Toljan fires U21s to victory, Ochs wins, Vargas with draw

Jeremy Toljan marked his first international appearance with a winning goal as the Germany U21s celebrated their 13th victory in a row. Philipp Ochs led the Germany U20s to victory as captain, while Eduardo Vargas and Chile could only manage a draw against Colombia.


Having already qualified for the 2017 European Championships, Stefan Kuntz’s side took on Turkey. Toljan started the match and played the entire ninety minutes, while Nadiem Amiri was an unused substitute. The Germans struggled in the early stages of the match but managed to create several goalscoring opportunities after Turkey were reduced to ten men. However the home side took a deserved lead in the 38th minute to ease the pressure after Leroy Sané found Toljan with a cross, who volleyed in to make it 1-0 to the hosts. It was his first international goal and turned out to be the match-winner. 


“It was a hard-fought victory,” said head coach Guido Streichsbier. “We went into half-time deservedly 1-0 up. The Italians then put more pressure on us but we deserved to win.” It was a close match but Germany captain Philipp Ochs and the rest of his team were able to celebrate victory in their first match as part of their preparation for this summer’s tournament. The win was also revenge for their defeat to the Italians in September, who they lost to 1-0. Ochs started the match and was brought off in the 87th minute, while the goal was scored by 1. FC Nürnberg’s Cedric Teuchert in the 43rd minute. 


Chile had to settle for a 0-0 draw in their World Cup qualifier against Colombia. Vargas was chosen in the starting line-up and remained on the pitch throughout the entirety of the match. Chile certainly started the match as the better side but could not find the opening goal. Colombia eventually began to get into the game but play was regularly held up due a large number of minor fouls. Colombia were the better side in the second half but could not take advantage of their dominance. Despite nine minutes of added time, Vargas and his team could not break the deadlock and in the end were content with a point. Chile now lie in fifth place in their South American qualifying group with 17 points.

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