Created on 16-10-2012 at 00:00 AM
Alongside the Germany contingent, seven other Bayern men were in 2014 World Cup qualifying action on Tuesday night. The FCB group will return to Munich on Wednesday with a very satisfactory haul: four of Jupp Heynckes’ players finished as winners, two secured valuable draws, and only one of them ended up on the losing side. fcbayern.de reviews an enthralling night of international action.
Spain 1-1 France
Two Bayern stars went head-to-head in Madrid in the clash between world and European champions Spain and visiting France. Javi Martínez and Franck Ribéry joined battle for the lead in Group I with their teams level on points before kick-off. Sergio Ramos fired the Iberians in front after 25 minutes, and the Spanish looked set to preserve their perfect qualifying record for a long spell, but the French fought their way back into the match and were rewarded in the fourth minute of stoppage time when Olivier Giroud equalised from Ribéry’s assist. The teams remain level in the standings on seven points apiece. Ribéry covered the full 90 minutes, but Martínez was an unused sub.
Belgium 2-0 Scotland
Courtesy of a routine 2-0 victory over Scotland, Daniel van Buyten and Belgium remain top of Group A. Christian Benteke (69) and Vincent Kompany (71) produced a double whammy midway through the second half to seal the Red Devils’ third win in four qualifiers. Van Buyten again spent the match on the bench.
Croatia 2-0 Wales
Croatia and Mario Mandzukic remain hot on the heels of the Belgians. The East Europeans beat Wales 2-0 on Tuesday evening in Osijek and are second in Group A on goal difference, with the top two both still unbeaten. Mandzukic handed the home side the lead after 27 minutes, before Eduardo added the second on 58 minutes.
Austria 4-0 Kazakhstan
Austria welcomed back David Alaba from his long injury lay-off and promptly chalked up a first win in three Group C matches. A 43,000 crowd in Vienna saw the men in red register a clear-cut 4-0 victory over outclassed Kazakhstan, Marc Janko scoring from Alaba assists on 24 and 63 minutes, before the excellent Bayern youngster himself made it 3-0 on 71 minutes. David came off to warm applause nine minutes from time, with Martin Harnik (90+3) rounding off the scoring right at the end.
Ukraine 0-1 Montenegro
Three matches into the campaign, Anatoliy Tymoshchuk and Ukraine remain without a win in Group H after falling 1-0 at home to Montenegro. Tymo and Co lie fourth in the standings with just two points. Dejan Damjanovic (45) scored the winner on the stroke of half-time in Kyiv, cementing Montenegro’s second place in the standings behind England. Captain Tymoshchuk played the full game.
Iceland 2-0 Switzerland
Xherdan Shaqiri and Switzerland retained top spot in Group E with a 2-0 victory over Iceland in Reykjavik. Former Bayern coach Ottmar Hitzfeld’s team have ten points from four matches and top the table from Norway on seven points. The first half was goalless, but Bundesliga players Tranquilo Barnetta (66) and Mario Gavranovic (79) wrapped up the points after half time. Shaqiri was substituted after 80 minutes.