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Germany loses friendly against France

FC Bayern players were pretty busy over the weeked during their international break. Melanie Behringer and Melanie Leupolz (both with Germany) for starters had a tough test against France while the likes of Raffaela Manieri and Vivianne Miedema still had World Cup qualifying on the line.

Behringer started for Germany against France (Leupolz only on the bench) and actually had the upper hand early on in the match. After a good scoring chance through Celia Sasic early on, France took control of the game and never let go. The first goal came from a Bianca Schmidt own goal (16.) and the second thanks to a nice team goal finished off by Thomis (20.). Germany coach Silvia Neid made several changes at half-time including bringing on Leupolz to play next to her teammate Behringer in central midfield but none helped get her side back into the game. A deserved win for France in the end before their next match against Sweden on Wednesday.

Italy and the Netherlands victorious

While Bayern's German contingent had a disappointing result, their Dutch and Italian counterparts enjoyed significantly better experiences. Italy and Manieri picked up a huge win in their first leg playoff against the Ukraine, winning 2:1. Miedema and the Netherlands, meanwhile, also came away with a 2:1 win in Scotland, the Bayern forward playing a big role in the win. The Netherlands will play the second leg on Thursday and Italy on Wednesday. The winner of each will play for the final spot at the World Cup next month. 

Finally, Mana Iwabuchi and Japan also contested a match over the weekend. Japan traveled to Canada to play in one of two test matches with the World Cup hosts. Iwabuchi's side were in good form and had an impressive 3:0 win. They will play the second game on Tuesday in Vancouver.