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Shattered dream

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Tisserand misses out on World Cup qualification / Clear win for VfL trio with DFB U19s.

The Wolves only international representative in action on Saturday was Marcel Tisserand, who in spite of a win was left to stomach bitter disappointment. Together with the Democratic Republic of Congo, the central defender celebrated a 3-1 (0-0) home win over Guinea in African qualifying Group A, but ultimately failed to claim a qualifying place for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

Turbulent closing phase in Kinshasa

Tunesia went into the final match-day in Group A three points clear of DR Congo and a 0-0 draw for the north Africans in their home clash with Libya was enough for them to book the World Cup ticket. The DR Congo battled to the last gasp against Guinea in their final game and refused to throw in the towel. Following a goal-less first-half, an own-goal from Guinea’s Ousmane Sidibe, in central African Stade de Martyrs Kinshasa put the hosts in front (61'), but just ten minutes later, the visitors were back on level terms with an equaliser from Keita Junior. With the game looking destined to end with the spoils being shared, the Congo, with Tisserand in action over the duration, struck twice in injury-time. Firstly Jonathan Bolingi netted from the penalty-spot (90' + 2), before Neeskens Kebano added a further stunning goal to make the final score 3-1 (90'+3). However, in spite of their massive efforts, the World Cup dreams of the DR Congo were left shattered.

Three late goals

There was a Wolfsburg trio in action on Sunday, who enjoyed a convincing win with a three goal advantage. The VfL representatives Gian-Luca Itter, Davide Itter and Yari Otto maintained a clean-sheet in an ultimate 3-0 (0-0) success away to Cyprus in a friendly U19 international. Romario Roesch (83‘), Luca Herrmann (87') and Ulrich Bapoh (90') were on target for the young German side, for whom Gian-Luca Itter and Yari Otto (both substituted at half-time) were in the starting eleven. Davide Itter was introduced in the 23rd minute and substituted out again in the 46th minute.

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