1899 International Round-up

The 2010 international season came to an end after a run of magnificent friendlies and qualification matches that have always left fans wanting more. kept an eye on all of the Hoffenheim players on duty over the past few days and wanted to provide you with a brief overview of how it went.

Sweden vs. Germany 0-0

In Germany's final international match of 2010, the team travelled to Göteborg to face a tricky Sweden side, but unfortunately neither team had the edge in what turned out to be a fairly tedious 0-0 draw. However, a positive for Hoffenheim fans is that captain Andreas Beck was able to make his 9th appearance for the national team and had a role to play as part of a very young German squad. He impressed having come on as a second half substitute, playing in his natural position at right-back as he initiated and contributed to several attacking moves, whilst demonstrating his defensive qualities too with a number of well timed challenges.

Croatia vs. Malta 3-0

Without the injured Josip Simunic, the Croatian team were able to celebrate a comfortable 3-0 victory over Malta as they continue to pursue a qualification spot for Euro 2012. The win sees them leapfrog Greece into 1st place in Group F, having taken 10 points from their opening 4 matches. Niko Kranjcar of Tottenham Hotspur bagged a brace (17., 41.), while Nikola Kalinic wrapped up the win in the 82nd minute.

Slovakia vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-3

Vedad Ibisevic and Sejad Salihovic returned from their Slovakian travels with a smile on their face after Bosnia came through a tricky encounter to emerge victorious. Salihovic started the match for Bosnia and put in an impressive performance before being substituted in the 64th minute. Team colleague Vedad Ibisevic made a brief appearance towards the end of the match, but only for the last ten minutes. Medunjanin (28.), Pjanic (50.) and Wolfsburg's Edin Dzeko (60.) got on the score sheet for Bosnia, while Sebo and Grajcar were the scorers for Slovakia.

Senegal vs. Gabon 2-1

Demba Ba enjoyed a trip to Paris as his Senegal side easily overcame Gabon in their international friendly with a 2-1 win.

Israel vs. Iceland 3-2

Iceland put up a good fight against a strong Israeli side, but couldn't come out with a win. Gylfi Sigurdsson had to pull out at short notice after some concern regarding a possible ankle sprain and therefore played no part in the match.

Germany U-21 vs. England U-21 2-0

Peniel Mlapa, Sebastian Rudy and Boris Vukcevic were part of the U-21 side that were able to celebrate their last match of the season with an emphatic 2-0 victory over England. All the three Hoffenheim representatives started the match and could easily be considered as the outstanding players amongst a very strong, and on the night dominant, German team. Rudy came off at half-time, Mlapa made it to the 57th minute before he headed for the showers and Vukcevic came off in the 78th minute. The men who provided the goals were Rausch (36.) and Tosun (59.) who converted from the penalty spot to put the game beyond doubt and seal the win for the U-21's.

Italy U-20 vs. Germany U-20 1-2

For Robin Neupert, Pascal Groß and Marco Terrazzino the trip to Italy with the U-20's was more than ideal. Terrazzino, who came off at half-time, opened the scoring in the 27th minute to help Germany on their way to a 1-2 victory over the hosts. Neupert made his entrance in the 46th minute, while Groß had to wait until the 69th minute before coming on. Manuel Gulde was part of the squad, but pulled out before kick-off with a minor injury.

Germany U-19 vs. Czech Republic U-19 1-1

The German U-19's failed to come out on top against the Czech counterparts and had to settle for a 1-1 draw. Denis Thomalla came on at half-time, but had little impact off the bench.

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