Lukasz Piszczek rounded off his 12-year international career with Poland by making a farewell appearance against Slovenia in a EURO qualifier on Tuesday evening. Meanwhile, three of his Borussia Dortmund team-mates with most of their international careers still ahead of them netted for their respective countries. BVB.de has all the lowdown from the last international break of the year below.
Lukasz Piszczek represented the Polish national team for the 66th and final time as the Whites & Reds welcomed Slovenia to Warsaw in the final match of their EURO qualifying campaign. The 34-year-old, who was named in the starting XI and substituted shortly before half-time with the score at 1-1, was given a standing ovation from the crowd and a round of applause from his team-mates as he made his way off. The home side went on to win 3-2 and claim top spot in the group on what was an emotional evening of tributes at the Narodowy Stadium.
Over in Group C, Germany wrapped up top spot thanks to a comfortable 6-1 win over Northern Ireland. BVB man Julian Brandt produced an outstanding display, assisting Serge Gnabry for the fourth goal and then scoring the sixth goal himself. Achraf Hakimi carried over his rich vein of goalscoring form at club level onto the international stage as he netted in Morocco's 3-0 win over Burundi, while Jacob Bruun Larsen notched a brace as the Denmark U21s demolished Malta by a 5-1 scoreline.
Meanwhile, Thorgan Hazard, Axel Witsel & Co. picked up their 10th victory in as many qualifiers as they beat Cyprus 6-1 to round off their campaign. Hazard played the full 90 minutes for the Red Devils, while Witsel was rested and remained an unused substitute. The only BVB player to taste defeat over the international break was Dan-Axel Zagadou, who played the full 90 minutes as the France U21s lost 3-1 in Switzerland.