06.09.2020
First Team

Delight and disappointment

VfL’s internationals racked up three wins and two defeats between them.

The various Wolves on international duty enjoyed mixed fortunes in the first round of UEFA Nations League group matches.

Mbabu and Steffen on the losing end

Kevin Mbabu and Renato Steffen began Switzerland’s Group 4 campaign in UEFA Nations League A with a 2-1 defeat away to Ukraine. Mbabu played the entire match, while Steffen came on in the second half. Switzerland face Germany this evening (Sunday, 20:45 CEST kick-off) in Basel, and already find themselves under pressure to get a result.

Victory for Schlager and Pervan

VfL’s Austrian duo Xaver Schlager and Pavao Pervan fared better as their side beat Norway 2-1 in Oslo on Friday. Schlager played the full 90 minutes, while Pervan was an unused substitute in what was an historic win. Austria are back in action in Group 1 of UEFA Nations League B on Monday, hosting Romania in Klagenfurt (20:45 CEST kick-off).

Brekalo in the starting line-up

There was less to celebrate for Josip Brekalo on Saturday, whose Croatia team went down 4-1 to Portugal in Group 3 of UEFA Nations League A. Brekalo started the match and was replaced in the 61st minute by Ivan Perisic. Things will not get any easier for the Croats on Tuesday 8 September when they travel to Paris to face France.

Casteels an unused substitute

Wolves goalkeeper Koen Casteels watched on from the bench on Saturday evening as Belgium won 2-0 away to Denmark in Group 2 of UEFA Nations League A. Their next match is on Tuesday 8 September at home to Iceland in Brussels.

Bialek sees some action

New VfL recruit Bartosz Bialek enjoyed a comfortable win on Friday with the Poland U21 team, who thumped Estonia 6-0 away in their European Championship qualifier. Bialek came on in the 68th minute, and the 18-year-old will be hoping for more playing time in the Poles’ next Group 5 match at home to Russia on Tuesday 8 September.

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