France beat Austria, Croatia go top

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The first lot of FC Bayern players got started in the current international break with their countries on Thursday evening. Marcel Sabitzer started for Austria in a 2-0 defeat to France, for whom his teammates Dayot Upamecano and Benjamin Pavard did not feature. Matthijs de Ligt (Netherlands 2-0 Poland) and Josip Stanišić (Croatia 2-1 Denmark) were also unused substitutes. Striker Mathys Tel led the French U19 side as captain but could not prevent a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Portugal. It went better for the German U18 team, who beat Czech Republic 4-0 with Paul Wanner coming on after 60 minutes and Arijon Ibrahimović from Bayern U19 netting the fourth goal.

Nations League A1: France stop negative run

In League A, Group 1 of the UEFA Nations League, holders France ended their run of four games without a win by beating Austria 2-0 thanks to goals from Kylian Mbappé and Olivier Giroud. Bayern midfielder Sabitzer came off for the visitors in the 69th minute. The defeat leaves the Austrians in the relegation place. Croatia are the new leaders of the group after a 2-1 victory over Denmark. Borna Sosa and Lovro Majer were on target for the Croatians, either side of Christian Eriksen’s equaliser.

Nations League A4: De Ligt’s Netherlands stay top

After a 2-0 win in Poland, the Netherlands boast an impressive record of 13 points from five games. Cody Gakpo and Steven Bergwijn were the scorers for Louis van Gaal‘s men, with Bayern centre-back de Ligt watching from the bench. On the final matchday of the group phase, the Dutch battle it out with Belgium for top spot in the group and a place in the semi-finals of the Nations League.

Youth teams: France and Germany in action

Tel and the French U19 team lost 2-0 to Portugal in a friendly. The Bayern striker captained the side but wasn’t able to get on the scoresheet as an own goal from Johaneko Louis-Jean and Goncalo Esteves sealed the result. The German U18s enjoyed a better outcome in the Four Nations Tournament in Czech Republic, beating the hosts 4-0. Paul Wanner came on in the 60th minute, while Leander Popp, Nelson Weiper, Tom Bischof and FCB U19 talent Arijon Ibrahimović scored the goals.

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