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Ribéry, Shaq on target

FCB internationals maintain unbeaten records

In Tuesday evening’s second round of World Cup qualifying, all Bayern’s non-German internationals maintained their unbeaten records so far, although a handful of the Munich men had to be satisfied with a point this time round. summarises the midweek action:

France 3-1 Belarus
Franck Ribéry was the man of the match at Stade de France, laying on goals for Etienne Capou (50) and Christophe Jallet (68), and scoring his country’s third ten minutes from time. Ribéry earned a standing ovation from the crowd when he was substituted in the last minute. Belarus, who fielded five players from Bayern’s Champions League opponents BATE Borisov, pulled one back through Anton Putsila after 72 minutes. France lead Group I on six points, although Spain on three points have a game in hand.

Hungary 1-4 Netherlands
There was worrying news for Bayern fans from Budapest as Arjen Robben was forced to withdraw from the game at the last minute due to a groin problem. Twenty-four year-old Jeremain Lens was promoted to the line-up, and turned in a man of the match performance with goals after three and 53 minutes, before laying on the fourth for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar a quarter of an hour from time. Bruno Martins Indi scored the other goal for the men in orange after 19 minutes, with Balazs Dzsudzsak having equalised from the spot for the home side on seven minutes. The Dutch lie second in Group D, level on points with leaders Romania.