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Just three days after the Premier League's craziest day, a host of Sunday's stars were involved in international duty on Wednesday night - and success was very much varied. 

In a cluster of friendlies across Europe, a total of 33 players from the English top-flight were involved for their countries, with world champions France the shining light in a thrashing of Ukraine in Paris. 

But with 15 Premier League players involved in Portugal's contest against Spain, Virgil Van Dijk captaining Holland versus Mexico and a Chelsea outcast starting for Germany, there were opportunities for some which are not available for their clubs as the international break got underway.  

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo started for the hosts but could not score against Spain

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo started for the hosts but could not score against Spain

Wolves' Rui Patricio, in goal for Portugal, was excellent in the goalless draw in Lisbon

Wolves' Rui Patricio, in goal for Portugal, was excellent in the goalless draw in Lisbon

KEPA AND PATRICIO STAR IN PORTUGAL-SPAIN STALEMATE  

Ousted as Chelsea No 1 by the signing of Edouard Mendy, his confidence shredded following a spate of mistakes, Spain goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga was handed a lifeline by his national team manager on Wednesday. 

The out-of-form 26-year-old started against Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal in Lisbon and despite the hosts flirting with the crossbar on two occasions, a first clean sheet since July 14 does Kepa's chances of a club recall no harm at all. 

In fact, in a star-studded contest which involved a grand total of 15 Premier League players, it was the keepers who stole the show, with Kepa's opposite number Rui Patricio of Wolves pulling off a string of fine saves in an entertaining goalless stalemate. 

For Kepa though, after a nightmare few months in-between the sticks, the faith showed in him by Luis Enrique will be of extreme comfort. 

Mind you, he rode his luck. Though the Chelsea keeper looked assured under the high ball and dominated his penalty area astutely, he was soundly beaten twice only for his crossbar to save him. 

Kepa Arrizabalaga kept an impressive clean sheet for Spain against Portugal on Wednesday

Kepa Arrizabalaga kept an impressive clean sheet for Spain against Portugal on Wednesday

Joao Felix somehow missed with the goal at his mercy in the last minute of the contest

Joao Felix somehow missed with the goal at his mercy in the last minute of the contest

Wolves winger Adama Traore came on to make his debut for Spain in the closing stages

Wolves winger Adama Traore came on to make his debut for Spain in the closing stages

PREMIER LEAGUE PLAYERS INVOLVED IN INTERNATIONALS 

Portugal 0-0 Spain

Rui Patricio, Joao Cancelo, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho, Bernardo Silva, Diogo Jota, Nelson Semedo, Ruben Dias, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Eric Garcia, Diego Llorente, Sergio Reguilon, Dani Ceballos, Rodrigo, Adama Traore

France 7-1 Ukraine

Lucas Digne, Olivier Giroud, Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba

Netherlands 0-1 Mexico  

Virgil Van Dijk, Gini Wijnaldum, Donny van de Beek, Raul Jimenez 

Germany 3-3 Turkey 

Bernd Leno, Antonio Rudiger, Kai Havertz  

Switzerland 1-2 Croatia 

Granit Xhaka, Mateo Kovacic 

6-0 Moldova 

Poland 5-1 Finland

Kamil Grosicki  

Denmark 4-0 Faroe Islands

Kasper Schmeichel  Jannik Vestergaard Andreas Christensen 

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First, it was Ronaldo with a piercing left-footed drive which cannoned off the underside of the crossbar, before Renato Sanches had Kepa beaten all ends up only for the woodwork to save the Spain keeper again. 

He had his moments though, as he reacted quickly to quell an opportunity for Joao Felix late on. Then again, the Atletico Madrid striker should have bagged a last-minute winner, but he somehow missed the ball from a yard out, goal gaping. 

Sometimes, that's all you need to kickstart some much-needed momentum - a stroke of good fortune. Kepa will certainly hope Wednesday marks a turning point. 

Whether he starts in the Nations League clash against Switzerland on Saturday though, with David de Gea waiting in the wings, remains to be seen. 

Elsewhere amongst the outfield stars on show at the Jose Alvalade stadium, four of Spain's back-five play on English shores, with Man City's Eric Garcia, Leeds' Diego Llorente and Tottenham's Sergio Reguilon all contributing towards the visiting clean sheet.

Further ahead, Arsenal's Dani Ceballos was secure in midfield, Leeds forward Rodrigo saw a fine first-half effort smartly saved by Patricio and Adama Traore - who has been toying about who to represent at international level with Mali interested - made an exciting debut for Spain in the closing stages. 

On the Portuguese side, there was no

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