Mertens scores, Ilicic sees red

Napoli forward Dries Mertens scored a stunner as Belgium drew 1-1 with the Netherlands, while Atalanta’s Josip Ilicic saw red for Slovenia.

It was a mixed bag this evening for Serie A players on international duty.

Inter defender Joao Miranda decided Brazil’s 1-0 friendly win against Argentina, although Juventus star Paulo Dybala went off with a right knee injury.

Mertens took just four minutes to rifle a ferocious half-volley into the far top corner, but Belgium were eventually pegged back to a 1-1 draw by Stefan de Vrij’s Netherlands.

Atalanta creative midfielder Ilicic had a torrid time for Slovenia, as he was sent off in a dismal home draw with Cyprus.

Blaise Matuidi earned a dubious penalty as France came back from a goal down to beat Germany 2-1 in the Nations League, thanks to an Antoine Griezmann brace.

Roma striker Patrik Schick and Jakub Jankto were in the starting XI for the Czech Republic in a 1-0 Nations League loss to Ukraine.

Genoa forward Goran Pandev failed to help Montenegro in a 4-0 defeat in Armenia.

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