Germany miss out on semi-final - Pavard and Coman score in France win
At the start of the week, FC Bayern players were again in action for their national teams. fcbayern.com summarises the internationals involving FCB players:
Germany miss out on semi-final
Germany forfeited top spot in Group A4 to direct rivals Spain on Tuesday night and thereby miss out on the semi-finals in the UEFA Nations League. Germany coach Jogi Löw included five players from the treble winners in Seville in Manuel Neuer, Serge Gnabry, Leon Goretzka, Leroy Sané and Niklas Süle but the Bayern quintet were unable to prevent La Roja inflicting a decisive 6-0 defeat on Germany.
Álvaro Morata (17’), Ferran Torres (33’) and Rodrigo (38’) scored for Spain in the first half and, after the half-time break, Torres (55’/72’) completed his hat-trick before Mikel Oyarzabal netted the final goal in the 6-0 win. The best chance for Germany fell to Gnabry with a powerful shot against the bar on 77 minutes.
France with win in final group match
Thanks to the goals from Benjamin Pavard and Kingsley Coman the Équipe Tricolore, already qualified for the final four in the Nations League, secured a 4-2 win against Sweden in the final group match. At the Stade de France, Pavard and his FCB teammate Lucas Hernández were the full backs for the reigning World Cup winners and they showed their ability to get forward: After goals from Viktor Claesson (4’) and Olivier Giroud (16’), Pavard (36’) scored with an impressive volley to secure a half-time lead for France.
In the second half, striker Giroud (59’) netted his second goal for Didier Dechamps’ team. Robin Quaison (88’) pulled a goal back for Sweden before substitute Kingsley Coman (90+4’) restored the previous advantage: With the visitors risking everything in attack, the FCB winger was able to slot the ball into an empty net to settle the result.
Richards debut for USA
Debut for talented youngster Chris Richards. In the 6-2 friendly win for the USA against Panama in Vienna, the FC Bayern player made his debut for the USA on Monday. The 20-year-old central defender replaced Matt Miazga on 80 minutes. The goals for the hosts of the 1994 World Cup were scored by Giovanni Reyna (18’), Nicholas Gioacchini (22’/26’), Sebastian Lletget (87’) and Sebastian Soto (83’/90+1’).
President Herbert Hainer congratulated Manuel Neuer for becoming the most capped goalkeeper with his 96th international for Germany: