International round-up: Ochs scores, Kramaric gets an assist, Vargas loses with Chile

The TSG players began the international break with three wins and one loss between them. Andrej Kramaric faced Kosovo with Croatia in a World Cup qualifier whilst Eduardo Vargas faced Ecuador with Chile. Philipp Ochs and Dennis Geiger both won with the Germany U20s and U21s respectively.

Croatia – Andrej Kramaric

Kramaric is not only in good form for TSG, but also for the Croatian national team. The striker was in the starting eleven in their 6-0 win over Kosovo and he was directly involved in the first goal. Mario Mandzukic gave Croatia the lead in the 6th minute, Kramaric provided the assist. Mandzukic scored another two goals in the 24th and 35th minute to complete his hat-trick. Mitrović (68’), Ivan Perišić (83’) and Nikola Kalinić (90’+2) all scored in the second half. Kramaric was taken off in the 71st minute.

Chile – Eduardo Vargas

The Chile national team are struggling in their World Cup qualification campaign. They lost their fourth match out of nine against Ecuador 3-0 and are currently in seventh place. Eduardo Vargas was in the starting eleven and got 73 minutes under his belt. The top four South American teams will qualify for the World Cup and the fifth-placed side could potentially qualify through play-offs.

Germany U20s – Philipp Ochs

Philipp Ochs made a successful debut with the Germany U20s. Head coach Guido Streichsbier’s team beat the USA 1-0 at the Four Nations Tournament in England. Ochs scored the winning goal through a penalty. Germany dominated the match and didn’t let the opponent have any chances on goal. “We had a bit of luck at the end,” said Ochs after the match.

It’s good that the 19-year old managed to keep his cool. “I also scored the winning penalty in our last training session on Tuesday. But that didn’t hold me back from taking the penalty in the match. I’m happy it went in.” Ochs was substituted in the 88th minute.

Germany U19s – Dennis Geiger

Dennis Geiger and his teammates have celebrated beating Gibraltar five times in their qualification campaign for the European Championship in 2017. Johannes Eggestein (38’), Gökhan Gül (48’), Bote Baku (84’, 90’+3) and Idrissa Touré (90’+6) all scored in head coach Frank Kramer’s first match in charge. Geiger had bad luck at the end of the first half when he hit the post. Another Hoffenheim player Robin Hack didn’t manage to finish his first match of the international break as he had to return home due to injury.

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