Bragging rights for Aguerd: international round-up

  • by Staff Writer
  • Monday, 27th March 2023

Nayef Aguerd will enjoy bragging rights when the first team squad returns in full to Rush Green this week after his Morocco side caused one of the biggest upsets of the international break by beating Lucas Paqueta's Brazil.

The North Africans produced a surprise 2-1 win in Tangiers' Grand Stade de Tanger to defeat their fellow World Cup quarter finalists on Saturday evening thanks to goals from Sofiane Boufal and Abdelhamid Sabri.

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Sampdoria's Sabri had been on the pitch for just 14 minutes when he scored the winner with just 12 minutes of normal time remaining, after Manchester United's Casemiro had levelled for the South Americans - with the assist provided by Paqueta.

You may watch (extended) highlights of the game below.

In addition to Aguerd and Paqeuta, several Hammers were in international action this weekend - including Declan Rice, who followed his fourth goal for his country against Italy by completing another 90 minutes for the Tree Lions in their comfortable 2-0 win over Ukraine.

Although he failed to trouble the scoresheet on this particular occasion, West Ham's skipper collected his 41st cap for his country and in doing so, moved above former Sheffield United and Everton defender Phil Jagielka (40 caps) in the list of all-time England representatives.

His next (42nd) appearance will see Rice join notable England internationals such as Steve Coppell, Tony Woodcock and Peter Crouch. Highlights of that match may be viewed below.

Elsewhere Emerson Palmieri's Italy enjoyed their first win of the European Championships qualifying campaign by beating Malta 2-0 at the National Stadium Ta' Qali.

The left-sided defender featured for a full 90 minutes as the Azzuri eased to victory through first half goals from Tigre's Mateo Retegui and Monza's Matteo Pessina and he earned his 29th cap for his country.

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