The international “break” is now part of the past. Here are the results of our globe-trotters who will return to Montreal in the coming hours.
Laurent Ciman, Belgium
Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying, UEFA zone, Group H
Belgium 9-0 Gibraltar, Thursday, August 31 at 2:45pm, at Stade Maurice Dufrasne in Liège
Greece 1-2 Belgium, Sunday, September 3 at 2:45pm, at Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Athens
It’s done! The Red Devils will be in Russia next summer. While Belgium was annihilating Gibraltar last Thursday, Bosnia-Herzegovina tripped against Cyprus, losing 3-2, and Greece dropped points at home against Estonia. The Belgian selection confirmed their top dog status on Sunday, beating the Greeks 2-1 in Athens. Laurent Ciman, however, remained on the bench, unused by coach Roberto Martínez.
Blerim Dzemaili, Switzerland
Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying, UEFA zone, Group B
Switzerland 3-0 Andorra, Thursday, August 31 at 2:45pm, at Kybunpark in St Gall
Latvia 0-3 Switzerland, Sunday, September 3 at 2:45pm, at Skonto Stadions in Riga
The Swiss squad is now sure to finish among the group’s top two and to take part to at least the knockout round, after two nice 3-0 wins against Andorra and Latvia. Dzemaili did not feature on Thursday, but played the full 90 against Latvia, scoring a goal and missing a penalty.
David Choinière, Anthony Jackson-Hamel, James Pantemis, Samuel Piette, Canada
Shaun Francis, Jamaica
Canada 2-0 Jamaica, Saturday, September 2 at 7pm, at BMO Field in Toronto
Three Impact players stepped on the field during this friendly ending 2-0 in favour of the hosts. Samuel Piette went the whole way and served a “pre-assist” for Canada’s second goal, while Anthony Jackson-Hamel, in one half, recorded a goal and an assist. Shaun Francis, on the other side of things, played 29 minutes for the Reggae Boyz.