Sven Bender scored his first senior international goal tonight in Germany’s 2-2 draw with Denmark in tonight’s opening match in the Euro 2016 Qualifiers. The 25 year-old came on for twin brother Lars in the 73rd minute, and put Germany 2-1 up in the 79th from close range.
Viktor Fischer had helped put Denmark in front in the twelfth minute in the match in Düsseldorf, when his blocked shot fell to former Ajax team-mate Lucas Andersen who slotted the visitors in front.
Philip Lahm equalised after the break before Bender’s maiden goal. After Denmark lost Niklas Bendtner to a second yellow, Lukas Podolski snatched an 85th minute equaliser.
Mats Hummels and Marcel Schmelzer played the full match in the German back four, with Mario Götze and André Schürrle being replaced at half-time by Joachim Löw. Julian Schieber came on at the break and was involved in both goals, while Marco Reus was an unused sub.
Elsewhere across the continent, five more Dortmund players were involved in Euro 2016 qualifying action, with Ivan Perisic (Croatia) and Neven Subotic (Serbia) meeting in Osijek with the hosts running out 2-1 winners. Perisic set-up the winning goal for Mario Mandzukic after an Ivan Rakitic penalty cancelled out Aleksandar Ignjovski’s early opener.
Heinz Lindner is establishing himself as Austria’s number-one after another fine performance in goal. He was unable to prevent the Armenian opening goal, but he had a solid game to thwart the visitors as Austria eventually ran out 3-1 winners.
Robert Lewandowski scored his 25th goal for Poland as they went down 1-5 in the Netherlands. He struck 35 seconds into the second-half after the Dutch went in at the break with a three-goal cushion. Stevan Jovetic’s Montenegro lost 1-0 in a fiery encounter in Lithuania.
Three players represented the club in the final group matches in the UEFA U21 Qualifying for next summer’s tournament in the Czech Republic. Leo Bittencourt set-up the first goal in Germany’s 2-0 win in Andorra which saw them in Group 2.
Koray Günter was on great form for Turkey as they beat Liechtenstein 2-1 at home to qualify alongside Ukraine in Group 6. Elsewhere, Emiliano Mancinelli came on during the second-half for Italy who lost 2-0 in Spain.
Five other Dortmund players were in action yesterday, with a number of U21 and U19 fixtures taking place. Mustafa Amini scored one and made the other as Australia went down 2-3 to England at Loftus Road in a U21 friendly. Benjamin Bella (Germany) and Hervé Matthys (Belgium) were involved in U19 friendly action.
Ibro Beslija’s Bosnia lost 3-1 at home to South Korea in a U21 friendly, but results in the UEFA qualifiers means they’ll also qualify from their group. Elsewhere, Dennis Praet came on as a half-time sub for Belgium in their 1-0 friendly win over UAE.