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International round-up: Fabregas shines in Spain win; Hazard helps impressive Belgium; Serbia concede four

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After the morning's action in Africa, attentions shifted to Europe on this busy Friday of international action though tragic news out of France would later understandably render sports news secondary, including the France vs. Germany friendly going on at the time.  There were no Chelsea players involved there (Kurt Zouma has been called up to the French U21 squad but had to pull out with injury a few days ago).

Chelsea players were involved in a couple impressive wins, including Spain's 2-0 dismantling of England and Belgium's excellent 3-1 win over Italy.  Cesc Fabregas was one of Spain's most impressive performers on the night, capping off his 90 minutes with an assist on right back Mario Gaspar's ridiculous goal.  If that's what Cesar Azpilicueta has to do get into the side, he might need to step up his efforts.  The man we call Dave did get to play for about 10 minutes at the end.

Diego Costa also started and while he failed to score once again, he was at least not a hindrance to his own team.  Chelsea's fourth Spaniard, Pedro, played the final quarter of an hour, while Gary Cahill, on the opposite side was a late second-half substitute as well.  England's next match was supposed to be against France, but that's likely to be canceled now, while Spain will be taking on Belgium next week.

Belgium themselves finished off visiting Italy 3-1 on Friday.  Eden Hazard played a somewhat unspectacular full 90 and captained the side in Vincent Kompany's absence.  He did not get on the scoresheet, but was involved in Belgium's second goal.

Elsewhere, Serbia's recent bad form continued as they were hit for 4 goals by hosts Czech Republic in a friendly in Vitkovice.  Branislav Ivanovic and Nemanja Matic both started.  Neither were particularly bad, as far as I can tell based on reports I've seen, but it's never good to lose 4-1.  Matic played a little over 80 minutes while Ivanovic completed the full 90.  He sounds ready to make his Chelsea comeback as well.

Last but certainly not least, in the only competitive Chelsea action of the European day, goalkeeper Asmir Begovic backstopped Bosnia and Herzegovina to a 1-1 first leg draw against Ireland in the qualifying playoff for Euro 2016.  It's certainly not the result that Bosnia were looking for and now they have it all to do in Monday's second leg in Dublin.

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