VfL internationals end Nations League group stage on a high.
The majority of VfL’s international players enjoyed a successful end to the UEFA Nations League group stage. Find out how the Wolves stars and their respective sides got on in our round-up.
Promotion for Austrian duo
There was delight for VfL’s Austrian duo Pavao Pervan and Xaver Schlager, who were named in the starting line-up for their country’s final group match. The 1-1 draw with Norway in Vienna clinched Austria’s promotion to Nations League A.
Croatia survive by skin of their teeth
Croatia narrowly avoided relegation from Group A3 despite losing 3-2 to Portugal in their final group game in Split. Marin Pongracic was unavailable after being tested positive for coronavirus, while Josip Brekalo was brought on in the 64th minute.
Switzerland game postponed
Switzerland’s encounter with Ukraine was called off by UEFA after several visiting players tested positive for coronavirus. As a result, neither Renato Steffen nor Admir Mehmedi were in action on Tuesday evening. UEFA are set to decide on how the result will be determined – or whether to play the game at a later date.
Casteels and Belgium reach Final Four
Belgium beat closest pursuers Denmark 4-2 at home to qualify for the finals tournament as comfortable Group A2 winners. VfL goalkeeper Koen Casteels was an unused substitute in Leuven.
U21s: Baku clinches EURO spot
It has been an exciting few days for VfL summer signing Ridle Baku. After playing the full 90 minutes on his senior debut for Germany in last week’s 1-0 win over Czech Republic, the 22-year-old right-back helped the under-21s qualify for next summer’s European Championships in Slovenia and Hungary with a 2-1 victory over Wales.
Bialek wonder strike keeps Polish hopes alive
Bartosz Bialek and Poland’s under-21s also remain in contention for a place at the 2021 EURO. The 19-year-old, who played 62 minutes of his team’s 3-1 win over Latvia in Lodz, opened the scoring three minutes into the second half with a truly stunning strike, sending the ball into the left-hand corner with an eye-catching scissor-kick.
Brooks on the bench
Wolves centre-back John Anthony Brooks did not feature in USA’s friendly against Panama in Vienna on Monday, which ended in a comfortable 6-2 victory for the Stars and Stripes.