Brace apiece for Lewandowski and Robben
Friday evening went very well for most of Bayern's current internationals as the men from Munich came away with two braces, four wins and a draw, although there was cause for concern from Spain where Thiago had to be substituted due to a first-half injury. fcbayern.de rounds up the matches featuring FCB players.
Costa turns provider for Brazil's equaliser
Douglas Costa played a crucial role in Brazil's 1-1 draw with Argentina in 2018 World Cup qualifying in Buenos Aires. The home team took the lead through Ezequiel Lavezzi (34) before Costa, on as a 57th-minute sub, immediately had a hand in the visitors' leveller: the Munich man headed against the bar with Lucas Lima acrobatically netting the 58th-minute equaliser from the rebound.
In a clash between confirmed Euro 2016 contenders, Poland and skipper Robert Lewandowski fell behind to Iceland in Warsaw when Gylfi Sigurdsson converted a fourth-minute penalty. Kamil Grosicki (52) and Bartosz Kapustka (66) turned the match on its head after the interval, but Alfred Finnbogason (69) levelled for the visitors shortly afterwards. Lewandowski now stepped up to the plate, scoring a quick-fire brace (76, 78) to seal Poland's win.
The Netherlands enjoyed their friendly trip to Wales, where Wolfsburg's Bas Dost (32) opened the scoring for the visitors captained by Arjen Robben. Joe Allen struck back for the Welsh in first-half stoppage time, but Robben restored his team's lead on 55 minutes. Emyr Huws replied for the home team 20 minutes from the end, but the Dutch skipper was on hand to complete his brace and round off the victory in the 81st minute.
Concern over Thiago
There was worrying news for Bayern from Alicante, where Spain took on England. FCB midfielder Thiago started the match but was forced out of the action after only 26 minutes with an apparent injury to his right knee. A final diagnosis has yet to be made. The reigning European champions won the game 2-0 thanks to Mario Gaspar (72) and Santi Cazorla (84).
Success for Kimmich and Germany U-21
Joshua Kimmich was in the starting line-up as the Germany U-21s posted an ultimately clear-cut 3-1 European championship qualifying victory over Azerbaijan. Timo Werner (37) of VfB Stuttgart and Wolfsburg's Maximilian Arnold (43) turned the game round following Magsad Isayev's 30th-minute opener for the Azerbaijanis. Werner added the third after 63 minutes, before Kimmich was substituted eight minutes from time. On Tuesday, the Germans will seek to extend their perfect record of four wins in four games when they face Austria, also on the maximum 12 points.