeting.  In not so great news, Branislav Ivanovic and Nemanja Matic appeared to pick up injuries.  There have been no further updates about either since the original reports following the 2-0 win.

Later in the day, over on the South American continent, qualifying or the 2018 World Cup got underway.  Colombia opened with a 2-0 win over Peru, Juan Cuadrado playing the full 90 and continuing to show good form.  He grabbed an assist on Colombia's second goal in the 94th minute.  Falcao came on for the final 15 minutes and did not much of note.

Even more disappointing was Oscar for a Neymar-less Brazil, as Dunga's men opened with a 2-0 loss away to Copa America (controversial?) champions Chile.  Willian also started and was, as it has tended to happen recently for both club and country, the lone bright spot, though hardly a consistent one.  Brazil's play was strangely lacking in the final third and Chile dominated for long stretches in both halves.  Brazil did pose some threat on the counter, mostly through the aforementioned afro'd Chelsea man, but Chile certainly were not shy to put in a few reducers to put an end to those.  Here's an example:

The 2-0 reverse was also the scoreline in Nigeria's friendly against DR Congo.  Mikel played the full match.

Not the best day for the Chelsea's internationals.  Back at it tomorrow.

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