Five FSV players are currently away on international duty with their national teams. Before they return to team training with Mainz to prepare for the away game at TSG Hoffenheim on Sunday (17:30 CET), here’s an overview of the results from their international fixtures.
Barreiro’s Luxembourg miss out on direct qualification for EURO 2024
Leandro Barreiro’s Luxembourg side have done what they needed to do and picked up two wins in the international break. On Thursday, they defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina 4-1, before finishing off their qualifying campaign with a 1-0 win against Liechtenstein. Barreiro played the full 180 minutes over the two games. Despite this, their dream of direct qualification for the EUROs is over. They do though still have the chance to qualify for the finals in Germany through the play-offs in March.
Jae-sung Lee also enjoyed a successful outing, starting for South Korea in World Cup qualifying and helping them to a convincing 5-0 win over Singapore. On Tuesday (13:00 CET), Jürgen Klinsmann’s side face China.
Two games, two wins: Barreiro’s Luxembourg are still in with a chance of EURO qualification (photo: IMAGO/Gerry Schmit).
Fernandes sees red, Mwene’s Austria face Germany
Edimilson Fernandes’ Switzerland have already qualified for EURO 2024. Despite two draws against Israel (1-1), when Fernandes was sent off for a foul in injury time, and against Kosovo (1-1), Switzerland will take part in a World Cup or European Championship finals for the sixth time in a row. On Tuesday evening (20:45 CET), Switzerland face Romania in Bucharest.
Phillipp Mwene is meanwhile on international duty with Austria. Head coach Ralf Rangnick’s team have also already qualified for the EUROs, but were still pleased with their 2-0 win over Estonia last Thursday. Mwene did not appear, but he could do so on Tuesday evening (20:45 CET) against Germany.
Gruda with the Germany U21 side ahead of their match against Estonia (photo: IMAGO/Sven Simon).
Gruda impresses with the U21s
Brajan Gruda is currently away with Germany U21s. They comfortably won 4-1 in their European Championship qualifier against Estonia in Paderborn on Friday evening. Gruda started the match and stood out with his quality. The technically-gifted Mainz player created multiple good chances while linking up with Dortmund’s Youssoufa Moukoko, who struck the woodwork twice. Antonio Di Salvo’s team are in action in EURO qualifying again on Tuesday evening (18:00 CET) against Poland in Essen.