[DD] International Results and Review

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Lukas Podolski hit a hat-trick as Germany won 6-0 in Greece in their final international friendly of 2013, in a match that featured Dortmund players Marco Reus, Ilkay Gündogan, Marcel Schmelzer, and Mats Hummels for Germany, and Kostas Katsouranis in the Greek side.

Hummels and Katsouranis both played the full match; the former in outstanding form, and the latter understandably frustrated with his performance as Germany scored three goals in each half, dominating with 62% possession. While everyone else played well during their time on the pitch, Gündogan chalked up an assist for Stefan Kießling who rounded-off the scoring late on.

Elsewhere, Neven Subotic played well for Serbia in their 2-2 draw at home to Argentina, Ivan Perisic came on as a late sub for Croatia as they qualified for the World Cup with a two-nil win over France, and Viktor Fischer played the final half-hour for Denmark as they slipped to a 0-1 friendly defeat to South Korea.

Jakub Blaszczykowski, on loan at Lille, was injured in the opening ten minutes of Poland’s 2-2 World Playoff Cup draw with Slovakia which saw the visitors qualify for Brazil. Blaszczykowski has some mild bruising on the elbow and may miss a fortnight of action.

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AFRICAN CUP OF NATIONS QUALIFIERS

Group A:       Senegal 2-1 Seychelles
          South Africa 2-1 Burundi

Group B:        Guinea 0-2 Tunisia
   Sao Tomé & Príncipe 0-2 Kenya

Group C: Guinea-Bissau 0-2 Nigeria
                Rwanda 3-0 Benin

Group D: C.African Rep 1-2 Zambia 
                 Ghana 3-0 Gabon

Group E:         Egypt 2-1 Malawi
            Mozambique 2-2 Chad

Group F:       Algeria 4-0 Zimbabwe
 Democratic Rep. Congo 5-0 Swaziland

Group G:    Cape Verde 2-1 Lesotho
                 Congo 0-1 Cameroon

Group H:      Botswana 2-2 Uganda
            Madagascar 0-3 Ivory Coast

Group I:         Libya 2-1 Burkina Faso
Group J:       Namibia 2-2 Equatorial Guinea
Group K:         Sudan 2-3 Sierra Leone
Group L:        Angola 2-0 Gambia
Group M:      Ethiopia 0-4 Togo

Selected International Friendly Results:

        Czech Republic 0-0 Brazil
                Greece 0-6 Germany
                 Italy 3-0 Ukraine
              Portugal 0-2 Rep. Ireland
                Serbia 2-2 Argentina
                 Spain 2-0 Slovenia
               Uruguay 3-1 Japan
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