Widmer and Switzerland lay down a marker
An overview of the experiences of the Zerofivers currently on international duty
Five players from the Mainz Bundesliga squad have been away with their national teams over the last few days during this international break. While Karim Onisiwo (Austria) and Leandro Barreiro (Luxemburg) have already played two Nations League games, Silvan Widmer (Switzerland), Jae-sung Lee (South Korea) and Ben Bobzien (Germany U20) will still be busy with their respective international teams until Tuesday.
Onisiwo relegated with Austria, Barreiro and Luxemburg celebrate second place
Onisiwo and the Austria national team met France in the Nations League last Thursday, losing 2-0 to the current World Cup winners, with Onisiwo playing a good hour of the game. On Sunday evening, the team followed this result up with a 3-1 defeat to Croatia, with the Mainz forward only coming on for the last 10 minutes or so. As a result of these two winless games, Austria have been relegated from Nations League A into Nations League B.
The Luxemburg national team and Mainz midfielder Barreiro enjoyed a successful few days. Firstly, in a draw against the favourites Turkey in Istanbul, having led the game three times, and then on Sunday evening in defeating Lithuania 1-0 to finish second in their Nations League C group behind Turkey. Barreiro played the full 90 minutes in both games and got the assist for Luxemburg's late winner against Lithuania.
Widmer, Lee and Bobzien could yet play again
Mainz captain Silvan Widmer played the whole 90 minutes during Switzerland’s 2-1 win away against Spain. On Tuesday evening, the team play the Czech Republic at home. Lee did not appear during South Korea’s 2-2 draw with Costa Rica, and will hope to feature when South Korea play Cameroon in Seoul on Tuesday. Germany U20 international Bobzien was subbed on for the last half an hour in Germany’s game against Poland and helped to turn around a 1-0 deficit, with the team eventually running out 2-1 winners. This Monday, the Germany U20 team play host to Romania.