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Belgium win erased from records: Januzaj’s debut, Lukaku’s hat trick vanish


One of the most bizarre stories in international soccer emerged on Wednesday, as Belgium had their 5-1 friendly win over Luxembourg erased from the record books.

Belgium’s head coach Marc Wilmots will be the man sporting a red face for his error.

In the 77th minute of the match defender Jan Vertonghen was replaced by Nicolas Lombaerts and that was Belgium’s seventh substitution of the game.

You see, FIFA’s friendly rules allow a maximum of six substitutions. When Lombaerts replaced Vertonghen, that was Belgium’s seventh sub.

Egg is all over Wilmots face as the 5-1 victory will disappear from existence and won’t count during the latest FIFA world rankings update on Friday. It will be like it never happened.

However the man you really have feel sorry for is Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku who bagged his first-ever hat trick for the national team but will now see it erased. He must be fuming right now.

Another name you may be familiar also had a big day chalked off as Manchester United star Adnan Januzaj finally made his debut in the May 26 friendly in Genk. Januzaj, 19, has been chased by the Belgian Football Federation for months and opted against playing for his home nation on Kosovo in favor of the Belgian national team.

Along with goalkeeper Sammy Bossut, both their debuts were erased and they must now wait until Saturday when Belgium host Tunisia in Brussels to make their international debuts. Again.

What a wacky story.

Report: David Silva out 2-3 weeks with ligament damage

LOGRONO, SPAIN - OCTOBER 09:  David Silva of Spain is fouled by Lars Gerson of Luxembourg during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier group C match between Spain and Luxembourg at Estadio Municipal Las Gaunas on October 9, 2015 in Logrono, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Despite sitting at the top of the table in the Premier League, things are not going well for Manchester City.

Star striker and leading goalscorer Sergio Aguero suffered a torn hamstring while playing for Argentina, and now he is joined by David Silva on the injured list.

Silva lasted nine minutes in Spain’s EURO qualifying match against Luxembourg, forced off after taking a bad challenge from behind. Silva went down in pain and tried to play on, but asked for a substitution just minutes later.

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Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that Silva has suffered “lateral internal ligament damage in his right ankle,” and could face 2-3 weeks on the sidelines.

With Aguero set to miss at least a month, Silva’s injury could leave Manchester City without two of their top players in the coming weeks.

Silva has arguably been the best player in the Premier League this season, the quarterback of the City attack, which has scored a league-leading 19 goals through eight matches.

City travels to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby on October 25, which falls into that 2-3 week range for Silva’s recovery. In a match that could decide who sits top of the table, Manuel Pellegrini would be very shorthanded without Silva and Aguero.

Alejandro Bedoya to miss USMNT vs. Mexico

GLASGOW,  SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 15 :  Alejandro Bedoya of USA  in action during the International Friendly match between Scotland and USA at Hampden Park on November 15, 2013.  (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
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Alejandro Bedoya will not feature for the United States in the CONCACAF playoff against Mexico on Saturday, and has been replaced on the roster by Bobby Wood.

Bedoya traveled to Los Angeles from his club team Nantes in France, but Jurgen Klinsmann has announced he will be unable to play after falling ill.

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Without Bedoya, Union Berlin midfielder Bobby Wood has been added to the USMNT side. Wood scored the first two goals of his international career this summer in wins over the Netherlands and Germany, and has scored four goals in ten matches for Union Berlin this season. Wood has been training with the U.S. camp throughout the week for the upcoming friendly against Costa Rica.

Bedoya has played well for the USMNT, discounting his short performance against Brazil in September. In that match, Klinsmann played Bedoya out of position against a potent Brazil attack, and he was substituted before halftime. However, playing in his more natural role as a winger or attacking midfielder, many believed Bedoya could be in line for a start against Mexico.