Matheus Cunha put in an outstanding performance for Brazil U23s on Saturday afternoon (14/11/20), contributing to two goals in a win over South Korea. Hertha’s number ten scored to level the match at 1-1 shortly before half-time (42’), before providing an assist for Borussia Dortmund’s Reinier in the second half (73’). The attacker was taken off three minutes before the end by manager André Jardine. Another friendly match awaits the Seleção Olympic team when they face Egypt on Tuesday (17/11/20, 20:45 CET). Also celebrating success was the Germany national team, although Niklas Stark did not feature from the bench in their 3-1 win against Ukraine in Leipzig. A showdown with Spain, who Joachim Löw’s men overhauled at the top of the group in the last round of fixtures, is set for Tuesday evening (17/11/20, 20:45 CET). Germany will be the visitors to Sevilla.
Slovakia win battle between European Championship latecomers
Javairô Dilrosun and Deyovaisio Zeefuik kicked off the Hertha action on Sunday (15/11/20) playing for Netherlands U21s. With a dominant 5-0 win over Belarus, the ‘Jong Oranje’ maintained their perfect record in European Championship qualifying with nine wins in nine attempts. Dolrosun played the entire match while Zeefuik entered the pitch for the final half an hour. The blue and white duo will face Portugal on Wednesday evening (18/11/ 20, 20:30 CET), where they will have the opportunity to complete the perfect qualifying run in the tenth and final game.
Also putting together a good run are Peter Pekarík and the Slovakia national team. They faced Scotland in a clash between two nations who booked their spots at next year’s Euros in Thursday’s playoffs. The ‘Repre’ triumphed 1-0 with Hertha’s right-back completing the full 90 minutes. The three points were not enough to move Slovakia out of fourth place in the group, however. In contrast, it is the Czech Republic who have the chance to win the group; they saw off Israel, winning 1-0 with our number six Vladimír Darida providing the all-important winning goal. Germany’s neighbours currently occupy second place in the group behind Scotland, and will hope to come out on top against Pekarík’s Slovakia on Wednesday (18/11/20, 20:45 CET). Another three points would see them top the group should the Scots fail to win in Israel.
Already top of their group is Belgium, who gained revenge this weekend for their 2-1 loss at Wembley in October. The ‘Red Devils’ beat England 2-0 in League A, Group 2, although Dedryck Boyata was not in the squad and Dodi Lukébakio remained on the bench throughout. The third-placed side at the 2018 World Cup need only a draw against Denmark on Wednesday (18/11/20, 20:45 CET) to top the group and progress to the final four. Meanwhile, the League A, Group 1 leaders Poland visited Italy. Krzysztof Piątek watched from the sidelines as his teammates fell to a 2-0 defeat and ceded top spot to the Italians. The next opportunity for the striker to feature comes on Wednesday (18/11/20, 20:45 CET) in a meeting with the Netherlands. Piątek‘s Poles desperately need the points after Italy and the ‘Oranje’ both leapfrogged them on matchday five. It’s also been an international break to forget for Rune Jarstein. After Norway's friendly against Israel was called off due to the coronavirus, Sunday’s Nations League meeting with Romania was also cancelled.
On Monday evening (16/11/20, 21:00 CET), Mattéo Guendouzi will be in action for France U21s who, having already sealed qualification for the U21 Euros, take on Switzerland looking to put the icing on the cake by topping their group. Hertha’s 19-year-old goalkeeper Marcel Lotka will hope to earn an U21 debut for Poland on Tuesday (17/11/20, 17:30 CET) when his side faces Latvia in European Championship qualifying.