Mixed results in Nations League opener
Four Schalke players were in action on Thursday. Suat Serdar, Rabbi Matondo, Ozan Kabak and Ahmed Kutucu were on international duty as their respective countries began their UEFA Nations League campaigns. Schalke04.de summarises all of last night’s international action from a Royal-Blue perspective.
Suat Serdar and the Germany team let victory slip away literally in the last few seconds against Spain, as the opening match of Group 4 saw José Gaya score a 96th minute equaliser from close range to make it 1-1. Serdar made his fourth international appearance in Stuttgart, and the midfielder was substituted off the 74th minute for Ilkay Gündogan. Timo Werner had put Germany ahead with his 51st minute strike, a powerful shot from near the penalty spot into the bottom left corner.
Germany will be back in action again this Sunday (6th September, 20:45 CEST) against Switzerland in Basel.
Kutucu plays 45 minutes, no game time for Kabak
Ahmed Kutucu started in Turkey’s 1-0 loss against Hungary in their first match in Group 3 of the Nations League B. However, the Schalke forward was replaced at half time in Sivas and could only watch on from the bench as Dominik Szoboszlai scored the only goal of the encounter, a spectacular free kick in the 80th minute from 32 yards out. Ozan Kabak, the second Royal Blue in the Turkey squad, was not brought on by national coach Senol Günes.
Turkey’s next test awaits in Belgrade, as they take on Serbia in the second Nations League fixture on Sunday (6th September, 20:45 CEST).
Victory for Matondo and Wales
In Group 4 of the Nations League B, Wales celebrated a 1-0 opening victory in Finland thanks to a Kieffer Moore winner ten minutes before the final whistle. The Cardiff City striker finished from close range following a Daniel James cross. Rabbi Matondo did not make an appearance in Helsinki.
Wales take on Bulgaria in their next game, which kicks off at 15:00 CEST on Sunday (6th September) in Cardiff.