Müller scores in Germany draw - Lewy, Choupo & Sarr seal World Cup places
It was a successful night for FC Bayern’s internationals. Germany played out a 1-1 draw in a friendly against Netherlands thanks to a Thomas Müller strike, while Robert Lewandowski, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Bouna Sarr all had reason to celebrate. fcbayern.com rounds up the results.
Müller scores in Germany draw
With Bayern quartet Manuel Neuer, Müller, Leroy Sané (subbed off 86th minute) and Jamal Musiala (subbed off 69th minute) in the starting line-up, the German national team claimed a draw against the Netherlands in their first away outing of 2022. Hansi Flick’s side put in a strong performance for the most part in Amsterdam and took the lead in first-half stoppage time through Müller. It was the 32-year-old’s 43rd international goal, drawing him level with Uwe Seeler in eighth place in Germany’s all-time top scorers list. The Dutch equaliser came from Steven Bergwijn in the 68th minute, and 1-1 was how it finished. Germany find out on Friday who they’ll be playing at the World Cup in the winter, with the draw commencing from 17:00 CEST in Doha.
Lewandowski fires Poland to World Cup
Congratulations, Lewy! The Bayern goal-getter qualified for the World Cup finals with Poland on Tuesday night thanks to a 2-0 win over Sweden in their decisive play-off clash in Chorzow. After a goalless first half, Lewandowski put his team on course for victory with a penalty in the 50th minute, before Piotr Zieliński sealed it with a second goal on 72 minutes.
Choupo-Moting on scoresheet as Cameroon go through
What a dramatic win for Choupo-Moting and Cameroon! After a 1-0 loss in the first leg in the final round of African qualifying, the Indomitable Lions managed to turn things around on Tuesday evening and qualify for the World Cup finals in the winter - although they left it until the very last second. Choupo-Moting, who was in the starting XI and played 63 minutes, fired in the important opening goal for Cameroon after 22 minutes. No more goals were scored during normal time, meaning the tie went into extra time. Ahmed Touba scored for Algeria in the 118th minute and it all looked as if Cameroon were heading out, when Karl Toko Ekambi struck in the fourth minute of added time to make it 2-1 on the night and send Choupo-Moting’s team to Qatar on away goals.
Penalty joy for Sarr and Senegal
It was no less dramatic for Bouna Sarr in Senegal’s qualifying play-off. The Senegalese went into the second leg against Egypt with a 1-0 deficit from the first match, but levelled up the score after just three minutes through Boulaye Dia of Bayern’s Champions League opponents Villarreal. With no further goals falling during regular or extra time, it went to a penalty shootout, where Senegal won 3-1 to book their place in Qatar.
Sabitzer and Austria draw against Scotland
Having missed out on World Cup qualification, the Austrian national team featuring Marcel Sabitzer played a friendly against Scotland on Tuesday evening. The Scots took a 2-0 lead through Jack Hendry (28’) and John McGinn (56’), but Austria - for whom Sabitzer played the full 90 minutes - didn’t accept defeat and earned a 2-2 draw thanks to late goals from Michael Gregoritsch (75’) and Alessandro Schöpf (82’).
Bayern duo not involved in France win
France enjoyed a comfortable 5-0 friendly win at home to South Africa. Lucas Hernández and Kingsley Coman were unused substitutes.
Tillman and Germany U21 take big step towards EURO
Malik Tillman started and played 68 minutes as the German under-21 team picked up an important victory in qualifying for next year’s European Championship. Antonio di Salvo’s side won 1-0 in Israel courtesy of Noah Katterbach’s 60th-minute goal. With 21 points after eight games now, Germany U21 have a five-point lead over second-placed Israel with two matchdays left.
Perfect qualifying record for Germany U17
The German under-17 side completed a perfect qualification campaign for the European Championship with a third win in three matches, qualifying for the finals in Israel in May as group winners. Marc-Patrick Meister’s charges celebrated a 5-2 success against Czech Republic on Tuesday evening. Paul Wanner, who played for the duration of the game, scored the goal that made it 4-1. Fellow FCB youngsters Tarek Buchmann (until 46th minute), Arijon Ibrahimović and Vincent Manuba (until 73rd minute) were also included in the starting line-up.
Nianzou and France U20 with draw and defeat
Tanguy Nianzou and the French under-20 team played two friendlies against Portugal during the international break. The 19-year-old Bayern defender captained his side in the first game and netted the opening goal before being replaced in the 55th minute. It finished 1-1. In the second encounter, Nianzou again started as France lost 3-1 to their Portuguese counterparts.
At the General Assembly of the European Club Association (ECA), important decisions were made for the future direction of European football: