11 players, 4 matches, 4 goals, 3 wins – that’s the record of Bayern’s international representatives after the first part of the (for most) two international fixtures.
Euro 2012 Qualification Group A: Austria v Belgium 0-2
The first match featuring a FCB player was played in Vienna. Daniel van Buyten’s Belgium won 2-0 and kept its last hopes of qualification alive. Axel Witsel scored both goals against the until then undefeated Austrians. Van Buyten and David Alaba both started for their national teams, the latter was subbed off for Yasin Pehlivan in the 54th minute.
Goals: 0-1 Witsel (6′), 0-2 Witsel (50′)
Dragovic – Pogatetz – Baumgartlinger – Fuchs
Dag – Junuzovic – Alaba
Harnik – Janko – Arnautovic
Dembele – Witsel – Chadli
Defour – Simons
Vertonghen – Kompany – van Buyten – Ciman
Euro 2012 Qualification Group A: Germany v Kazakhstan 4-0
As expected, an easy win for Germany and the seven (!) Bayern players. Miroslav Klose and Thomas Müller both scored twice, all seven made an appearance (Mario Gomez and Toni Kroos as substitutes). For a recap, CLICK HERE.
Goals: 1-0 Klose (3′), 2-0 Müller (25′), 3-0 Müller (43′), 4-0 Klose (88′)
Lahm – Mertesacker – Badstuber – Aogo
Khedira – Schweinsteiger
Müller – Özil – Podolski
Konysbaev – Geteriev – Nurdauletov – Nurgaliyev
Irismetov – Abdulin – Chernyshov – Chichulin
Euro 2012 Qualification Group D: Luxembourg v France 0-2
A solid but not pretty win for France in Franck Ribery’s (and Patrice Evra’s) first match since the World Cup mutiny. Philippe Mexes and Yoann Gourcuff scored the goals, Ribery played the entire match (Laurent Blanc didn’t substitute a single player) and was involved in assisting the second goal. Besides that, he was just like the team: nothing spectacular. For a more detailed recap, CLICK HERE.
Goals: 0-1 Mexes (28′), 0-2 Gourcuff (72′)
Schnell – Blaise – Hoffmann – Mutsch
Laterza – Payal – Gerson – Bettmer – Leweck
Malouda – Nasri – Ribery
Gourcuff – M’Vila
Evra – Mexes – Rami – Sagna
Euro 2012 Qualification Group F: Georgia v Croatia 1-0
A last-minute loss for Danijel Pranjic’s [and usually Ivica Olic’s] Croatia in Tbilisi made the already close group F even more exciting as Greece (11 points), Croatia (10), Georgia (9) and Israel (7) are all still fighting for qualification. Pranjic replaced Mladed Petric with only 6 minutes left to play but was on the field when Levan Kobiashvili (former Freiburg, Schalke, now Hertha BSC) scored the only goal of the evening.
Goals: 1-0 Kobiashvili (90′)
Salukvadze – Khubutia – Kaladze – Amisulashvili
Kankava – Khizanishvili
Daushvili – Iashvili – Kobiashvili
Petric – Modric – Rakitic – Kranjcar
Strinic – Lovren – Corluka – Srna
But that’s not all. On Tuesday, Germany will play a friendly against Australia (where I expect Kroos and Gomez to start), Franck Ribery will meet Danijel Pranjic for a friendly between France and Croatia and Anatoliy Tymoshchuk’s Ukraine expects Italy for a friendly match. Furthermore, the Bayern-dominated qualification group A features two matches: Belgium (with Daniel van Buyten) v Azerbaijan and Turkey (with Hamit Altintop and Mehmet Ekici) v Austria (with David Alaba).
So if you don’t know what to do on Tuesday, there’s plenty to choose from.