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Undefeated internationals

Two wins and four draws for Bayern men

A mere 31 days after the 2010 World Cup final, a new chapter opened for the world’s national teams in midweek, with the final round of friendlies for European nations prior to the start of EURO 2012 qualifying. A number of national coaches declined to call up their World Cup stars, to the delight of Louis van Gaal and his counterparts. On the eve of the new domestic season, Bayern only sent seven men to their national teams, and all will return to Munich in the course of Thursday undefeated.

Mario Gomez, Toni Kroos and the rest of an experimental Germany line-up drew 2-2 away to Denmark in Copenhagen, although the three-time European champions tossed away a winning position at the end. Gomez (19) and Patrick Helmes (73) put the Germans in the driving seat, but Dennis Rommedahl (74) and Mads Junker (87) sealed a draw for the home team.

“We can’t be failing to win after going 2-0 up,” fumed Gomez, “although this team will never play together again, so you have to say it was OK.” The 25-year-old now has 13 goals in 39 senior appearances. “After a long barren spell for the national team, he’s been handed a start, taken his chance, and scored a goal,” commented coach Joachim Löw, who also felt Kroos made a good contribution. Both FCB men completed the 90 minutes.

Tymoshchuk in Holland

That applied equally to Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, whose Ukraine side also finished with a draw away to the Netherlands. Jeremain Lens (72) put the men in orange a goal up, but Alexander Alijev levelled two minutes later. It was the first time Ukraine have failed to win since Myron Markevich took over as coach last February.