Berlin – It was the perfect setting for Marvin Plattenhardt to make his sixth international cap; he was at home in the Olympiastadion, in front of a sell-out crowd, in the starting XI, against Brazil and with the chance to break the record of most games undefeated with Germany. The only thing that was missing was the victory. Plattenhardt, whose family and friends came to the stadium to watch the game, along with the rest of his teammates suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Brazil. “It was not our day. We made a lot of small, silly mistakes, which made it easy for Brazil. We never got going in the game,” surmised Die Mannschaft coach Joachim Löw. “After the defeat, disappointment is the overriding feeling even though it was a decent performance. Unfortunately we didn’t play how we set out to,” said Plattenhardt.
Victory for Lazaro, a draw for Leckie
Valentino Lazaro will come back from the international break with an extra spring in his step after his performance in Austria’s 4-0 win over Luxemburg. “The win was completely deserved and so too was the score-line. All in all it was a good performance and the team played very well,” said Austria coach Franco Foda, pleased with both of his team’s after their 3-0 win last Friday against Slovenia. Mathew Leckie and his Australia teammates bounced back well after their 4-1 defeat to Norway (with Rune Jarstein in the side) to earn a goalless draw against Columbia. Leckie played virtually the whole game coming off in the 88th minute, “We haven’t trained together for too long, so I have to take my hat off to the team. Everyone can see the direction we’re heading in and the players know that it is working,” said Bert can Marwijk after his second game in charge of the ‘Socceroos’.
U21s goalless, U19 miss out on Euros
It was to be a competitive match for Jordan Torunarigha, in what was his debut for the Germany U21s. Coach Stefan Kuntz and his side had to settle for a 0-0 draw against Kosovo. “Defensively we were good again, we didn’t let anything through but against a side that sits so deep you need precision and concentration in your passing. When you don’t have that you have to be happy with a 0-0,” said Kuntz after the game. The youth team therefore progress to the finals of the 2019 European Championships having won six out of their seven qualification matches, finishing top of their group. Maximilian Mittelstädt and Sidney Friede topped of this international break with another victory. Frank Kramer and his boys beat Poland in Gütersloh 3-0. The goals came from Hoffenheim’s Robin Hack (22.), an own goal and Freiburg’s Patrick Kammerbauer (78.). “At the beginning of the second half there was a clear difference, we created a lot of chances and didn’t let anything through,” said Kramer. This season the U20s have won five and drawn twice.
Germany U19s narrowly miss out on the Euro finals even after beating the Netherlands 4-1. Arne Maier and Florian Baak were both in the starting XI representing Hertha but even with such a margin of victory was not enough for the U19s to qualify for the championships finals because Norway managed to beat Scotland 5-4 after scoring in injury time, meaning that they go through instead of Germany. “It is a really hard blow to take,” explained Coach Meikel Schönweitz after the game. “The boys gave their best performance today and beat the Netherlands in a really convincing way but unfortunately we were just a couple of minutes from qualifying from the finals. It is extremely frustrating and a really bitter bit of news.”