Richarlison continued an impressive start to his Brazil career with the only goal after replacing the injured Neymar in a 1-0 win over Cameroon in Milton Keynes.

Paris Saint-Germain may have been dealt a huge blow after Kylian Mbappe suffered a shoulder injury in France's friendly against Uruguay.

Mbappe sustained the problem 30 minutes into Tuesday's encounter at Stade de France, landing awkwardly on his right side after a challenge from Uruguay goalkeeper Martin Campana.

The 19-year-old, who has 13 goals in all competitions for Ligue 1 leaders PSG so far this term, attempted to carry on, but promptly signalled to the touchline that he needed to be replaced, with Florian Thauvin replacing the forward following a spell of treatment.

And with Mbappe's PSG team-mate Neymar having also gone off injured in Brazil's clash with Cameroon, Thomas Tuchel will be concerned over the status of his star men ahead of a busy run of fixtures which includes the Ligue 1 champions' crucial Champions League meeting with Liverpool in eight days' time.

Chris Gunter became Wales' most-capped player in Elbasan on Tuesday but Ryan Giggs' side could not mark the occasion with victory as they were beaten 1-0 by Albania.

Gunter made his international bow in 2007 and the goalless friendly saw him go past Neville Southall with 93 caps, a tally the 29-year-old could significantly add to before the end of his career.

A celebratory night in Cardiff might have a better way for the full-back to separate given there was very little to cheer for those fans who had made the journey. 

Sam Vokes missed two glorious chances for Wales either side of the break and they proved costly as Bekim Balaj secured victory for Albania with a 58th-minute penalty.

Gunter's landmark night saw Wales make a positive start but finding a way through the Albanian defence proved harder than Scotland had found three days earlier.

Lively attacking duo David Brooks and Harry Wilson looked the most likely to threaten Etrit Berisha's goal, with the latter wasting Wales' best opportunity with a long-range free kick that drifted wide.

Taulant Xhaka was lucky to stay on the pitch just before the break as he appeared to move his head towards Brooks', but the officials only showed him a yellow card.

A flowing move – started by Wilson – eventually saw Joe Allen play in Vokes, but his low shot was easily saved by the alert ​Berisha.

Vokes failed again just after the restart as he proved unable to turn in Tom Lockyer's header from a yard out, the Burnley striker somehow finding the hands of the goalkeeper.

Despite dominating, Wales found themselves behind just before the hour when Wilson was adjudged to have pulled back Xhaka in the penalty area. Balaj made no mistake from 12 yards.

Even the introduction of Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale could not turn Wales' fortunes around as Giggs's men ended 2018 with back-to-back defeats.

 

What does it mean? Miserable end to Giggs' first year

Since succeeding Chris Coleman in January, Giggs has overseen only three wins from nine matches, losing four of the last five. Added to that, Wales also failed to earn promotion from the Nations League as they finished second in their group with Denmark and the Republic of Ireland.

Wasteful Vokes costs Wales

Vokes' poor form in front of goal for Wales continued after he failed to add to the three strikes he has to his name this year. Twice he should have beaten Berisha but unerringly found the keeper.

Xhaka's a lucky boy

It may have been a friendly but Xhaka was fortunate not to see red after clashing with Brooks, the midfielder pulling his rivals leg before appearing to headbutt the Bournemouth man.

What's next

With the next international break in March, both managers will have time to assess their options ahead of the European Championship qualifiers.

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar suffered an early injury in Brazil's friendly against Cameroon on Tuesday in Milton Keynes.

The Brazil captain left the pitch for treatment as Allan squandered his side's first chance, before Neymar returned to the field and fired over the crossbar from 25 yards.

That effort only appeared to further aggravate an apparent groin injury, however, as Neymar immediately went down and gestured to the bench that he would have to be replaced.

Richarlison came on in the former Barcelona man's place after just eight minutes, with the injured star stopping briefly on the bench before heading down the tunnel.

PSG face Toulouse on Saturday, with a crucial Champions League meeting with Liverpool to follow next Wednesday.

Neymar's first season in France was disrupted by injury, a broken foot suffered in February impacting Brazil's preparation for the World Cup.

Edinson Cavani has rejected the notion of a strained relationship between he and Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar after the pair clashed in a friendly on Friday.

Roberto Mancini does not believe his "unlucky" Italy side could have done much more to improve their underwhelming form in front of goal.

The Azzurri have scored just three goals in five games this season and failed to reach the Nations League Finals, with Portugal guaranteed to top their group after a goalless draw between the two teams.

But while Mancini is concerned by this profligacy, he claims Italy have simply been unfortunate in recent matches.

"Of course it is a problem, because if you do not score, you do not win," he told a news conference. "But between the games against Ukraine, Poland and Portugal, we have created 20 chances.

"Against Portugal, for example, the goalkeeper made great saves. There is not much more we can do to score, except throw it in! I think it was a matter of being unlucky.

"It will turn sooner or later. The important thing is that we continue to create and play well in attack."

Despite these issues, Mancini is content he has now settled on a system with Italy and will look to line up with a similar side again against United States on Tuesday.

"If those who played on Saturday are fine, they could all play again," the coach said ahead of the friendly in Belgium. "We will evaluate who will replace the players who have returned home.

"We waited a while to have all the players who were injured in the first matches, players who fitted my plans, like [Marco] Verratti for example."

Didier Deschamps is determined France will finish 2018 on a high against Uruguay, even if the World Cup winners' Nations League fate is out of their hands.

Wolves defender Jonny Castro could miss the club's Premier League clash with Huddersfield Town after suffering an injury to his right knee while playing in Spain's 1-0 victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The 24-year-old lasted 51 minutes of the friendly at Estadio de Gran Canaria before he was replaced by Cesar Azpilicueta and Spain's doctors said he required further tests to establish the extent of his injury.

Jonny has scored one goal in 12 appearances for Wolves during the newly promoted club's steady start to the Premier League season but could be ruled out of Nuno Espirito Santo's defensive options for the clash with David Wagner's struggling Terriers.

A statement from Spain's doctors said: "The pain is localised on the internal side, and the picture is compatible with a medial collateral ligament lesion that, although it is still to be defined, could be a grade II-III.

"MRI will be performed for diagnostic confirmation and other lesions will be ruled out."

Spain may not have qualified for the Nations League Finals but Luis Enrique is pleased with how his young side have progressed since their World Cup exit.

The former Barcelona coach took control of the national team from Fernando Hierro after Russia 2018 – Spain having lost Julen Lopetegui to Real Madrid on the eve of the tournament.

Victories in his opening two competitive matches put them in charge of their Nations League group with England and Croatia, however their fortunes turned.

A loss at home to England was followed by a 3-2 reverse in Zagreb, leaving Spain with no control over their own destiny.

England's 2-1 win over Croatia on Sunday saw them progress to the semi-finals of the competition, while Spain remain in League A after finishing second in the group.

But Luis Enrique was not too downhearted by that, and he sees plenty of positives despite an unconvincing 1-0 friendly win over Bosnia-Herzegovina on Sunday.

"Obviously we would have liked to have been in the final four, it seemed that we had it on track after the first two games but it is one of the most difficult groups," he said.

"We lost our chance in Seville [against England] and in Zagreb.

"I make a positive assessment of the six matches that we have had, I already knew that the players could not give me everything I have asked for but I am delighted with the attitude of them all.

"I am happy and satisfied."

Sunday's win in Las Palmas saw Luis Enrique ring the changes and put his faith in Spain's youngsters, but it was his stand-in captain Isco who particularly impressed.

"He is a different player," he said of the Real Madrid midfielder. "He is decisive, with great quality and a praiseworthy attitude.

"The captain's armband is anecdotal because he had played the most matches. Isco has been leading teams for years in Madrid and for the national team, he did it in the World Cup."

Debutant Brais Mendez got Spain back to winning ways with a late strike in an unconvincing 1-0 friendly victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina in Gran Canaria.

Celta Vigo midfielder Mendez came off the bench in the second half and needed just 19 minutes to find the back of the net on Sunday, his strike coming after Ibrahim Sehic could only parry Isco's low drive.

Spain's margin of victory should have been wider but Alvaro Morata's toils for La Roja continued as he skewed wide prior to Mendez's winning goal.

Victory ensures Spain finish 2018 on a positive note after successive defeats in the Nations League, England's 2-1 win over Croatia earlier in the day ending Luis Enrique's side's hopes of reaching next year's Finals.

Spain's inexperienced side survived an early scare when Edin Visca broke through in the opening minute, but the forward was denied by Kepa Arrizabalaga.

It was a rare moment in the attacking third for Bosnia as Spain dominated possession, although they were unable to turn it into clear-cut chances.

Suso, Marco Asensio and Isco all blazed over before the latter finally brought a save out of Sehic five minutes before the break, the goalkeeper comfortably holding onto the Real Madrid midfielder's low shot.

Chances continued to be at a premium until the hour when Asensio fired low towards goal and the rebound should have been put into the unguarded net by Morata but he somehow managed to fire wide.

It was his final action as Rodrigo Moreno replaced him soon afterwards, but it was another substitute who settled the clash as Mendez did what Morata could not with 12 minutes to play.

 

What does it mean? Still work to do for Luis Enrique

Spain made nine changes, with eight of Luis Enrique's starting line-up holding less than 10 caps, and their inexperience showed at times in what proved to be a low-key affair.

Isco leads from the front

In a team lacking senior figures it was 26-year-old Isco who led from the front with a strong display in midfield, his surging runs bringing rare moments of quality for the hosts.

Morata's problems show no sign of ending

Morata's troubles in front of goal have been well documented and his failure to score on Sunday means he has gone over a year without finding the net for Spain.

What's next?

With their Nations League campaigns over, both teams will turn their attention to the draw for the 2020 European Championship qualifiers in December.

Kylian Mbappe is confident Edinson Cavani and Neymar will have no problems playing together at Paris Saint-Germain despite their clash in Uruguay's 1-0 defeat to Brazil.

Neymar's 76th-minute penalty settled the friendly at Emirates Stadium on Friday, but a late challenge on the Brazil captain by his club-mate left him writhing in agony.

As he kept possession on the left flank, Neymar was hacked down by Cavani with a clumsy tackle that earned the Uruguay striker a yellow card.

The pair exchanged words after Cavani had helped Neymar back to his feet, leading to some suggestions there could be tension in Paris after the international break.

Mbappe insists there will be no problems, though, having already shared a joke with Neymar on WhatsApp.

"Cavani is a great player," Mbappe told a media conference ahead of France's friendly with Uruguay on Monday. "He is really good for PSG. 

"What happened with Neymar is... I sent a message on WhatsApp to Neymar with the video. And he laughed. So it is nothing. 

"It was a duel, they defended their country, they were right to do so. Both of them gave their best.

"And it won't have any consequence in PSG, they will still hug each other and score goals together. So there is no problem."

Chris Gunter hopes Gareth Bale can help his family make it to Albania to watch him make history for Wales on Tuesday.

The Reading defender equalled Neville Southall's national record of 92 caps when he came on as a first-half substitute during the 2-1 Nations League defeat to Denmark on Friday.

Wales boss Ryan Giggs confirmed after the fixture in Cardiff that Gunter will start the friendly against Albania, paving the way for the 29-year-old to move clear at the summit on the all-time list of appearances.

With the hope of getting his loved ones to Elbasan in time to witness the occasion, Gunter revealed his plan to ask Real Madrid star Bale for a helping hand with the travel arrangements.

"It will be a special night," Gunter said. "I am going to ask Gaz [Bale] if I can borrow his plane to get some people over. If it is free I am sure they will.

"I am trying to get some family over there. It is not the easiest place to get to but if the Welsh fans can then I am sure I can find a way to get some people over.

"There are people from my family who have watched every single game of mine, whether live or on television.

"I know they will be watching wherever and it will be a special night and hopefully we can get a result so I can enjoy it with a win."

Gunter moved level with goalkeeper Southall when coming on to replace the injured Paul Dummett.

His record-breaking moment will now come on the road rather than in front of a home crowd, yet the versatile full-back believes it is fitting to achieve the milestone in front of Wales' loyal band of travelling supporters.

"If I can do it on Tuesday I think it would be fitting in a way because it would be in front of people who have probably been to far and wide places where I have picked up a lot of my caps," he added.

"If I could do it in front of those who spend their hard-earned money getting to all those places it would be a huge honour in terms of them being able to see in a place where no one thought it would ever happen."

Dummett and fellow defender James Chester - who was withdrawn due to injury early in the second half at the Cardiff City Stadium - will not be involved against Albania.

Wayne Rooney is excited for England's future under Gareth Southgate - but insists other former internationals are not so forthcoming in their support of the current squad.

Thursday's substitute appearance against the United States marked Rooney's 120th and final appearance for the national team, having announced his retirement last year.

The former Everton and Manchester United forward came off the bench in his swansong outing and nearly marked his farewell at Wembley with a goal towards the end of a comfortable 3-0 triumph.

However, while Rooney is looking forward to cheering on the Three Lions from afar now as he winds down his career in MLS, he revealed some of his old England team-mates are not so happy with Southgate's side doing well.

"I know there are some ex-players who I've spoken to who can't come to terms with England doing well," Rooney said.

"That is wrong. I’m not like that. I'm a fan now. I want England to do well. I am proud to have played for England so many times and I always have been.

"I've had my time. I am happy with what I've contributed to the national team and I look forward now to the next few years and watching this team progress."

England reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup but Rooney believes the 3-2 Nations League win away in Spain last month may be even more important for the squad's growth.

He admits there is "huge" potential in the group of players working under the impressive Southgate, who has a depth of talent at his disposal that was not always there for his predecessors.

"I think this is a great squad, with other players who can come in if there are injuries," the 33-year-old said. 

"I have also seen first-hand that they are getting coached right, with good ideas, and the players are responding well to that. Hopefully this team can be the one to bring a trophy home.

"Everyone can see the potential in the team is huge. They have come off the back of a hugely successful World Cup, but in a strange way I think the game against Spain will give them even more confidence than what they did in the summer.

"That was a massive result, to win away in Spain. To be around the squad, to see how Gareth is coaching, was great."

Tom Rogic and Robbie Kruse will miss Australia's friendly against Lebanon on Tuesday as they deal with minor injuries.

Rogic (knee) and Kruse (groin) were left out of a 24-man squad for the clash, which will be Tim Cahill's 108th and final appearance for the Socceroos.

The duo started Australia's 1-1 draw against South Korea on Saturday, when Graham Arnold's men needed a 94th-minute equaliser from Massimo Luongo in Brisbane.

In-form Adelaide United attacker Craig Goodwin and Sydney FC defender Rhyan Grant are part of the squad, while Thomas Deng and Dimitri Petratos miss out.

"There is a short turnaround to Tuesday's match against Lebanon so Tom and Robbie, who both performed well on Saturday evening but have minor knee and groin injuries respectively, won't be risked," Arnold said in a statement on Sunday.

"Thomas and Dimitri did well in training in Brisbane but they won't be part of the Lebanon fixture.

"Our medical and performance staff will continue to monitor the group leading into Tuesday's game and together we will make a decision regarding the final 23 players for matchday on matchday.

"With limited matches and training days with the team leading up to next year's AFC Asian Cup it is important that we provide as many players as possible with the chance to integrate into our style and system, and Tuesday's match against Lebanon gives us a great chance to do that."

 

Australia: Mitchell Langerak (Nagoya Grampus), Mathew Ryan (Brighton and Hove Albion), Danny Vukovic (Genk); Aziz Behich (PSV), Milos Degenek (Red Star Belgrade), Alex Gersbach (Rosenborg), Rhyan Grant (Sydney FC), Matthew Jurman (Al-Ittihad), Josh Risdon (Western Sydney Wanderers), Trent Sainsbury (PSV); Mustafa Amini (Aarhus), Craig Goodwin (Adelaide United), Jackson Irvine (Hull City), James Jeggo (Austria Vienna), Mathew Leckie (Hertha Berlin), Massimo Luongo (QPR), Awer Mabil (Midtjylland), Mark Milligan (Hibernian), Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town), Andrew Nabbout (Urawa Reds); Martin Boyle (Hibernian), Tim Cahill (Jamshedpur), Tomi Juric (Luzern), Jamie Maclaren (Hibernian).

Luis Enrique has branded criticism of David de Gea "unfair" but declined to reveal whether the under-pressure goalkeeper will remain a starter for Spain.

De Gea was closely scrutinised for his part in Tin Jedvaj's late winner in the costly 3-2 defeat to Croatia in the Nations League on Thursday.

The Manchester United man is struggling to find form on the international stage, saving less than half of the shots he has faced since the start of La Roja's disappointing World Cup campaign.

Chelsea's Kepa Arrizabalaga is reportedly under consideration to step in for the friendly against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Sunday.

Luis Enrique would not confirm which way he was leaning, but defended De Gea's concerning recent record.

"What's strange is what the criticism means. Criticism must be for the whole team and the coach, too," he told reporters.

"When it's aimed at one person it's unfair because this is a team sport.

"Goals aren't just scored because of the goalkeepers – when we concede we're all responsible. It's unfair to personalise it, but we accept criticism.

"I won't put my players on trial. I analyse things in a general sense and from there I make decisions.

"I won't talk about my preferences, as my actions speak louder than words."

The other goalkeeping option in Luis Enrique's squad is Real Betis' Pau Lopez.

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