Lew Hungary For Goals; Brazil Beaten at BVB

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lewandowskiRobert Lewandowski moved to seventh in the all-time goalscoring charts for Poland with his second-half strike in their 4-1 win in Hungary notching-up his twenty-fourth goal for his country (in 63 appearances).

Also on target last night was Ivan Perisic who hit the third goal in Croatia’s comfortable 5-1 demolition of Qatar in Varazdin earlier this evening. Fifteen other players represented Dortmund tonight, including six for Germany.

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Lars Bender was in superb form for Germany as they beat World Champions Brazil 2-0 in Dortmund, with goals either side of the break from set-pieces. Mats Hummels, Mario Götze, Marcel Schmelzer, and André Schürrle also started, with Schürrle providing the assist for the crucial second goal.

Holger Badstuber had a header hit the underside of the bar from a corner barely a minute before Bastian Schweinsteiger poked home from close range from a Toni Kroos dead-ball delivery into the box. Germany doubled the lead on the hour mark when André Schürrle had a shot blocked on the line, with Badstuber tapping home the rebound.

Sven Bender came off the bench for the last quarter of an hour, while brother Lars and Mats Hummels both came off in the latter stages after minor knocks. Ilkay Gündogan was also introduced from the bench for his tenth cap on his return to Dortmund following his record transfer to Manchester United last month.

Opening goalscorer Schweinsteiger was unfortunately carried off early in the second-half after he pulled up in agony after stretching to keep a ball in play. Initial scans reveal that the Bayern Munich vice-captain has torn a groin muscle and faces six weeks out.

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Towering centre-back Neven Subotic played very well for Serbia in their 2-0 win over Argentina, while Austrian goalkeeper Heinz Lindner kept a clean sheet against Stevan Jovetic which the visitors winning 3-0 in Montenegro.

Viktor Fischer set-up Nicklas Bendtner’s opening goal for Denmark as they won 4-1 in Belarus, but was stretchered off ten minutes after the interval. Danish medical staff report that the player will be fit to play Germany on Tuesday.

Dennis Praet put in a good performance for Belgium U21 who went down to a late French winner in their UEFA Qualifying match in Le Havre which wins the group for France after a seven straight wins. Sixteen year-old Ibro Beslija was on the scoresheet for Bosnia U21, putting them two-nil up in Hungary in an eventual 3-2 win.

Emiliano Mancinelli came on late for Italy U21 in their 1-1 draw with Israel, while two players out on loan also played tonight. Leo Bittencourt (at Ajax) put Germany U21 in front against Ireland in their 1-1 draw, while Koray Günter (St Pauli) was a rock at the back for Turkey U21 who won 2-0 in the Ukraine.

Senior international squads are back in action on Tuesday for the opening matches in the Euro 2016 Qualifiers, while U21 and U19 squads play again on Monday night.

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