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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Lewandowski Called-Up & Other Dortmund News

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Robert Lewandowski has been called-up by Waldemar Fornalik to the Polish national squad for their Euro 2016 Qualifier at home to The Netherlands on 09 June. The 26 year-old striker scored 20 times in all competitions this season.

Mustafa Amini has been included in the Australian squad for the AFC Under-22 Championship that’s set to take place in South Korea beginning 18 June. Amini has spent the season on-loan at 3.Liga winners SV Sandhausen, but his contract won’t be renewed by Dortmund this summer.

BVB have confirmed that the contracts of five staff including reserves manager David Wagner have been extended, with all now running through to summer 2018. Wagner will begin to work with the double-winning U19 squad.

Bundesliga Review: Matchday #26

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A Robert Lewandowski hat-trick won the 146th Revierderby for Dortmund in their 3-1 win at Schalke on Saturday that moved them level with their big rivals at the top of the table as BVB went home with all three points. His performance earned him the Spieler des Tages award.

Bottom-side Hannover beat second-place Leverkusen thanks to a Kim Ojo goal inside the final five minutes after they weathered something of a storm from the visitors. That gave Wolfsburg the chance to move into the top three with victory over high-flying Hamburg, and they duly obliged with a 2-0 win.

Nürnberg got their first win in five with a turnaround 2-1 win at Werder Bremen, who were denied a last-minute equaliser by a hotly-contested offside call that video replays have shown to be extremely generous to the defence.

Stuttgart are without a win in five as they slipped-up at home to Gladbach, while Hoffenheim lost 2-1 at Düsseldorf and will be without Gibril Sankoh for the rest of the season as he dislocated a shoulder landing awkwardly in stoppage time.

The weekend began with a 2-0 win for Frankfurt at home to Mainz who responded by firing 80 year-old manager Karl-Heinz Feldkamp, while Sunday saw a Mario Gómez brace seal a win for Bayern at Freiburg, while Hertha and Augsburg didn’t do themselves any favours in their relegation six-pointer with a 1-1 draw.

Bundesliga action returns on Friday with Leverkusen at home to Stuttgart, while Bayern are in action on Wednesday at Benfica (1-1) in the Champions League, and Dortmund and Mainz fly the flag for Germany in the Europa League against Ajax and Lazio respectively on Thursday night.

 BUNDESLIGA, MATCHDAY 26

               DÜSSELDORF  2-1  HOFFENHEIM
                Rafael 54       Gregoritsch 73
                Wagner 76

                FRANKFURT  2-0  MAINZ
               Voronin 55
               Celozzi 65

                 FREIBURG  0-2  BAYERN MUNICH
                                Gómez 50, 90+3

                 HANNOVER  1-0  BAYER LEVERKUSEN
                   Ojo 86

            HERTHA BERLIN  1-1  AUGSBURG
          Alper Uludag 44       Oehrl 35

                  SCHALKE  1-3  BORUSSIA DORTMUND
                Farfán 18       Lewandowski 7, 37, 38

                STUTTGART  0-1  MÖNCHENGLADBACH
                                Hanke 41

            WERDER BREMEN  1-2  NÜRNBERG
            Schäfer og 16       Klose 21
                                Berg 75

                WOLFSBURG  2-0  HAMBURG
                  Dost 14
               Jönsson 47

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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.

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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

Lewa Wins Weekly Award, Catches Cold

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Robert Lewandowski has been named as the T-Mobile Spieler des Tages after firing Dortmund to a 4-1 win over Frankfurt on Saturday, but will miss Wednesday night’s visit of Eintracht Braunschweig as he’s been sent home to recover from a heavy cold. The 26 year-old Polish striker has opened his account for the season, but will have to watch the DFB-Pokal tie on TV.

Marcel Schmelzer was also named in the Team of the Week, alongside a triop of Nürnberg players that beat Stuttgart 3-1. Long-term Dortmund target Julian Draxler also named the XI.

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Sven Bender has returned to full training after missing three matches with a thigh injury. He’ll likely take part on Wednesday as BVB are set to rest some first team players after midweek matches for four consecutive weeks.

Internationals: Subotic Scores for Serbia

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Neven Subotic scored his fourth senior international goal, opening the scoring with a powerful header as Serbia won 2-1 in Romania in their Euro 2016 Qualifier today. The result took them back into the top two behind Croatia who’ve won all three of their matches so far.

Ivan Perisic played an hour for Croatia in their 2-0 win over Kazakhstan as he returns from a knee injury, while Heinz Lindner (Austria) and Robert Lewandowski (Poland) also made senior international appearances tonight, with both matches ending in draws.

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Toni Kroos drilled home a 91st minute winner for Germany as they finally broke down a stubborn Lithuanian defence in their Euro 2016 Qualifier in Cologne tonight. Mario Götze had a hand in the goal, and four other Dortmund  players took part in the game:

André Schürrle and Lars Bender won their 40th and 30th caps respectively, with Mats Hummels also starting the match. Julian Schieber came off the bench for the last half-hour, winning his tenth cap in the process.

Players are all due to return to Dortmund tomorrow, with only Stevan Jovetic being unavailable for the significant future having suffered two broken ribs in Montenegro’s defeat to Germany on Friday.

The next international fixtures are due in five weeks, with Germany playing Colombia in a friendly in Hamburg on 19 November. Euro 2016 qualification resumes in March.