While Switzerland continued their unbeaten European Championship qualifying run, Jordan Beyer made a first appearance for the Germany U21 national team on Thursday night.
Switzerland are still on course in group D of Euros qualifying and, with the help of Borussia quartet Yann Sommer, Nico Elvedi, Denis Zakaria and Breel Embolo, remain unbeaten after three matches in the competition. In yesterday's extremely tricky away game against group leaders Ireland, Switzerland were held to a 1-1 draw with all four Gladbach players in the starting XI. Zakaria and Embolo combined beautifully in the build up to Fabian Schär’s opening goal (74’), which was a finish worth seeing, but Ireland equalised through David McGoldrick shortly before full time (85’). The result means that neither team was able to take control of the group and the battle for qualification remains exciting. Denmark are also unbeaten in the group so Switzerland’s two matches against them and the return fixture against Ireland in October will be crucial. However, their next challenge is to beat the microstate of Gibraltar at home on Sunday (18:00 CEST).
Beyer celebrates U21s debut
Jordan Beyer made his debut for Germany’s U21s in yesterday’s 2-0 friendly win against Greece. Head coach Stefan Kuntz arranged the friendly as a way to prepare his newly-formed team for their Euros qualifying match in Wales (Tuesday, 20:00 CEST) and made a number of substitutions at the break. Beyer came on at the start of the second half with the score at 1-0 after Lukas Nmecha’s opener (25’). Greece played with ten men for just over a half of the match after receiving a red card. Niklas Dorsch put the game to bed for Germany in the second half (58’). “It wasn’t ideal that we had to play against ten men. It changed the dynamic of the game. But we still managed to do some things well,” said Kuntz.
Four Foals in action today
Four Borussia boys are playing for their national sides this evening. Matze Ginter (Germany), Stefan Lainer (Austria) and László Bénes (Slovakia) are all fighting for important points in European Championship qualification. Meanwhile, Andreas Poulsen is playing in a friendly match for Denmark’s U21s against Hungary.