The Friday action in the 2023 Asian Cup and 2023 Africa Cup of Nations showcased the participation of numerous Ligue 1 players. Here's an overview of the players from France's top flight representing their respective national teams.
In the Asian Cup, Japan's starting 11 in their 2-1 loss to Iraq included AS Monaco's Takumi Minamino and Stade de Reims' Junya Ito. Minamino completed the full 90 minutes, whereas Ito played for 74 minutes before being substituted. Keito Nakamura, another Japanese player from Reims, stayed on the bench throughout the match.
Switching over to AFCON, Toulouse FC defender Logan Costa played the entire 90 minutes in the 3-0 Cape Verde's win over Mozambique. The 22-year-old played a role in the Tubarões Azuis keeping the clean sheet.
Olympique de Marseille's Pape Gueye and Ismaïla Sarr, FC Metz's Lamine Camara, Monaco's Ismail Jakobs, and Krépin Diatta were all included in Senegal's starting lineup during their 3-1 victory against Cameroon. Marseille forward Iliman Ndiaye came off the bench for Senegal, playing eight minutes of action.
As for Cameroon, Montpellier's Enzo Tchato Mbiayi, Stade Rennais' Christopher Wooh, FC Nantes' Jean-Charles Castelletto, and Toulouse's Frank Magri were in the starting 11 for Cameroon.
Sarr scored the opening goal during the contest to help the reigning champions secure their second group stage win and advance to the AFCON Round of 16. Castelletto would register the lone goal for Les Lions Indomptables in the loss, and now Cameroon looks to secure a rebound victory against Gambia in the final group stage match.
A true playmaker, Ismaïla Sarr 🇸🇳🔝 pic.twitter.com/bHq6MIzLhF— Ligue 1 English (@Ligue1_ENG) January 19, 2024
In the final contest of the day, Stade de Reims' Ibrahim Diakité, Montpellier's Issiaga Sylla, Le Havre's Abdoulaye Touré and Mohamed Bayo, and RC Lens' Morgan Guilavogui were in the starting 11 for Guinea, who defeated Gambia 1-0 for a crucial win. As for Gambia, Metz's Ablie Jallow played the full 90 minutes in the loss.