FC Bayern München's Thiago Alcantara played 56 minutes of Spain's 2-2 draw with England at Wembley.
FC Bayern München's Thiago Alcantara played 56 minutes of Spain's 2-2 draw with England at Wembley.

November round-up: Bundesliga stars in international action

The final international break of 2016 sees a host of Bundesliga stars take part in crucial FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers before returning to domestic action on Matchday 11 (18-20 November).

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Tuesday 15 November

International friendlies

Hungary 0–2 Sweden

Borussia Mönchengladbach left-back Oscar Wendt played the full 90 minutes as Sweden sealed a comfortable friendly win. Emil Forsberg of RB Leipzig, on the scoresheet against France at the weekend, was an unused substitute.

Austria 0–0 Slovakia

Alexander Dragovic, Stefan Ilsanker, Karim Onisiwo, Markus Suttner, Julian Baumgartlinger and Lukas Hinterseer all started for Austria, while David Alaba and Martin Hinteregger came off the bench in this goalless draw.

Ukraine 2–0 Serbia

Full-backs Filip Mladenovic of 1. FC Köln and Aleksandar Ignjovski of Eintracht Frankfurt both started as Serbia were beaten by Ukraine in Kharkiv.

Czech Republic 1–1 Denmark

Theodor Gebre Selassie of SV Werder Bremen started the Czech Republic’s friendly draw with Denmark and played 66 minutes before being replaced by Pavel Kaderabek of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. Gladbach defender Jannik Vestergaard came off the bench for the Danes.

Italy 0–0 Germany

VfL Wolfsburg's Yannick Gerhardt was handed his Germany debut as the world champions held Italy to a 0-0 draw in Milan. Thirteen Bundesliga players featured, with Borussia Dortmund's Julian Weigl and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim's Sebastian Rudy putting in particularly impressive shifts in midfield.

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Northern Ireland 0–3 Croatia

Hoffenheim forward Andrej Kramaric crowned a strong performance with a goal as Croatia recorded an easy win in Belfast.

England 2–2 Spain

FC Bayern München’s Thiago Alcantara was named in the starting line-up as La Furia Roja came back from two goals down to hold England at Wembley.

France 0–0 Cote d'Ivoire

Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembele played the first half in Lens, while Hertha Berlin’s Salomon Kalou, who netted a hat-trick in his last Bundesliga appearance, played the entire 90 minutes.

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers - Asia

Japan 2–1 Saudi Arabia

Two Bundesliga stars combined for the winning goal as Japan got the better of Saudi Arabia with Borussia Dortmund’s Shinji Kagawa teeing up Genki Haraguchi in the 2-1 win. 1. FC Köln’s Yuya Osako came off in the second half, while Eintracht Frankfurt’s Makoto Hasebe captained the side for the entire 90 minutes.

South Korea 2–1 Uzbekistan

A Ja-Cheol Koo inspired South Korea side were forced to come from behind to beat Uzbekistan, moving above their opponents in the Group A standings. The FC Augsburg star scored the winner in the 85th minute after Borussia Dortmund’s Joo-Ho Park had earlier provided the assist for South Korea’s equaliser. Dong-Won Ji came off just past the hour mark.

Thailand 2-2 Australia

FC Ingolstadt 04's Mathew Leckie and Bayer 04 Leverkusen's Robbie Kruse both featured in Australia's draw with Thailand, but neither got on the scoresheet as the Socceroos passed up the opportunity to move top of Group B.

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers – South America

Chile 3–1 Uruguay

Bayern midfielder Arturo Vidal and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim attacker Eduardo Vargas helped reigning Copa America champions Chile record an impressive win over Uruguay to move within three points of their visitors in the CONMEBOL standings. Uruguay went ahead early on, but Vargas equalised on the stroke of half-time and the hosts scored two more after the break to seal their sixth qualifying win.

Peru 0–2 Brazil

Bayern winger Douglas Costa made a late cameo appearance for Brazil in a hard-fought triumph in Peru. Uruguay's defeat earlier in the day means the Brazilians extended their lead at the top of the standings to four points.

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers – North, Central American and Caribbean

Panama 0–0 Mexico

Bayer 04 Leverkusen striker Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez remains one goal shy of equalling Mexico's all-time scoring record of 46 as El Tri were held to a goalless draw in Panama City. Eintracht Frankfurt's Marco Fabian also started for Mexico, who were unable to settle into a rhythm against a fierce and aggressive home side. The result leaves both teams on four points after two qualifying games.

Costa Rica 4–0 USA

There were five Bundesliga representatives in the USMNT starting XI as coach Jürgen Klinsmann's side looked to bounce back from the disappointment of losing to Mexico last week. Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund), Bobby Wood (Hamburger SV), Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin) and Timothy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt) all started in San Jose, but the visitors still fell behind just before the break.

Things went from bad to worse for the USMNT in the second half as Costa Rica, buoyed by a vociferous home crowd, scored three more to go top of the 'hexagonal' qualifying group, leaving the USA bottom of the standings and yet to collect a point.

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Monday 14 November

International friendlies

Poland 1-1 Slovenia

VfL Wolfsburg captain Jakub Blaszczykowski came off the bench to help Poland rescue a 1-1 friendly draw against Slovenia in Wroclaw. The midfielder was subbed on in the 66th minute, and less than 15 minutes later teed up Lukasz Teodorczyk to cancel out Miha Mevlja’s first-half opener. FC Bayern München striker Robert Lewandowski - following his brace against Romania in FIFA World Cup qualifying on Friday - was rested for the game, as was Borussia Dortmund’s Lukasz Piszczek.

Sunday 13 November

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers – Europe

Switzerland 2–0 Faroe Islands

Six Bundesliga players started for the Swiss against the Faroe Islands in Lucerne: Yann Sommer, Fabian Schär, Johan Djourou, Ricardo Rodriguez, Admir Mehmedi and Valentin Stocker, while a seventh, Eintracht Frankfurt striker Haris Seferovic, appeared as a late substitute. It was a fourth win from as many games for Die Nati, who are comfortably top of Group B.

Hungary 4–0 Andorra

RB Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi kept a clean sheet to help Hungary to a routine win over minnows Andorra, with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim striker Adam Szalai netting the hosts' fourth in the 88th minute. SV Darmstadt 98 attacker Laszlo Kleinheisler also started the match for the victors in Budapest, lifting Hungary to seven points in Group B.

Luxembourg 1–3 Netherlands

FC Bayern München winger Arjen Robben set the Oranje on course for their second victory in Group A, netting the opener in the 36th minute of his return to the national side, before being substituted off at half-time with a minor knock. VfL Wolfsburg defender Jeffrey Bruma played the full 90 minutes for the Dutch, who are now on seven points and second in the standings behind France.

Portugal 4–1 Latvia

Bayern midfielder Renato Sanches appeared as a substitute for the reigning European champions as they recorded a third victory of the qualifying campaign so far to stay second in Group B. 1. FC Köln striker Artjoms Rudnevs played 87 minutes for the visitors in Faro.

Greece 1–1 Bosnia and Herzegovina

A host of Bundesliga stars were on display in Athens as Greece and Bosnia and Herzegovina shared the spoils in a hard-fought Group H encounter. Konstantinos Stafylidis (FC Augsburg), Sokratis (Borussia Dortmund) and Kyriakos Papadopoulos (RB Leipzig) all played throughout for the home side, who dramatically equalised deep into stoppage time, despite Papadopoulos being sent off in the 80th minute.

Vedad Ibisevic (Hertha Berlin), Sead Kolasinac (Schalke), Emir Spahic (Hamburger SV) and Izet Hajrovic (SV Werder Bremen) all started for the guests, with Ermin Bicakcic (Hoffenheim) also appearing as a substitute. Greece are now second in Group H on ten points, three ahead of today's opponents.

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers – Africa

Egypt 2–0 Ghana

Schalke defender Abdul Rahman Baba played from start to finish but was on the losing side in Alexandria as Egypt continued their perfect start to the qualifiers with a second Group E triumph. Ghana have one point from two games.

Guinea 1-2 DR Congo

FC Ingolstadt 04 defender Marcel Tisserand played the full distance for DR Congo in a 2-1 win away to Guinea, who had Leipzig's Naby Keita in midfield throughout the match. Congo remain joint-top of the CAF Group A standings with two victories from two games, while Guinea are yet to pick up a point.

Saturday 12 November

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers – Europe

Croatia 2-0 Iceland

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim striker Andrej Kramaric appeared as a late substitute for Croatia, who maintained their unbeaten start to qualifying by inflicting a first defeat on Iceland in Group I. Bayer 04 Leverkusen defender Tin Jedvaj was an unused substitute for the hosts in the fixture in Zagreb.

Turkey 2-0 Kosovo

Leverkusen midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu played the full 90 minutes for Turkey in Antalya, helping the side to a 2-0 win over Kosovo. 1. FSV Mainz 05 attacker Yunus Malli appeared as a second-half substitute as Turkey posted their first victory of the qualifying campaign to move onto five points in Group I.

Austria 0-1 Republic of Ireland

A host of Bundesliga players were left disappointed as they succumbed to a potentially costly home loss to Ireland. Ramazan Özcan, Alexander Dragovic, Martin Hinteregger, Julian Baumgartlinger, David Alaba, Alessandro Schöpf and Marcel Sabitzer all started for the home side, but they were undone by a James McClean goal shortly after the restart. Stefan Ilsanker, Karim Onisiwo, Markus Suttner, Lukas Hinterseer,  Michael Gregoritsch and Heinz Lindner were all unused substitutes.

Austria are now fourth in Group D on five points, while Ireland sit top with ten.

Wales 1-1 Serbia

FC Schalke 04’s Matija Nastasic and Hamburger SV’s Filip Kostic both started as Serbia secured an important point thanks to an equaliser in Cardiff. 1. FC Köln left-back Filip Mladenovic was an unused substitute for the Balkan outfit, who are now second behind the Republic of Ireland in Group D.

Spain 4-0 FYR Macedonia

FC Bayern München’s Thiago Alcantara and Borussia Dortmund’s Marc Bartra both went the distance as Spain cruised to a comfortable win in Granada to move joint-top of Group G alongside Italy.

Albania 0-3 Israel

Köln defender Mergim Mavraj’s Albania were well-beaten by Israel in Elbasan. Almog Cohen of FC Ingolstadt 04 played the full 90 minutes for the visitors.

Ukraine 1–0 Finland

FC Schalke 04 midfielder Yevhen Konoplyanka played 83 minutes of Ukraine's 1-0 triumph over Finland in Odessa, with Eintracht Frankfurt goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky ending up on the losing side. Ukraine are now second in the Group I table on eight points, while Finland are second bottom with just a solitary point so far.

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers – Africa

Nigeria 3–1 Algeria

FC Schalke 04 midfielder Nabil Bentaleb scored for the fifth time in his last five matches in all competitions, but couldn’t prevent Algeria falling to defeat away to Nigeria. 1. FSV Mainz 05’s Leon Balogun started for the home side, who now top qualifying Group B, with Algeria bottom.

Mali 0-0 Gabon

Borussia Dortmund superstar Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang played from start to finish for Gabon away to Mali, but was unable to find the net in a goalless draw in the Malian capital of Bamako. It was the second successive 0-0 stalemate for Gabon, who sit second in the Group C standings in the third round of CAF qualifying.

Morocco 0–0 Côte d'Ivoire

Hertha Berlin’s Salomon Kalou played 89 minutes but could only help earn his side a point away at Morocco. The Ivorians remain top of Group C, however.

Friday 11 November

International friendlies

Japan 4–0 Oman

1. FC Köln striker Yuya Osako bagged brace in the first half as Japan clinched a comfortable victory over Oman. Hamburger SV's Gotoku Sakai featured for the full 90 minutes, while Hertha Berlin's Genki Haraguchi came off the bench in the second half.

South Korea 2-0 Canada

Borussia Dortmund's Joo-Ho Park and FC Augsburg's Dong-Won Ji both featured in the starting line-up as South Korea came out on top against Canada. Ja-Cheol Koo entered the fray at half-time in place of his Augsburg team-mate.

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers – Europe

Romania 0–3 Poland

FC Bayern München striker Robert Lewandowski bagged a brace as Poland beat Romania 3-0 in Bucharest to move three points clear at the top of Group E in the UEFA section of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying. Former Borussia Dortmund colleagues Lukasz Piszczek - who still plies his trade for Die Schwarzgelben - and Jakub Blaszczykowski - now the VfL Wolfsburg captain - also featured for 90 minutes in the Romanian capital.

Denmark 4–1 Kazakhstan

RB Leipzig striker Yussuf Poulsen grabbed an assist for the opening goal and completed the full 90 minutes as Denmark went third in Group E thanks to a 4-1 win over Kazakhstan.

Czech Republic 1–2 Norway

A Norway side including Hertha Berlin duo Rune Jarstein and Per Ciljan Skjelbred, as well as TSG 1899 Hoffenheim’s Tarik Elyounoussi, fell to a narrow 2-1 defeat away to the Czech Republic - for whom Hoffenheim defender Pavel Kaderabek played from start to finish.

San Marino 0–8 Germany

SV Werder Bremen’s Serge Gnabry scored a debut hat-trick as Germany made it four wins out of four in Group C. 1. FC Köln’s Jonas Hector and Bayer 04 Leverkusen forward Kevin Volland were also on the scoresheet, while Leverkusen’s Benjamin Henrichs ticked all the boxes on his senior international debut. A total of 11 Bundesliga players featured in Serravalle.

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Slovakia 4–0 Lithuania

Hertha Berlin right-back Peter Pekarik played the full 90 minutes as Slovakia pulled up to third in Group F with a 4-0 dismissal of Lithuania in Trnava. 1. FC Köln youngster Manfredas Ruzgis came off the bench in the dying minutes for the visitors.

France 2–1 Sweden

RB Leipzig winger Emil Forsberg hit a fantastic free-kick to give Sweden the lead against France in Paris, but the hosts battled back to win 2-1, leaving the Swedes second in Group A.  

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers – Africa

Libya 0–1 Tunisia

SV Darmstadt 98 forward Änis Ben-Hatira played the first 45 minutes of Tunisia’s 1-0 win over Libya in Algiers, Algeria. The win sends Tunisia provisionally clear at the top of Group A in the third round of CAF qualifying.

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers – North, Central American and Caribbean

USA 1-2 Mexico

A USMNT side featuring five Bundesliga stars succumbed to a disappointing defeat to Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez's Mexico in Columbus, Ohio. Fabian Johnson (Borussia Mönchengladbach), John Anthony Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timothy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Christian Pulisic (Borussia Dortmund) and Bobby Wood (Hamburger SV) all started for Jürgen Klinsmann's troops, and although 23-year-old striker Wood cancelled out Miguel Layun's opener in the second half, an 89th-minute goal from Rafael Marquez condemned the hosts to a narrow loss.

Thursday 10 November

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers – South America

Colombia 0-0 Chile

Chile are now seven points off the pace in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying following a 0-0 draw against Colombia, but still occupy the play-off spot in the standings. Eduardo Vargas was the only Bundesliga representative to complete the full 90 minutes, with Charles Aranguiz brought off in the second half and Arturo Vidal, worryingly for FC Bayern München, forced off injured in the dying minutes.

Brazil 3-0 Argentina

FC Bayern München's Douglas Costa came off the bench with five minutes remaining in Brazil's 3-0 thumping of Argentina. The five-time World Cup winners still sit top of the standings in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying.

Wednesday 9 November

Greece 0-1 Belarus

Kyriakos Papadopoulos (RB Leipzig), Konstantinos Stafylidis (FC Augsburg) and Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Borussia Dortmund) all featured for Greece, but the Bundesliga trio were unable to prevent the 2004 European champions from slumping to a narrow defeat to Belarus.

Netherlands 1-1 Belgium

VfL Wolfsburg defender Jeffrey Bruma played the full 90 minutes, while Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Thorgan Hazard came on as a second-half substitute for Kevin De Bruyne as the Netherlands held Belgium to a draw at the Amsterdam Arena.