Deulofeu Hits A Hat-Trick

Gerard Deulofeu continued his excellent form by scoring a hat-trick for Spain Under-21s on Thursday evening.

However, Ramiro Funes Mori will have to wait an extra 24 hours to tackle Brazil with Argentina after their 2018 World Cup qualifier in Buenos Aires was postponed due to torrential rain.

Deulofeu, who was captain for the night, proved the star of the show for Spain as they waltzed to a 5-0 victory over Georgia in a 2017 European Under-21 Championship qualifier.

The winger opened the scoring with a crisp low finish from the edge of the area after a quarter of an hour and got his second of the game with a 25-yard free-kick just after the half-hour mark.

And after Inaki Williams and Dani Ceballaos added to the tally, Deulofeu put the gloss on a comprehensive victory in the closing stages with a left-footed drive.

Earlier on Thursday, also in qualifying for the 2017 Under-21 European Championships, England drew 0-0 with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

However, Blues defender Brendan Galloway missed the game with a muscle complaint.

Head coach Gareth Southgate had earlier said: “He [Galloway] is being assessed, he is with us. It's a muscular injury but we don't want to take any chances. Maybe he is ok for Monday. We don't know yet.”

Meanwhile, at Under-19 level, Ryan Ledson was on the scoresheet for England in their 2-2 draw away in Holland.

The midfielder got the Young Lions back in it with 15 minutes remaining, before Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham netted a late equaliser.

Callum Connolly and Jonjoe Kenny were named as substitutes.

At the same age group, Nathan Broadhead started for Wales Under-19s as they beat Georgia 3-0.

Mori and Argentina were due to tackle Neymar and Co in the early hours of Friday morning but a deluge in the Argentine capital put paid to proceedings before they even got underway. They will try again at 00.00am on Saturday.

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