Eduardo Vargas (r.) of Hoffenheim scored twice and Bayern midfielder Arturo Vidal (top) featured as Chile beat Peru to make it two wins from two in qualifying for World Cup 2018 on Tuesday - © © imago
Eduardo Vargas (r.) of Hoffenheim scored twice and Bayern midfielder Arturo Vidal (top) featured as Chile beat Peru to make it two wins from two in qualifying for World Cup 2018 on Tuesday - © © imago

October internationals: Bundesliga stars in action

Cologne - As ever, the international break means that a whole host of Bundesliga stars will be representing their nations in all corners of the globe.

Accordingly, here's's overview of both how the German top flight's stars have been getting on, and what's next on the agenda...

UEFA EURO 2016 qualifiers

Thursday, 8 October

Group D

Republic of Ireland 0-1 Germany

Nine Bundesliga stars lined up for the world champions, who dominated proceedings but suffered a narrow defeat to a feisty Republic of Ireland side. Thomas Müller and Marco Reus impressed for the world champions, who must now avoid defeat to Georgia on Sunday after Shane Long's 70th-minute goal.

Scotland 2-2 Poland

Robert Lewandowski moved clear of Müller at the top of the EURO 2016 qualifying scoring charts with a brace in Glasgow. The FC Bayern München striker's injury-time finish kept Poland's hopes of featuring in France next summer alive. Borussia Dortmund's Lukasz Piszczek also featured from the start.

Group F

Romania 1-1 Finland

Eintracht Frankfurt's Lukas Hradecky conceded late on as Finland's chances of qualifying were dashed at the hands of Romania. Fortuna Düsseldorf's Joel Pohjanpalo had given the visitors the lead, but Romania, for whom VfB Stuttgart's Alexandru Maxim was a second-half substitute moved into second with the point.

Northern Ireland 3-1 Greece

Dortmund's Sokratis Papastathopoulos's side struggled in Belfast, going down 3-1 to Northern Ireland, who qualified for their first major tournament since 1986.

Group I

Portugal 1-0 Denmark

Portugal sealed qualification with victory over Denmark. FC Schalke 04's Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg, VfL Wolfsburg's Nicklas Bendtner and RB Leipzig's Yussuf Poulsen all featured for the visitors, who are dependent on other results for qualification.

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers


Colombia 2-0 Peru Neither Eintracht Frankfurt's Carlos Zambrano, nor SV Werder Bremen's Claudio Pizarro played the full 90 minutes as both ended up on the losing side.

Chile 2-0 Brazil In a fixture boasting six Bundesliga stars in the starting line-ups, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim's Eduardo Vargas opened the scoring as Copa America 2015 winners Chile triumphed over a Brazil side featuring VfL Wolfsburg's Luiz Gustavo and FC Bayern München's Douglas Costa.


Syria 0-3 Japan Borussia Dortmund's Shinji Kagawa featured as Japan struck three times in the second half to beat Syria. Keisuke Honda opened the scoring for the Samurai Blue before former Bundesliga stars Shinji Okazaki and Takashi Usami sealed victory late on.

Kuwait 0-1 South Korea FC Augsburg's Ja-Cheol Koo struck the only goal of the game in the 12th minute as South Korea picked up a fourth win in as many games in qualifying for Russia 2018.


France 4-0 Armenia

Henrikh Mkhitaryan captained Armenia, who suffered defeat at the hands of next summer's hosts.

Friday, 9 October


Group C:

Slovakia 0-1 Belarus

1. FC Köln defender Dusan Svento played the full 90 minutes for Slovakia, who missed the chance to seal their place at EURO 2016. Svento and Co must now beat Luxembourg on Monday to secure qualification to next year's tournament in France.

Group E:

England 2-0 Estonia

FC Augsburg centre-back Ragnar Klavan was powerless to prevent Estonia succumbing to defeat against England at Wembley Stadium. The loss all but ends Estonia's hopes of qualifying for EURO 2016.

Switzerland 7-0 San Marino

Admir Mehmedi and Johan Djourou were both on target in Switzerland's comfortable victory against San Marino which seals die Nati's place at next year's finals. Roman Bürki, Ricardo Rodriguez, Josip Drmic and Fabian Schär were also included in the Swiss' starting XI by head coach Vladimir Petkovic.

Group G:

Liechtenstein 0-2 Sweden

Hamburger SV midfielder Albin Ekdal played 66 minutes of Sweden's win in Liechtenstein on Friday evening. The Swedes are now guaranteed a play-off place, but need Russia to lose to Montenegro on Monday to keep alive their hopes of a top-two finish.

Montenegro 2-3 Austria

Five Bundesliga players were named in the Austria starting line-up as Marcel Koller's side came back from 2-1 down to win in Montenegro. FC Bayern München star David Alaba and SV Werder Bremen's Zlatko Junuzovic were both taken off after 82 minutes, while VfB Stuttgart pair Florian Klein and Martin Harnik and 1. FSV Mainz 05's Julian Baumgartlinger all played the full 90 minutes.


Morocco 0-1 Cote d'Ivoire

Hertha Berlin ace Salomon Kalou set up Seydou Doumbia's winning goal in the Elephants' narrow win in Agadir. Eintracht Frankfurt's Constant Djakpa and Stuttgart's Serey Die also featured for the West African outfit.

Tunisia 3-3 Gabon

Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang maintained his sensational scoring form in Gabon's entertaining draw with Tunisia. The forward, who has scored in each of BVB's eight league matches so far this term, found the net with a first-half penalty at the Stade Olympique de Rades.

Saturday, 10 October

UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying

Group A:

Kazakhstan 1-2 Netherlands

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was instrumental as the Netherlands secured a vital away win in Astana. The FC Schalke 04 man teed up his side's second goal for Wesley Sneijder to score before being substituted off in the 87th minute.

Czech Republic 0-2 Turkey

Bayer 04 Leverkusen's Hakan Calhanoglu got on the scoresheet in Prague, a victory which means Turkey need a point on the final Matchday to confirm third place and a play-off spot. TSG 1899 Hoffenheim's Pavel Kaderabek and Hertha Berlin's Vladimir Darida completed 90 minutes for the hosts, who have already qualified.

Group B:

Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-0 Wales

Hamburger SV's Emir Spahic helped the hosts to a clean sheet in Zrnica before Hertha's Vedad Ibisevic rounded off the win with a late goal. Ermin Bicakcic featured late on from the bench.

Group H:

Norway 2-0 Malta

Per Skjelbred started as Norway brushed Malta aside in Oslo. His Hertha Berlin team-mate Rune Jarstein was on the bench, as was Borussia Mönchengladbach's Havard Nordtveit.


USA 2-3 Mexico

Bayer 04 Leverkusen star Javier Hernandez scored Mexico's crucial first goal as they overcame the USA in extra-time to win the CONCACAF Cup and qualify for the Confederations Cup in Russia in two years' time.

Sunday, 11 October

UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying:

Group D:

Germany 2-1 Georgia

A host of Bundesliga stars featured in Germany's victory over Georgia in Leipzig. FC Bayern München's Thomas Müller and VfL Wolfsburg's Max Kruse scored the goals.

Click here for the match report.

Poland 2-1 Republic of Ireland

Robert Lewandowski not only secured Poland's participation at the EUROs next summer but equalled yet another record. The FC Bayern München striker's goal before half-time to make it 2-1 was the 13th of this qualifying campaign, moving level with David Healy's 13 goals from UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying. Borussia Dortmund's Lukasz Piszczek and 1. FC Köln's Pawel Olkowski also featured.

Read more about Lewandowski's recent record-breaking feats here.

Group F:

Greece 4-3 Hungary

Bundesliga defensive duo Sokratis Papastathopoulos (Dortmund) and Konstantinos Stafylidis (FC Augsburg) featured as Greece picked up their first win of qualifying in their final game. Stafylidis was brought off in the 34th minute after scoring the opening goal.

Faroe Islands 0-3 Romania

VfB Stuttgart's Alexandru Maxim, brought on in the 78th minute, found the net as Romania sealed their fifth qualification for the European Championships in style.

Finland 1-1 Northern Ireland

Finland, whose draw on Thursday with Romania prevented qualification, ended with a draw against Northern Ireland in Helsinki. Eintracht Frankfurt's Lukas Hradecky, Fortuna Düsseldorf's Joel Pohjanpalo and 1. FC Kaiserslautern's Alexander Ring all played some part.

Group I:

Armenia 0-3 Albania

Borussia Dortmund's Henrikh Mkhitaryan completed 90 minutes as Armenia concluded a disappointing qualification campaign. Albania, meanwhile, with SC Freiburg's Amir Abrashi involved, qualified for the EUROs for the first time.

Monday, 12 October

UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying:

Group C:

Ukraine 0-1 Spain

Bayern midfielder Thiago Alcantara played the full 90 minutes as reigning European champions Spain won their final qualifying game 1-0. The Spaniards had already booked their ticket to France 2016 as group leaders.

Luxembourg 2-4 Slovakia

1. FC Köln midfielder Dusan Svento played from start to finish as Slovakia booked their place at a European Championship finals for the first time as an independent nation.

Group E:

Estonia 0-1 Switzerland

A handful of Bundesliga regulars, including Gladbach’s Granit Xhaka, Leverkusen’s Admir Mehmedi and Augsburg goalkeeper Marwin Hitz, helped Switzerland round off their campaign on a high with a 1-0 in Estonia. The Swiss had little but pride to play for, as they had already booked their place at EURO 2016 and were guaranteed second spot in the standings behind England. A late own-goal by Augsburg defender Ragnar Klavan sealed the points for the visitors.

San Marino 0-2 Slovenia

Augsburg forward Tim Matavz came on as a second-half substitute to help Slovenia secure victory away to European minnows San Marino and a place in the play-offs.

Group G:

Austria 3-0 Liechtenstein

Bayern's David Alaba helped Austria finish their qualifying campaign on a high note by topping the pool undefeated in ten games. A number of other Bundesliga stars, including Zlatko Junuzovic Werder Bremen), Julian Baumgartlinger (Mainz 05) and Martin Harnik (Stuttgart), also featured in the victory in Vienna.

Sweden 2-0 Moldova

Hamburger SV midfielder Albin Ekdal and Mainz left-back Pierre Bengtsson were unused substitutes as Sweden secured a place in the play-offs thanks to a comfortable win over Moldova.


Gabon 1-2 DR Congo

Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang played the whole 90 minutes, but could do nothing to prevent his country slipping to defeat in a game played in Belgium.

Tuesday, 13 October

UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying:

Group A:

Netherlands 2-3 Czech Republic

The Netherlands will be absent from EURO 2016 after this defeat left them fourth in the Group A standings. Schalke’s Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored for the Dutch in Amsterdam, while Wolfsburg’s Bas Dost made an appearance off the bench. However, they were unable to fight back against a Czech side that included Bremen defender Theo Gebre Selassie and Hertha’s Vladimir Darida. The victory means the visitors topped the group ahead of Iceland.

Turkey 1-0 Iceland

Bayer 04 Leverkusen attacker Hakan Calhanoglu played 72 minutes of Turkey’s 10 triumph over Iceland. The Turks scored a vital 89th minute winner that means they qualify automatically for next year’s continental showdown as the best third-placed team in qualifying.

Group B:

Cyprus 2-3 Bosnia-Herzegovina

A host of Bundesliga players including Emir Spahic, Vedad Ibisevic, Ermin Bicakcic and Mensur Mujdza helped Bosnia and Herzegovina book a place in the play-offs by virtue of victory away to Cyprus. The win took them on to 14 points, one above Israel, who lost to Belgium.

Group H:

Malta 0-1 Croatia

Veteran Hamburger SV striker Ivica Olic came on as a second-half substitute to help Croatia gain automatic qualification thanks to a 1-0 victory away to Malta. The win lifted them above Norway into second place behind group winners Italy.

Italy 2-1 Norway

A Norway side captained by Hertha Berlin midfielder Per Skjelbred looked set to pull of an upset in Italy by leading 1-0 for much of the match in Rome, but the hosts fought back to win. The result left Norway in third place, meaning they will have to go through the play-offs to reach France 2016.

FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying:

Brazil 3-1 Venezuela

Douglas Costa and Luiz Gustavo started as the five-time World Cup winners won their second match in qualifying with an ultimately comfortable victory. Wolfsburg’s Gustavo played the entirety, while Bayern’s Costa was withdrawn after 76 minutes.

Peru 3-4 Chile

Hoffenheim’s Eduardo Vargas scored a brace for Chile to help the 2015 Copa America winners continue their perfect start on the road to Russia. Bayern midfielder Arturo Vidal played 65 minutes for Chile, with Mainz defender Gonzalo Jara on for the entire game, Hamburg midfielder Marcelo Diaz playing 54 minutes and Hannover full-back Miiko Albornoz an unused substitute.

Frankfurt defender Carlos Zambrano played the entire 90 minutes for the home side, while Bremen’s veteran striker Claudio Pizarro was an unused substitute. The hosts' goals were scored by erstwhile Bundesliga players Jefferson Farfan, formerly of FC Schalke 04, and Jose Paolo Guerrero, once of Bayern and Hamburger SV.


South Korea 3-0 Jamaica

Dong-Won Ji scored one and set-up another before being replaced in the second-half of South Korea's comfortable win over Jamaica. Team-mate Jeong-Ho Hong also featured in the starting line-up while fellow FC Augsburg representative Ja-Cheol Koo and Borussia Dortmund's Joo-Ho Park had to settle for making appearances off the bench.

Iran 1-1 Japan

1. FSV Mainz 05's Yoshinori Muto scored a second-half equaliser and was joined in the starting line-up by Hamburger SV's Gotoku Sakai, Eintracht Frankfurt's Makoto Hasebe, Borussia Dortmund's Shinji Kagawa. Hertha Berlin's Genki Haraguchi came on in the 59th minute to replace former TSG 1899 Hoffenheim midfielder Takashi Usami.

USA 0-1 Costa Rica

Bundesliga 2 striking duo Bobby Wood of 1. FC Union Berlin and Andrew Wooten of SV Sandhausen came off the bench in New Jersey. Wood played the second half, while Wooten was introduced for his international debut on 72 minutes.