Lainer triumphs with Austria in Northern Ireland
On matchday 3 of the UEFA Nations League, Borussia defender Stefan Lainer and the Austria national team won 1-0 in Northern Ireland. Tomorrow evening’s clash between Germany and Switzerland will see five Gladbach players go head-to-head, while Ramy Bensebaini is in action for Algeria in the Netherlands.
On matchday 3 of the UEFA Nations League, Borussia defender Stefan Lainer (Photo: imago images / Eibner Europa) and the Austria national team secured their second win of the Nations League campaign. Austria beat Northern Ireland 1-0 in Belfast, with Michael Gregoritsch scoring the winner in the 42nd minute. Stefan Lainer played the full 90 minutes. At the midway point of the group phase, Austria are level on points with Norway at the top of League B, Group 1. Their next match will take place on Wednesday (20:45 CEST) against third-placed Romania, who lost 4-0 to Norway on Sunday.
GERMANY vs. SWITZERLAND
The next round of Nations League fixtures includes a League A, Group 4 tie between Germany and Switzerland. Available for selection for Germany are Matthias Ginter, Florian Neuhaus and Jonas Hofmann, while Yann Sommer and Nico Elvedi could feature for the guests. The match is of huge importance to both sides; Germany have five points, meaning that they currently lie two behind leaders Spain and need a victory to stay in touch at the top. Switzerland, meanwhile, are bottom of the group with just a solitary point, so a win here is their last chance to stay in contention. The last fixture between the two ended with a 1-1 draw in Basel.
Ramy Bensebaini’s Algeria team will face the Netherlands in The Hague on Tuesday evening (21:00 CEST). It is the second friendly match in five days for the Algeria national team, after they beat Nigeria 1-0 last Friday. Bensebaini scored the only goal of the game for the North Africans.