Wolfsburg’s international players were involved in the second round of UEFA Nations League fixtures between Sunday and Tuesday. Read on to find out how the Wolves and their respective sides got on.
Joy and frustration
Koen Casteels’ delight over his debut for Belgium on Tuesday lasted just 55 minutes. The VfL goalkeeper was caught on the head by the arm of Iceland’s Jon Fjoluson in an aerial challenge and had to be replaced by Simon Mignolet. The ‘Red Devils’ ran out clear 5-1 winners in the end and extended their lead at the top of League A Group 2.
Sub Brekalo on the scoresheet
Despite Croatia’s 4-2 defeat in France, it was not all bad for VfL winger Josip Brekalo. After coming on for Ante Rebic at the half-time break, the 22-year-old briefly levelled the score at 2-2 in the 55th minute. Croatia sit bottom of League A Group 3 without a point after two games.
Schlager gets another 90 minutes
On Monday evening, Austria slipped up away to Romania, who replaced them at the top of League B Group 1 following a 3-2 victory. Wolves midfielder Xaver Schlager played the full match, as he did in the previous win over Norway, while Pavao Pervan was an unused substitute.
Steffen starts, Mbabu misses out
Switzerland claimed a commendable 1-1 draw in their clash with Germany on Sunday night. Renato Steffen completed the full 90 minutes but VfL teammate Kevin Mbabu had to sit out due to injury. The ‘Nati’ remain bottom of League A Group 4 after the opening two matches, one point behind Joachim Löw’s side.
Tuesday evening also saw the U21 EURO qualifier between Poland and Russia, where new Wolves signing Bartosz Bialek watched on as his team registered a 1-0 victory.