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03.21.2019

Kramaric fires Croatia to victory in EURO qualifiers

A wonder goal from the Hoffenheim star was enough to give the World Cup runners-up a 2-1 win over Azerbaijan. For the other Hoffenheim players, however, it wasn't such an auspicious start to the international break: an Austria side containing Florian Grillitsch and Stefan Posch lost 1-0 at home to Poland, while Adam Szalai and the Hungarian national team were defeated 2-0 in Slovakia.

It certainly wasn't the easiest way to get their EURO qualification campaign underway, but after a furious finale, World Cup runners-up Croatia ultimately came away with a win. The hard-fought 2-1 victory over Azerbaijan was in large part down to the efforts of one man: TSG star Andrej Kramaric. The referee's watch was at 79 minutes and the scoreboard read 1-1 when the front-man received the ball out on the left. He duly cut inside before sending a spectacular lob soaring into the far-corner. It was a genuine wonder goal, which brought forth scenes of jubilation in Zagreb and secured a valuable three points for Croatia on their road to the finals. 

DEFEATS FOR GRILLITSCH, POSCH AND SZALAI 

The Austrian national team went into their EURO qualification campaign with high hopes, but their first match proved to be a sobering experience as they went down 1-0 to Poland in Vienna. Florian Grillitsch was substituted after 84 minutes. Stefan Posch was named in the squad for the first time, but will have to wait another day to receive his first cap. 

It was also a disappointing evening for Adam Szalai. The TSG striker's Hungary side left Slovakia on the receiving end of a 2-0 defeat in their opening match of the qualifiers. 

AMIRI AND NELSON IMPRESS 

It was a night to remember for Nadiem Amiri as he was part of the Germany U21 side that drew 2-2 with France. It was an exceptional match, featuring an impressive comeback from the young French side after going behind 2-0 before half-time. The young Hoffenheim star was substituted after 63 minutes alongside seven (!) fellow players.  

Reiss Nelson was also in action for his country on Thursday evening. The England U21 international played 72 minutes of a 1-1 draw with Poland, providing the assist for the goal that gave his side the lead.

SCHULZ: ''LOOKING FORWARD TO NETHERLANDS CLASH''

Nico Schulz was in action for Germany on Wednesday, coming off the bench deep into stoppage time in their 1-1 friendly draw with Serbia. Schulz will be hoping for more playing time on Sunday (20:45 CET) when Germany kick off their EURO 2020 qualifiers against the Netherlands in Amsterdam. "I'm very happy to come on and play another international – even if it was only short. Now I'm looking forward to the Netherlands clash."

Friday and Saturday will see more Hoffenheim players representing their countries in international fixtures.

OVERVIEW OF ALL INTERNATIONAL FIXTURES INVOLVING TSG PLAYERS:

 

Nico Schulz – Germany

International friendly, Wednesday 20 March, 20:45, Wolfsburg: Germany 1-1 Serbia

EURO qualifier, Sunday 24 March, 20:45, Amsterdam: Netherlands vs. Germany

Stefan Posch – Austria

EURO qualifier, Thursday 21 March, 20:45, Vienna: Austria 0-1 Poland

EURO qualifier, Sunday 24 March, 18:00, Haifa: Israel vs. Austria

Florian Grillitsch – Austria

EURO qualifier, Thursday 21 March, 20:45, Vienna: Austria 0-1 Poland

EURO qualifier, Sunday 24 March, 18:00, Haifa: Israel vs. Austria

Pavel Kaderabek – Czech Republic

EURO qualifier, Friday 22 March, 20:45, London: England vs. Czech Republic

International friendly, Tuesday 26 March, 20:45, Prague: Czech Republic vs. Brazil

Ishak Belfodil – Algeria

Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, Friday 22 March, 18:00, Blida: Algeria vs. Gambia

International friendly, Tuesday 26 March, 18:00, Algiers: Algeria vs. Tunisia

Andrej Kramaric – Croatia

EURO qualifier, Thursday 21 March, 20:45, Zagreb: Croatia 2-1 Azerbaijan

EURO qualifier, Sunday 24 March, 18:00, Budapest: Hungary vs. Croatia

Ermin Bicakcic – Bosnia & Herzegovina

EURO qualifier, Saturday 23 March, 20:45, Sarajevo: Bosnia & Herzegovina vs. Armenia

EURO qualifier, Tuesday 26 March, 20:45, Zenica: Bosnia & Herzegovina vs. Greece

Adam Szalai – Hungary

EURO qualifier, Thursday 21 March, 20:45, Trnava: Slovakia 2-0 Hungary

EURO qualifier, Sunday 24 March, 18:00, Budapest: Hungary vs. Croatia

Kasim Adams – Ghana

Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, Saturday 23 March, Accra: Ghana vs. Kenya

International friendly, Tuesday 26 March, Accra: Ghana vs. Rwanda

Nadiem Amiri – Germany U21s

U21 friendly, Thursday 21 March, 18:30, Essen: Germany U21s 2-2 France U21s

U21 friendly, Tuesday 26 March, 20:45, Bournemouth: England U21s vs. Germany U21s

Reiss Nelson – England U21s

U21 friendly, Thursday 21 March, 19:45, Bristol: England U21s 1-1 Poland U21s

U21 friendly, Tuesday 26 March, 20:45, Bournemouth: England U21s vs. Germany U21s

Alfons Amade – Germany U20s

U20 friendly, Friday 22 March, 20:30, Sandhausen: Germany U20s vs. Portugal U20s

U20 friendly, Tuesday 26 March, 18:00, Bielsko-Biala: Poland U20s vs. Germany U20s

David Otto – Germany U20s

U20 friendly, Friday 22 March, 20:30, Sandhausen: Germany U20s vs. Portugal U20s

U20 friendly, Tuesday 26 March, 18:00, Bielsko-Biala: Poland U20s vs. Germany U20s

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