Bulgaria vs. Denmark
William Kvist was in action for the full ninety minutes of Denmark’s 1-1 draw with Bulgaria. The hosts made the better start and took the lead after just seven minutes through Dimitar Rangelov but the Bulgarian’s then put themselves into difficulties when Ivan Bandalovski was shown the red card in the 26th minute. In the 40th minute, Denmark hit back with an equaliser but the single points leaves the Danes just second from bottom in their group.
Guyana vs. Mexico
Mexican national team captain Maza was in action for his country in Guyana, where ‘El Tri’ eventually ran out 5-0 winners. The Latin American side’s goals were scored by Andres Guardado, Oribe Peralta, Charles Pollard (own-goal), Javier Hernandez and Angel Reyna. With five games played, the Mexicans lead their group on 15 points.
Estonia vs. Hungary
Tamas Hajnal was to prove the match winner in the World Cup qualifier, snatching the only goal of the game for Hungary in the 47th minute. With six points from three games, the Hungarians are currently in third place in the group behind Holland and Romania (both on nine points).
Kazakhstan vs. Austria
The Austrian national team could only manage a 0-0 draw away to Kazakhstan on Friday evening. Martin Harnik was involved for 86 minutes, but neither he nor his colleagues could find a way past the Kazakhstan defence. Austria are currently fourth in the group with one point from two games.
Greece vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina
There was stalemate in the World Cup qualifier between Greece and Bosnia-Herzegovina, for who VfB striker Vedad Ibisevic was in action for the duration. The Bosnians remain top of Group G with a superior goal-difference over Slovakia and Greece, who are level on points with Ibisevic & Co.
Turkey vs. Romania
The Turkish national team suffered a bitter 0-1 home defeat at the hands of Romania. Gheorghe Grozav secured the only goal of the game for the East Europeans in the 45th minute. Tunay Torun watched the entire game from the Turkish bench.
France vs. Japan
Joining up with the Japanese squad after a late call-up Gotoku Sakai saw his side earn a 1-0 win in the friendly against ‘Le Blues’. The only goal of the game was scored by Yasuyuki Konno in the 88th minute.
Under 21 – Austria vs. Congo
Raphael Holzhauser and Kevin Stöger were in the Austrian side for their friendly international against Congo. In the end, the Europeans notched up a 5-1 win. The goals were scored by Marcel Ritzmeier (2), Lukas Spendlhofer and Michael Gregoritsch (2), with Dieumerci Ndongala finding the net for Congo.
Under 20 Germany vs. Italy
Antonio Rüdiger was in action with the German Under 20 national team on Wednesday evening and ended as 4-1 (1-0) winners over their Italian counterparts. The VfB defender played the complete ninety minutes and saw his team score four goals through Leonardo Bittencourt (2’), Shkodran Mustafi (49’), Shawn Parker (79’) and an own-goal by Italy’s Stefano Sabelli (82’). The visitors goal was scored by Giacomo Beretta (66’).
Under 20 USA vs. Canada
The Under 20 national team from USA are currently on location in Marbella, Spain. The American squad includes VfB reserve Jerome Kieswetter. The first of three friendly games in the Marbella Cup ended in a 1-2 defeat. Kieswetter was involved for the first 45 minutes. Samuel Piette scored Canada’s opener (33’) but Mario Rodriguez levelled for the US (75’). Five minutes later, Caleb Clark bagged a winner for the Canadians.
Under 19: Germany vs. Macedonia
The German Under 19 national team achieved an impressive win over Macedonia in their European Championship qualifier. VfB representatives Odisseas Vlachodimos and Robin Yalcin were both involved over the full 90 minutes of Germany’s 5-0 (1-0) win.
Under 19: Serbia vs. Turkey
At the UEFA mini-tournament in Lithuania, the Serbian Under 19 national team, including Milos Degnek, beat Turkey 6-3.
Senegal vs. Ivory Coast
There were some ugly scenes in Dakar during the African Cup of Nations qualifier between Senegal and Ivory Coast, including Arthur Boka. The VfB defender didn’t make the starting eleven but got to celebrate a Didier Drogba brace (52’ and 72’) before crowd trouble caused the game to be abandoned in the 77th minute with the Ivory Coast leading by 2-0.
Under 20: USA vs. Scotland
At the youth team competition in Marbella, the USA’s Under 20 national team beat their Scottish counterparts 2-0 (2-0). Both goals were scored by Jose Villarreal (22’ and 31’). VfB reserve team player Jerome Kieswetter was introduced as a 73rd minute substitute – playing just one game at the Marbella tournament.
Under 19: Germany vs. Wales
Just two days after their clear European Championship win over Macedonia, the German Under 19’s played their next qualifier against Luxembourg. During the 5-0 (3-0) win, both Odisseas Vlachodimos and Robin Yalcin were involved for the full distance.
Under 19: Serbia vs. Lithuania
In their second friendly in three days, the Serbian national team, including Milos Degenek, were against successful. The Serbians beat Lithuania 1-0.