Mixed night for Saints' internationals

By SFC Media Fri 07 Sep International
Photo by Reuters | Jan Bednarek

It was a mixed evening for the two Southampton players in international action on Friday night, as Jan Bednarek helped Poland to a draw while Stuart Armstrong suffered defeat with Scotland.

Bednarek started at centre-back for his country away to Italy in the UEFA Nations League, as they earned a very creditable 1-1 draw to open up the competition.

It looked for a long time as if it would be an even better night for Poland, who led in Bologna through Piotr Zieliński’s side-footed volley from Robert Lewandowski’s 40th-minute cross.

However, a 78th-minute penalty from Chelsea’s Jorginho, after Jakub Błaszczykowski was judged to have fouled Federico Chiesa in the area, meant Bednarek and his teammates had to settle for a point in what was their first game under manager Jerzy Brzeczek.

Stuart Armstrong on the ball for Scotland against Belgium

For Armstrong, it was a disappointing night, as Scotland were soundly beaten, 4-0, by Belgium.

The Saints midfielder started at Hampden Park and played 53 minutes of the friendly, as he was withdrawn during a flurry of second-half substitutions.

Belgium led 1-0 at half-time, thanks to Romelu Lukaku’s finish, with Eden Hazard adding another within a minute of the second half starting, before Michy Batshuayi netted a pair of goals himself.

Armstrong and Scotland will hope for better when they host Albania on Monday night in their first UEFA Nations League match.

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