International PSG: 6 players involved in Italy, Argentina, and Portugal matches
As many as six players from PSG were called-up and involved in the games played by their nations on Thursday, Mar. 23rd.
Italy hosted England in Naples as part of the EURO 2024 Qualifying matches held this week. PSG midfielder Marco Verratti captained the squad while goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma started for the Squadra Azzurra in their 2-1 loss to England.
The Parisian goalkeeper played the entire match, with Marco Verratti, who was the captain on Thursday evening, getting replaced in the 88th minute of play. Mateo Retegui (56') scored for Italy while Declan Rice (13') and Harry Kane (p 44') were the goalscorers for England.
PSG forward and Argentine world champion Lionel Messi scored his 800th career goal for club and country scoring a free-kick in Argentina's 2-0 victory over Panama in the first game of the South American country after getting crowned in the Qatar World Cup.
It was a truly unstoppable free-kick, and it marked another historic feat in Messi's long-GOAT career. The superstar lifted the World Cup trophy in front of the 80,000 fans present at El MonumentalinBuenos Aires, home of River Plate.
Finally, three members of PSG and the Portugal national team got called up by their nation by only two of them played on Thursday.
In their first EURO 2024 qualifier, PSG defenders Danilo, Nuno Mendes, and midfielder Vitinha's Portugal won 4-0 over Liechtenstein without much trouble.
Danilo Pereira started the game but he was replaced shortly after the hour mark. Vitinha entered the pitch barely with ten minutes left on the clock, while left-back Nuno Mendes did not play at all in this rather easy matchup against the minnows from Liechtenstein.
The international break will keep going on Friday with new France captain Kylian Mbappe playing such a role for the first time since officially getting the armband and the designation by manager Didier Deschamps earlier this week.