Koné shines as Canada hold world champions to a draw

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Ismael Koné was awarded Canada’s Performance of the Match as they held France to a 0-0 draw in Bordeaux last night.

Meanwhile, his fellow midfielder Edo Kayembe played the full 90 minutes as DR Congo beat Togo 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier.

Koné played the first 84 minutes as Canada prepared for the upcoming Copa America by earning a draw against the current World Cup holders on their own turf.

This came three days after Canada suffered a 4-0 defeat in a friendly against the Netherlands, in which Koné played 79 minutes.

Now the Hornets midfielder must wait to see if he makes it into head coach Jesse Marsch’s final squad for the Copa America in the United States, which begins on 20 June.

Canada’s opening Group A game against Argentina is in Atlanta on the opening day, before they face Peru on 25 June (in Kansas) and Chile on 29 June (in Orlando).

Watford’s Francisco Sierralta will hope to be part of the Chile squad at the finals, although their head coach Diego Gareca has named a massive 55-man preliminary squad ahead of cutting it back to 26 by the deadline of 12 June.

Chile have a friendly against Paraguay on Wednesday (1 am UK time), after which Gareca will reduce his squad.

They begin their Group A games against Peru on 21 June in Texas and then face Argentina in New Jersey on 25 June, before the game with Canada in Orlando on 29 June.

Kayembe helped his DR Congo team to victory over Togo yesterday, a win which means they are third in the six-team Group B of the CAF World Cup qualification.

DR Congo now don’t play another World Cup qualifier until they take on South Sudan in March 2025.

Giorgi Chakvetadze played 66 minutes as Georgia beat Montenegro 3-1 in a friendly in Podgorica yesterday.

That was their final warm-up game ahead of the Euro 2024 finals which start in Germany on Friday.

The Georgians will be based in Velbert and are in Group F.

Their first game is against Turkey on 18 June, and then they face the Czech Republic (22 June) and Portugal (26 June).

Ryan Porteous was an unused substitute as Scotland drew 2-2 away to Finland in a friendly at Hampden Park on Friday night.

They will face hosts Germany in Munich in the opening game of the Euros finals on Friday 14 June, before taking on Switzerland (19 June) and Hungary (23 June).

Yaser Asprilla was an unused substitute as Colombia trounced the USA 5-1 in a friendly in Washington DC on Saturday.

They have a second friendly against Bolivia on Saturday, after which head coach Nestor Lorenzo will trim his squad down to the required 26 players ahead of Colombia’s opening Copa America Group D game against Paraguay in Houston on 24 June.

Colombia then play Costa Rica on 28 June (in Arizona), before facing Brazil in their final group game on 2 July (in California).