Mixed night for Saints' internationals

By SFC Media time 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.

Scotland's midfielder Stuart Armstrong (R) runs away from Belgium's midfielder Youri Tielemans during the International friendly football match between Scotland and Belgium at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland on September 7, 2018. (Photo by Andy BUCHANAN / AFP)        (Photo credit should read ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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The Saints midfielder started at Hampden Park and played 53 minutes of the friendly, as he was withdrawn during a flurry of second-half substitutions.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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