Paul Pogba and Raphael Varane enjoyed a spectacular start to the international break as they led France to a Nations League semi-final victory last night.

Manchester United teammates Fred and Edinson Cavani were also on international duty into the early hours.

But there were mixed fortunes for the South American duo as the Conmebol World Cup qualifying continued.

Uruguay v Colombia - FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar Qualifier
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Cavani draws a blank

As we reported the day of the game courtesy of  Ovacion, Cavani began the game on the bench.

With the scores between Uruguay at Colombia 0-0 at half-time, Cavani was brought on.

But the Manchester United striker failed to change the trajectory of the game and the qualifier ended in a 0-0 draw.


Cavani found it tough to get into the game, attempting just one shot at goal and touching the ball just 11 times.

Fred an unused substitute

Fred was a regular starter for Brazil in the Copa America. After missing the September international games, he has now lost his place.

The Manchester United midfielder was an unused substitute as Brazil beat Venezuela 3-1.

Liverpool’s Fabinho was preferred to Fred in midfield. Their win will encourage Brazil to stick with the same side.

Brazil and Uruguay have two more games left of the October qualifiers, with the final one facing off against each other next week.

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