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10 Sep 2014
Three Depor’s players were picked by their national teams during the weekend, but only two of them played as Pablo Insua was released due to an injury. Both Depor’s men suffered shocking defeats in the road to the Euro.

The return of Deportivo to Primera División is allowing the club to have once again international players. For the first break on the season three players from the first team were picked by their national teams: Pablo Insua (U21 Spain), Haris Medunjanin (Bosnia & Herzegovina) and Iván Cavaleiro (Portugal). And none of them had positive results.

Centre-back Insua was picked for a UEFA U-21 qualifying game against Hungary (1-0 win) and Austria (1-1), but was released before the first match as Deportivo sent a medical report regarding the ankle injury that’s affecting the Galician player since some weeks ago. Insua stayed in A Coruña and is expected that he could be available for the next liga game.

Medunjanin was the player with more activity as he had to play twice. On last Thursday, Bosnia played a friendly against Liechtenstein (3-0 win). Medunjanin played 68 minutes as a starter and was the defensive midfielder in the 4-3-3 draw.

Since it was a weak rival it was normal to see him joining the attacks, in this way he had four attempts to score, two were drilling shots from mid-distance that missed the target, another was a volley from the edge of the area that passed close to the far post, and the other a combination with Džeko in which Depor’s midfielder attempted to score from inside the box, but it was saved by keeper Peter Jehle.

Medunjanin during Thursday’s friendly against Liechtenstein
Then, on Tuesday, Bosnia faced Cyprus as part of the first game in Group B of the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying round. Depor’s midfielder started the game on the bench and entered at minute 62 replacing Tino-Sven Sušić. At the time the score was 1-1, which was a surprising score as Cyprus had ended scoreless in the previous eight meetings.

Medunjanin completed 24 of his 25 passing attempts and had one attempt off target, but Cyprus was the best team in the second half and scored a second goal in the final part. Bosnia even missed a penalty at the last minute (Pjanić). The 1-2 result means only the 13th win in 95 Euro qualifying games for the Cypriot outfit.

It was the first official match for Cavaleiro with the senior squad of Portugal
Another player with bad was Cavaleiro. With Cristiano Ronaldo off it was rumoured that Depor’s attacker was going to be a starter, but on Sunday he was on the bench for the Euro 2016 qualifying game against Albania. Since the score was 0-0 by half-time, he replaced Vieirinha for the second part only to see Balaj scoring the winning goal at minute 52.

After that, the desperate attempts of Portugal were only transformed into four shots on target despite having the ball possession. Their main opportunity was a shot by Ricardo Horta that hit the post. Cavaleiro performed as a right winger in a 4-3-3 formation and was very participative in the attacks, but only had one opportunity that turned into one of the ten corner-kicks in favour of the Portuguese outfit.

It was surely the upset of the matchday, after all it was only the fourth home loss for Portugal on this century playing for official competitions. There was massive criticism against Portugal and especially against coach Paulo Bento after the match.



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