Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago helped Spain to a memorable victory away to France on Tuesday. - © © gettyimages / Juan Manuel Serrano Arce
Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago helped Spain to a memorable victory away to France on Tuesday. - © © gettyimages / Juan Manuel Serrano Arce

March round-up: Bundesliga stars in international action

The first international break of 2017 sees a host of Bundesliga stars take part in crucial FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers before returning to domestic action on Matchday 26 (31 March-2 April).

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Results and upcoming fixtures

Wednesday 29 March

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers - North, Central America and the Caribbean

Panama 1-1 USA

Borussia Dortmund's Christian Pulisic notched up another assist for the USA in Panama City, expertly holding off two defenders to tee up Clint Dempsey for the opening goal of the game. The USMNT are now up to fourth in the CONCACAF Hexagonal table.

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Trinidad and Tobago 0-1 Mexico

Bayer Leverkusen forward Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez shrugged off a knock to play the full 90 minutes for Mexico, but he was unable to score his 47th international goal, which would have made him the outright all-time top scorer for El Tri. The win leaves Mexico top of the CONCACAF Hexagonal qualifying stage, with ten points from four games.

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers - South America

Chile 3-1 Venezuela

Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Charles Aranguiz went the distance for Chile in a 3-1 victory at home to Venezuela, helping the reigning Copa America champions stay on course for World Cup qualification. La Roja are in fourth on 23 points, just one behind second-placed Colombia.

Tuesday 28 March

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers - Asia

Australia 2-0 United Arab Emirates

Ingolstadt's Mathew Leckie was on target for the second time during this international break as he secured Australia's 2-0 win in Sydney with ten minutes to go.

Japan 4-0 Thailand

Borussia Dortmund's Shinji Kagawa got the Japanese off to a great start when he struck after just eight minutes in Saitama. Hamburg captain Gotoku Sakai completed the 90 minutes for Japan, whilst Hertha's Genki Haraguchi was replaced after an hour and Augsburg's Takashi Usami came on in the closing minutes.

South Korea 1-0 Syria

Augsburg's Ja Cheol-Koo played 86 minutes as South Korea edged past Syria in Seoul to strengthen their position in group A of the AFC's third round of World Cup qualification.

International friendlies

France 0-2 Spain

Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago came on in the 53rd minute of Spain's win away to France. Club-mate and compatriot Javi Martinez was an unused substitute for the visitors, while Borussia Dortmund winger Ousmane Dembele was given a ten-minute cameo at the end for France.

Portugal 2-3 Sweden

Bayern youngster Renato Sanches played the full 90 minutes for the reigning European champions, but although they went 2-0 up, Portugal conceded three second-half goals to lose 3-2. RB Leipzig attacker Emil Forsberg and Hamburg midfielder Albin Ekdal were unused substitutes for Sweden.

Austria 1-1 Finland

A host of Bundesliga faces were on display in Austria, with Bayern's David Alaba captaining a home side that included Leipzig's Marcel Sabitzer, Bremen's Zlatko Junuzovic and Schalke's Alessandro Schöpf, among others. Frankfurt's Lukas Hradecky was in goal for the visitors, while Leverkusen striker Joel Pohjanpalo appeared in the 58th minute.

Russia 3-3 Belgium

Borussia Mönchengladbach's Thorgan Hazard was an 85th minute substitute for Belgium in a goal-filled encounter against Russia. Wolfsburg goalkeeper Koen Casteels was on the bench throughout.

Monday 27 March

International friendlies

Turkey 3-1 Moldova

It may only have been a friendly but nobody seemed to tell Borussia Dortmund starlet Emre Mor before kick-off, as the teenager turned on the style to spearhead a 3-1 win for Turkey. Mor scored the opener - his first senior goal at international level - and was menacing throughout the game in Eskisehir.

Sunday 26 March

International friendly

Kenya 2-1 DR Congo

Wilson Kamavuaka (Darmstadt) and Marcel Tisserand (Ingolstadt) featured as DR Congo slumped to a narrow defeat in Machakos.

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers - Europe

Azerbaijan 1-4 Germany

Borussia Dortmund attacker Andre Schürrle contributed two goals and an assist as Germany eased to victory in Baku. Bayern Munich's Thomas Müller and Wolfsburg forward Mario Gomez also got on the scoresheet.

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San Marino 0-6 Czech Republic

Hertha Berlin midfielder Vladimir Darida and Werder Bremen defender Theodor Gebre Selassie both got on the scoresheet for the Czech Republic as they put six past minnows San Marino. Bremen keeper Jaroslav Drobny was an unused substitute for the game as the Czechs remain seven points behind Group C leaders Germany.

Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway

Hertha Berlin goalkeeper Rune Jarstein was on the losing side as Norway slipped to defeat in Northern Ireland. The victory means the hosts are Germany's closest pursuers in Group C on ten points, while Norway have just three from five games.

Montenegro 1-2 Poland

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski scored for a tenth successive qualifying game to help Poland remain top of Group E with 13 points from five games. Borussia Dormtund's Lukasz Piszczek scored late on to secure the victory.

Romania 0-0 Denmark

Bundesliga trio Thomas Delaney, Jannik Vestergaard and Andreas Christensen all started for Denmark in a goalless draw that took the Danes seven points in Group E, in joint-second place in the standings.

Scotland 1-0 Slovenia

Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kevin Kampl lasted 87 minutes of a 1-0 defeat at Hampden as Slovenia slipped to third in Group F.

Malta 1-3 Slovakia

Moving above the Slovenians, a Slovakia side containing Hertha Berlin right-back Peter Pekarik were rarely troubled by ten-man Malta.

Saturday 25 March

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers - Europe

Sweden 4-0 Belarus

The hosts kept up the pace at the summit of Group A thanks, in no small part, to RB Leipzig attacker Emil Forsberg. The 25-year-old registered his fourth goal in 25 international appearances from the penalty spot to give Sweden a 19th-minute lead and then doubled his team's advantage shortly after the restart. Hamburg's Albin Ekdal also saw plenty of the action at the Friends Arena in Solna, the midfielder being replaced in the 69th minute of what turned out to be a comfortable night for the Scandinavians.

Switzerland 1-0 Latvia

HSV were also represented in Geneva where Josip Drmic made a spectacular return to a Swiss side that maintained their 100 per cent record in FIFA World Cup qualifying Group B. Having missed Switzerland's participation at UEFA EURO 2016 with a knee injury, Drmic took to the field at the Stade de Geneve in the 64th minute and scored the only goal against Latvia after connecting with an assist from Bayer Leverkusen's Admir Mehmedi two minutes later. Goalkeeper Yann Sommer (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Fabian Schär (Hoffenheim), Johan Djourou (HSV) and Haris Seferovic (Eintracht Frankfurt) were all starters for the Swiss.

Bosnia and Herzegovina 5-0 Gibraltar

Hertha Berlin striker Vedad Ibisevic revelled in the lone striker role and scored twice in the first half as Bosnia and Herzegovina eased to their third victory in Group H. Hoffenheim defender Ermin Bicakcic also weighed in with his third international goal before the end of a contest that saw Schalke's Sead Kolasinac replaced at the break.

Luxembourg 1-3 France

Borussia Dortmund winger Ousmane Dembele made his full senior debut as France coasted to victory in Luxembourg to restore their three-point lead over Sweden at the top of Group A.

Bulgaria 2-0 Netherlands

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben's hopes of appearing at a fourth World Cup finals after the Netherlands slipped to fourth in Group A, three points behinds second-placed Sweden, following a shock defeat in Sofia.

Portugal 3-0 Hungary

Dortmund's Raphael Guerreiro went the distance, but Bayern's Renato Sanches was an unused substitute in Portugal's routine home win over Hungary. The European Champions sit second in Group B after five matches.

Belgium 1-1 Greece

A Greece side boasting Dortmund defender Sokratis and Augsburg left-back Kostas Stafylidis picked up an impressive draw away to Group H rivals Belgium. Michael Skibbe's troops stay second, two behind the Red Devils, and one clear of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers - North, Central America and the Caribbean

USA 6-0 Honduras

Borussia Dortmund's Christian Pulisic was in sensational form for the USMNT, scoring one and creating three more to breathe life into his country's qualifying campaign. Hertha Berlin defender John Brooks also started the match, but was taken off in the second half with dehydration.

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Mexico 2-0 Costa Rica

It was an historic night for Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez, who became Mexico's joint all-time top scorer on 46 goals when he netted El Tri's opener in a 2-0 triumph at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, helping them remain top of the Hexagonal qualifying group.

Friday 24 March

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers - South America

Paraguay 2-1 Ecuador

Dario Lezcano played 64 minutes as goals by Bruno Valdez and Junior Alonso earned Paraguay all three points. Felipe Caicedo's penalty for Ecuador made things interesting, but it was the home side that eventually triumphed in Asuncion.

Argentina 1-0 Chile

A Lionel Messi penalty earned the hosts all three points in Buenos Aires. Charles Aranguiz played almost the entire 90 minutes for Chile, who had a lot of attacking momentum near the end of the match, but Argentina were resolute and also aided by the crossbar on an Alexis Sanchez free-kick. With that result, La Albiceleste move up to third place in South America's World Cup qualifying table.

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers - Europe

Georgia 1-3 Serbia

Mijat Gacinovic was on target for Serbia, whose comfortable win in Tbilisi lifted them above the Republic of Ireland to the top of Group C. Dusan Tadic and Aleksandar Mitrovic put Serbia 2-1 ahead following Nika Katcharava’s early opener, before the Eintracht Frankfurt man came off the bench to put the seal on the three points. Hamburg’s Filip Kostic, meanwhile, was taken off in the 81st minute.

Austria 2-0 Moldova

David Alaba captained Austria for the first time as Marcel Koller’s side kept their hopes of qualifying alive with victory in Vienna. Heinz Lindner (Frankfurt), Aleksandar Dragovic (Leverkusen), Martin Hinteregger (Augsburg), Zlatko Junuzovic (Werder Bremen), Stefan Ilsanker, Marcel Sabitzer (both RB Leipzig) and Guido Burgstaller (Schalke) all started for the Austrians, while Ingolstadt’s Markus Suttner also made a brief cameo appearance.

Turkey 2-0 Finland

Ömer Toprak and Yunus Malli were named in the starting line-up for Turkey, whose win over Finland keeps them within touching distance of second-place Finland in Group I. Borussia Dortmund’s Emre Mor came on in the 84th minute, while Freiburg defender Caglar Söyüncü was an unused substitute in Antalya.

Kosovo 1-2 Iceland

The UEFA EURO 2016 quarter-finalists climbed above Ukraine into second place in Group I after winning in Kosovo. Augsburg’s Alfred Finnbogason was among the substitutes for the visitors, but failed to make an appearance.

Croatia 1-0 Ukraine

Yevhen Konoplyanka played the full 90 minutes for Ukraine, who drop to third in Group I following a narrow defeat to group leaders Croatia.

Italy 2-0 Albania

Freiburg midfielder Amir Abrashi was an unused substitute for Albania, who were beaten on Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon’s 1000th competitive appearance. Daniele De Rossi and former Dortmund striker Ciro Immobile got the goals for Gian Piero Ventura’s side, who remain level on points with Spain at the top of Group G.

Spain 4-1 Israel

Spain remain above Italy on goal difference following a resounding win. Thiago Alcantara played just over an hour for the hosts, who also named Javi Martinez among the substitutes in Gijon. Almog Cohen played the full 90 minutes for Israel, while Taleb Tawatha came on in the 19th minute following an injury to Eitan Tibi.

International friendlies

Tunisia 0-1 Cameroon

Schalke forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting played the second half of the Indomitable Lions’ win in Tunisia.

Thursday 23 March

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers - Asia

China 1-0 South Korea

Augsburg duo Ja-Cheol Koo and Dong-Won Ji both played the full 90 minutes for South Korea in Changsha, but were unable to prevent their side falling to a shock 1-0 defeat at the hands of China. Syria's surprise win over Uzbekistan means that South Korea remain second in Group A, but they're now four points behind leaders Iran, who claimed a narrow 1-0 victory in Qatar.

Iraq 1-1 Australia

Australia were held to yet another draw in Group B as it finished 1-1 in the Iranian capital Tehran. Ingolstadt's Mathew Leckie put the Socceroos in the driving seat with a first-half header, but Iraq rescued a point through Ahmed Yaseen fourteen minutes from time. Australia remain unbeaten, but they have only managed two wins from six outings and slip to third in the standings.

United Arab Emirates 0-2 Japan

Yuya Osako, Shinji Kagawa and Genki Haraguchi all started for Japan as they saw off the UAE to move level on points with Saudi Arabia at the top of Group B. Yuya Kubo and Yasuyuki Konno got the goals in Al Ain, but Cologne's Osako came close to adding a third for the Samurai Blue with several second-half chances. Takashi Usami and Gotoku Sakai were unused substitutes as it finished 2-0.

Wednesday 22 March

International friendlies

Germany 1-0 England

Former Cologne and Bayern striker Lukas Podolski rounded out his glittering international career with a bang as he scored a sensational winner against England in Dortmund. Coach Joachim Löw handed starts to a host of up-and-coming Bundesliga stars - including Joshua Kimmich, Julian Weigl, Julian Brandt and debutant Timo Werner - but it was 31-year-old Podolski who stole the show on his swansong, firing an unstoppable swerving strike past Joe Hart. A 49th goal for the Polish-born striker in his 130th and final appearance for Die Mannschaft.

Scotland 1-1 Canada

RB Leipzig winger Oliver Burke played the first half for Scotland as they came from behind to draw with Canada in Edinburgh. It was the 19-year-old's fifth appearance for his national side since making his debut almost exactly a year ago, but he is yet to score his maiden international goal.