Both Hoffenheim players led their teams out onto the pitch as captains of their countries - Volland for the Germany team in Essen and Vestergaard for the Denmark side in Reykjavik. The situation for the two teams couldn't have been more different going into the second legs. Germany were almost certain to go through to the European Championship finals after their 3-0 first-leg win in Ukraine, whilst it was still all to play for between Denmark and Iceland following a 0-0 draw in the first leg
Horst Hrubesch's Germany team determined the result of the second leg against Ukraine, but not as confidently as they did in the first leg and they had to wait a lot longer for their first goal. It came from the captain Kevin Volland, who scored in the 89th minute to make it 1-0. Only two minutes later, Leonardo Bittencourt made it 2-0. With two clear wins and no goals conceded, Germany's U21s have booked their ticket for the European Championship finals. However, Volland wasn't overly happy after the game: “We didn't play well. The entertainment value wasn't good for the first 85 minutes and we were very sloppy.”
The Danes also had to wait a while for a goal. Nicolaj Thomsen scored in the 90th minute to put them 1-0 up to all but guarantee their place in the Czech Republic. Holmbert Fridjonsson scored from the penalty spot in added time but that didn't matter as Vestergaard's team went through thanks to their away goal.
Szalai fires Hungary to victory
Things also went well for TSG striker Adam Szalai. On matchday 3 of the European Championship qualifiers in Group F, Hungary overcame the Faroe Islands 1-0. The new man in Hoffenheim, who has already found the net twice in the Bundesliga, scored his team's only goal in the 21st minute. He was left free at the back post and got on the end of a cross from Roland Juhász.
The Hoffenheim striker was substituted in the 84th minute and the goalscorer was able to celebrate with his teammates after the final whistle.
Big loss for Germany U19s
Germany's Under-19s have already qualified for the elite round, but haven't secured top spot in Group 2 yet. A draw against Austria would have been enough, but Marcus Sorg's team lost 5-1 on Tuesday in Jelgava, Latvia.
Hoffenheim's Nadiem Amiri played the full 90 minutes. Nevertheless, the German side will fight for their place at the 2015 European Championships in Greece early next year. The opponent and venue have not yet been confirmed.