Rui Patricio and Joao Moutinho were unable to fire Portugal into Euro 2020 after falling to defeat against Group B qualifying leaders Ukraine in Kiev.
The most experienced members of the Wolves squad were back in action for their country after Friday night’s win over Luxembourg, but they could not replicate that result in Ukraine, despite Cristiano Ronaldo netting his 700th professional goal.
Patricio played the full 90 minutes on Monday night but could not stop Roman Yaremchuk and Andriy Yarmolenko putting Ukraine 2-0 up, while Moutinho was brought off after 56 minutes to be replaced by Bruno Fernandes.
Fellow Wolves man Ruben Neves was an unused substitute for the Portuguese, who sit second in the table on 11 points, eight behind Ukraine and one ahead of third-place Serbia.
Matt Doherty was also an unused substitute as a 10-man Republic of Ireland side lost 2-0 to Switzerland in Geneve on Tuesday. Haris Seferovic put the Swiss ahead after 16 minutes, before Shane Duffy’s own goal secured the three points for the hosts.
Despite the defeat, Ireland remain joint top of the Group D table on 12 points with Denmark, one ahead of Switzerland.
Patrick Cutrone returned to Yerevan on Monday night, the city where he made his Wolves debut, and helped the Italian under-21 side to a 1-0 win over Armenia. In from the start, Cutrone played the full 90 minutes as his fellow forward Ascoli’s Gianluca Scamacca put the Azzurrini ahead with 20 minutes on the clock.
The young Italian side are now third in the UEFA Euro U21 Qualifying Group One table, two points behind second-place Iceland and three behind Connor Ronan’s Republic of Ireland, but with two games in hand.
Wolves internationals October fixtures
Patricio, Moutinho, Neves (Portugal): UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying
- 3-0 vs Luxembourg (H)
- 1-2 vs Ukraine (A)
Doherty (Republic of Ireland): UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying
- 0-0 vs Georgia (A)
- 0-2 vs Switzerland
Dendoncker (Belgium): UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying
- 9-0 vs San Marino (H)
- 2-0 vs Kazakhstan (A)
Cutrone (Italy U21): UEFA Euro U21 Qualifying
- 0-0 vs Republic of Ireland (A)
- 1-0 vs Armenia (A)
Vinagre (Portugal U21): UEFA Euro U21 Qualifying
- 2-4 vs Netherlands (A)