Euro 2016 Qualifiers: Jovetic Ends Drought

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Dortmund’s record signing Stevan Jovetic ended his two-year goal drought for Montenegro with a brace in their 4-2 Euro 2016 Qualifier win over Lithuania in Podgorica tonight. The 25 year-old, who hadn’t scored for his country since March 2013 fired home either side of the break to put Montenegro second in Group E.

Group E is topped by Germany who drew 1-1 in Denmark, a match in which six Dortmund players featured. Viktor Fischer performed well on the left for the hosts, who were held by a German side including André Schürrle (who set up Mesut Özil’s opener), Mats Hummels, Lars Bender, Mario Götze, and Marcel Schmelzer who was carried off early on with a knee ligament injury.

Another Dortmund striker on the scoresheet tonight is Robert Lewandowski who put Poland in front at home to the Netherlands in their Group I clash, but ended up on the losing side after an Arjen Robben brace sealed a 3-2 win for the visitors after former-BVB right-back Lukasz Piszczek and free-scoring Klaas-Jan Huntelaar exchanged goals.

Neven Subotic put in a solid performance for Serbia who snatched a late draw at home to Croatia in their Group B tie, while Ivan Perisic lined-up against him but was unable to create any significant chances.

Heinz Lindner helped seal Austria’s third qualifying win with a good performance that saw them win 2-1 in Armenia in their Group C tie.

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Euro Qualifiers: Götze Goal, Verniers Début

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Mario Götze was the best player on the park for Germany tonight in their 5-2 Euro 2016 Qualifying win in Liechtenstein, scoring the third and setting up the fifth. Mario Gómez scored twice in the first seven minutes, with the opener coming after just 103 seconds.

Benjamin Kunz pulled a goal back for the hosts on the half-hour when Holger Badstuber slipped at the back, but Götze restored the two-goal lead when he controlled and slotted home at the far post from a deep Diego Contento cross.

Ten minutes after the break, Sandro Wieser headed a second for Liechtenstein before Mesut Özil tapped home a loose ball for 4-2 after Gómez was denied a hat-trick on the line. In the final minute, Götze played in substitute Lukas Podolski to make it five.

Mats Hummels (7.1), Lars Bender (7.1) and Mario Götze (8.8) played all ninety minutes in the match, with André Schürrle  (7.1) being replaced after 68 minutes by Ilkay Gündogan. Marcel Schmelzer came on as a late sub, while Marco Reus and Julian Schieber were unused.

The win leaves Germany top of Group E on ten points, three ahead of Denmark, with Lithuania and Montenegro a further point behind. Lithuania sit bottom of the group with four straight defeats.


Jos Verniers made his senior international début, coming on for the last twenty minutes for Belgium in their qualifier in Scotland. Ten-man Belgium had just taken a 2-1 lead through an Axel Witsel penalty, but the hosts fought back to draw 2-2 in their Group D tie.

Ivan Perisic scored his fifth goal for Croatia to equalise in their Group B game at home to Belarus, and was voted man-of-the-match, but it was the visitors that won it late on through a Sergey Kornilenko goal. Neven Subotic was also on the losing side in Group B action when Serbia went down to an early Heinrich Schmidtgal goal at home to Kazahstan. Croatia still top the group, a point clear of Kazakhstan and Serbia.

Viktor Fischer played the full 90 minutes for Denmark in their five-goal thriller at home to Lithuania in Group E. The two sides shared four goals in a crazy ten-minute first-half spell, before Nicklas Helenius scored the eventual winner right on the stroke of half-time.

Heinz Lindner kept a clean sheet for Austria as they won 1-0 in Hungary to move ahead of their opponents into second place in Group C. Stuttgart forward Martin Harnik scored the only goal of the game three minutes after the interval.

Finally, Stevan Jovetic played the full game upfront for Montenegro in their Friendly in Slovenia, but despite creating three chances he wasn’t able to beat Samir Handanovic in the home goal and sadly extends his international goal drought past the two year mark.

Bender, Hummels, and Schürrle in Weekly XI

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Lars Bender, Mats Hummels, and André Schürrle were all selected in this week’s T-Mobile Bundesliga Team of the Week after stand-out performances in Dortmund’s 3-1 win at Mönchengladbach yesterday evening.

bender-larsBender (pictured) returned from injury and put in a man-of-the-match display in the win, with Hummels making his 225th Bundesliga appearance, and Schürrle scoring the equaliser midway through the first-half.

Player of the Week went to Bayern Munich’s Javi Martínez, who scored the opener in their 2-0 win at Hannover.

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Managerial Merry-Go-Round; Bender in BL XI

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Sevilla are one of nine clubs to change their manager this weekend, as Marcelo Bielsa has been fired after just six months in charge following defeat at Levante that leaves them in 10th place, six points behind the top four.

Parma have also parted company with Davide Dionigi after defeat at Empoli saw them slip into the bottom three of Serie A. Lucas Alcaraz will also be collecting his P45 after Getafe showed him the door after a year at the club after their sixth defeat in eight matches.

Kees Zwamborn has swapped ADO Den Haag for Heracles, who sit a point below them in the Dutch top flight. Elsewhere, there’s good news for Steve Nicol (DC United), Preki (San Jose), Bruno Labbadia (Gladbach), and Erick Mombaerts (Lyon) who will start their reigns at new clubs following their hiring this weekend.


bender-larsDespite defeat at Freiburg, Lars Bender was named in the T-Mobile Bundesliga Select XI for his battling and dedicated performance. The team of the week is largely populated by Schalke players, who went top with victory over Leverkusen.

 

24 Call-Ups: Début Senior Cap for Praet

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Two dozen BVB players have been selected by their countries for next week’s midweek international friendlies. Nine of those have been chosen by Joachim Löw for Germany’s visit of Colombia in Hamburg on Wednesday 19th.

bvb2015_70_praetSeven other players have received senior call-ups, including a début senior cap for Dennis Praet (left) for Belgium’s trip to Turkey. Eight youth players  are also set to be in action next week including a first call-up for Jeremy Dudziak for Tunisia U20 after representing Germany at U19 level.

Samy Bourard and Bernd Kandziora have also received their first nods at any international level having been included in the Belgium U19 and Austria U19 (formerly managed by Gray Surman) set-ups respectively.

While the international midweek is regarded by most club managers as an unnecessary distraction at this time of year, Dortmund management have not requested any restrictions on playing time for any of their players, as per Surman’s player policy.

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Germany v. Colombia (Friendly) Hamburg, 19 November
 * Andreas BECK      * Lars BENDER        * Sven BENDER
 * Mario GÖTZE       * Mats HUMMELS       * Marco REUS
 * Julian SCHIEBER   * Marcel SCHMELZER   * André SCHÜRRLE

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 TUE 18 NOVEMBER, INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES (YOUTH)

  * Mustafa AMINI        Australia U21  A v Liechtenstein
  * Benjamin BELLA       Germany U19    H v Wales
  * Leo BITTENCOURT      Germany U21    H v Iran
  * Samy BOURARD         Belgium U19    H v New Zealand
  * Emiliano MANCINELLI  Italy U21      H v South Korea
  * Hervé MATTHYS        Belgium U19    H v New Zealand
  * Jeremy DUDZIAK       Tunisia U20    A v Colombia
  * Bernd KANDZIORA      Austria U19    H v Bosnia

 WED 19 NOVEMBER, INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIES (SENIOR)
 
  * Andreas BECK         Germany        H v Colombia
  * Lars BENDER          Germany        H v Colombia
  * Sven BENDER          Germany        H v Colombia
  * Viktor FISCHER       Denmark        A v Slovakia
  * Mario GÖTZE          Germany        H v Colombia
  * Mats HUMMELS         Germany        H v Colombia
  * Stevan JOVETIC       Montenegro     H v Andorra
  * Robert LEWANDOWSKI   Poland         H v Greece
  * Heinz LINDNER        Austria        H v Peru
  * Ivan PERISIC         Croatia        H v Argentina
  * Dennis PRAET         Belgium        A v Turkey
  * Marco REUS           Germany        H v Colombia
  * Julian SCHIEBER      Germany        H v Colombia
  * Marcel SCHMELZER     Germany        H v Colombia
  * André SCHÜRRLE       Germany        H v Colombia
  * Neven SUBOTIC        Serbia         H v Egypt

Daily Dortmund Diary: Thursday 6th November

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Daily Diary, Thursday 06 November 2014:

bender-larsLars Bender has accepted an official warning from BVB management after his dismissal in yesterday’s 3-0 win over Legia Warsaw. With Dortmund leading 1-0 at the time, Bender was cautioned twice inside ninety seconds and will miss the trip to Valencia through suspension.

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Dortmund staff member Piet Hamberg has failed to gain a Continental Pro Licence. The 60 year-old Dutch coach will need to retake the entire course should he wish to gain the qualification to manage at the highest level.

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Four sides have progressed to the penultimate stage in the MLS Playoffs after winning their conference semi-final ties. The Eastern Conference Final will be played between Chicago Fire and Houston Dynamo, with Real Salt Lake and FC Dallas meeting in the Western equivalent. Ties will be played 08 and 15 November.

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AS Monaco fans have called for Claudio Ranieri’s head after the 63 year-old Italian declared his interest in the vacancy at Bayern Munich. The former Chelsea manager has been at the club for two and a half years, winning last season’s French League Cup. Monaco’s 4-4 draw with Rubin Kazan on Wednesday eliminated them.

Peter Bosk has left Heracles for a club four points below them in the Dutch Eredivisie, as he joins Roda JC.