Pálsson and Churlinov play 90 minutes – Thiaw wins on his U21s debut
Four FC Schalke 04 players were in action for their countries on Thursday evening (2/9). Iceland’s Victor Pálsson and North Macedonia’s Darko Churlinov both played the full 90 minutes in World Cup qualifiers, while Malick Thiaw started in Germany U21s’ first Euro qualifier. Mehmet Can Aydin, meanwhile, came off the bench for Germany U20s in their friendly.
Victor Pálsson lost 2-0 at home against Romania with Iceland. The midfielder started in Reykjavik, with his side going behind just after the break from a Dennis Man goal (47’). Nicolae Stanciu then sealed the win for Romania with seven minutes to play. Iceland are now second bottom in Group J with just three points to their name after four games played.
Churlinov picks up a draw against group leaders
Darko Churlinov and North Macedonia are in a better position in that same group, having picked up seven points so far. They are now sat in third place after drawing 0-0 with group leaders Armenia. Churlinov played the full game in Skopje, however his team couldn’t convert any of their 13 chances despite being on top.
The two Royal Blues will face off in Reykjavik this Sunday (5/9) at 18:00 CEST. After that clash, Iceland will face Germany (8/9, 20:45 CEST) and North Macedonia will play Romania to round off this international break.
Successful debut for Thiaw
Malick Thiaw and Germany U21s enjoyed a good start to their qualification campaign for the next European Championship. Stefan Kuntz’s side ran out 6-0 winners in San Marino, Thiaw making his debut for the reigning European champions. The 20-year-old played 45 minutes, coming off at half-time for Fürth’s Maximilian Bauer with the score at 5-0.
Germany’s goals were scored by Nürnberg’s Tom Krauß (4’), Mainz’s Jonathan Burkardt (19’, 43’), Dortmund’s Youssoufa Moukoko (39’, 41’) and Fürth’s Jamie Leweling (67’). Their next fixture is away to Latvia on Tuesday (7/9, 18:15 CEST).
Aydin victorious with the U20s
Mehmet Can Aydin was also on the winning side for a Germany youth team yesterday. The U20s won 2-0 away to Czech Republic in Jablonec. He came on in the 81st minute for Simon Asta, who made it 1-0 after 70 minutes played. Nick Woltemade’s penalty made it 2-0 with 15 minutes left.
They will next be in action on Monday (6/9) in another friendly against Norway in Zwickau.