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Five out of five

Qualifying wins all round for Munich stars

Bayern’s large international contingent all made winning starts to 2014 World Cup qualifying on Friday night. Germany comfortably overcame minnows the Faeroe Islands in Hanover, and all the other FCB men in qualifying action also took the three points on offer. reviews the matches involving the Munich players – and although there were points aplenty, none of the Bayern stars managed to score.

In Group A, not one but two of Jupp Heynckes’ men ended up on the winning side. Daniel van Buyten and Belgium defeated Wales 2-0 in Cardiff, Vincent Kompany handing the ten-man Red Devils the lead four minutes before the break, with Jan Vertonghen wrapping up the win seven minutes from time. Van Buyten spent the entire match on the bench.

It was a different story for 90-minute man Mario Mandzukic, whose Croatia side ran up a narrow 1-0 victory over Macedonia in Zagreb. The first half ended goalless, but Nikica Jelavic scored the only goal of the game after 69 minutes. Belgium and Croatia now go head-to-head in Brussels on Tuesday.

The Netherlands and Arjen Robben made a winning start to their Group D campaign with a 2-0 success against Turkey. Robin van Persie opened the scoring in Amsterdam after 16 minutes, before Luciano Narsingh finally put the result beyond doubt in the second minute of stoppage time. Robben started for Louis van Gaal’s team and played through to the end.

Summer signing Xherdan Shaqiri and Switzerland also emerged victorious from their first fixture. Granit Xhaka (20) and Gökhan Inler (51) scored to seal a valuable 2-0 victory away to Slovenia in Group E. With the points in the bag, Shaqiri was substituted after 75 minutes.

There was also an away win for France and FCB winger Franck Ribéry. In the opening Group I encounter, Les Bleus travelled to Helsinki and beat Finland by the only goal of the game, scored on 20 minutes by Abou Diaby. Ribéry was replaced just before the final whistle.