A successful start: victory for the U21s and South Korea

Niklas Süle, Jeremy Toljan, Nadiem Amiri and the Germany U21s won their important qualifier against the Faroe Islands 4-1. Meanwhile, Jin-Su Kim and South Korea recorded a victory over Lebanon in the World Cup qualifying campaign. Only Pavel Kaderabek came up second best during the Czech Republic’s friendly.

The Germany U21s started the match with Niklas Süle in the centre of defence and Jeremy Toljan at right-back against the Faroe Islands. Nadiem Amiri didn’t make an appearance. The two Hoffenheim players played more in front of the opponents goal than their own. Germany dominated the game and Süle was a constant threat in the opponent’s 18-yard box from set pieces, while Toljan was active on the right flank.

Schalke’s Leroy Sané scored after 17 minutes to give the hosts a deserved lead and hit the crossbar shortly after. Max Meyer also had two good chances in the first half but they both went to waste. The Faroe Islands managed to find an equaliser with their first attempt in the 43rd minute.

It was more of the same after the restart. The Germans controlled the game and went ahead again through an own goal. The next goal followed five minutes later when Max Meyer converted a penalty to make it 3-1. Bayer Leverkusen’s Julian Brandt rounded off the scoring when he tucked home the rebound from Sané’s effort which hit the post.

After the 4-1 victory, coach Horst Hrubesch said, “We didn’t kill the game off early on so it was normal that the opposition came at us. The equaliser wasn't important in the end but we should have put the game to bed in the first half an hour.”

Kim and South Korea leave it late

In the race for qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Jin-Su Kim and South Korea had to overcome Lebanon. For a long time the game looked set to be a draw, however, German coach Uli Stielike’s side managed to snatch victory in the third minute of added time at the end of the match through a goal from Lee Jeonghyeop. Jin-Su Kim started the match on the left side of South Korea’s back four and got a full 90 minutes under his belt. South Korea are still top of group G with 21 points from their seven matches so far.

The Czech Republic national team faced off against Scotland in a friendly against Scotland. Kaderabek was a part of the starting XI for the match and played at right-back as he does for TSG. The Czech’s started badly though, conceding with just after ten minutes gone in the game. In the following 80 minutes Kaderabek and Co. could not find a reply to turn the match and suffered a 1-0 loss. Kaderabek played the full match.



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