A 4-0 win over Belarus meant the Germany national team, including BVB stars Nico Schulz and Julian Brandt, secured qualification for next summer's European Championship finals. Elsewhere, Thorgan Hazard got on the scoresheet for Belgium in their clash away to Russia while Jacob Bruun Larsen and Paco Alcácer both provided assists for teammates. Here bvb.de gives you an overview of all the international fixtures with Black & Yellow participation.
Joachim Löw's Germany booked their EURO tickets with a game to spare thanks to a 4-0 win over Belarus in Mönchengladbach. Nico Schulz started at left-back and played the full 90 minutes, while Julian Brandt had to wait until the 68th minute to make an appearance. Germany face Northern Ireland in their final group match on Tuesday. Although their place at next summer's finals is secure, Schulz, Brandt and co. will nonetheless be determined to wrap up top spot in Group C ahead of the Netherlands.
Despite booking their EURO spot during the last international break, the Belgium national team showed no signs of slowing up as they stormed to a 4-1 win away in Russia which confirmed their status as Group I winners. Thorgan Hazard was a stand-out performer for the Red Devils, with the BVB winger giving his side the lead through an eye-catching individual effort. Both Hazard and BVB teammate Axel Witsel played from start to finish in Moscow. Friday evening saw a total of six Black & Yellows in action for their respective national teams and, with the exception of Achraf Hakimi, whose Morocco side drew 0-0 with Mauritania in AFCON qualifying, all of them were able to celebrate wins. Paco Alcácer showed he's on the right track after recent injury problems as he set up one of Spain's goals in their 7-0 thrashing of Malta after coming on as a 53rd minute substitute.
Both Thomas Delaney (whose Denmark side crushed Gibraltar 6-0) and Manuel Akanji (whose Switzerland edged out Georgia 1-0) played the full 90 minutes on Friday. The BVB duo's respective sides are locked in a thrilling race for qualification alongside the Republic of Ireland in Group D, with the deciding matches to be played on Monday night (Gibraltar vs. Switzerland and Republic of Ireland vs. Denmark).
Meanwhile, at U21 level, both Jacob Bruun Larsen and Dan-Axel Zagadou represented their national teams. Bruun Larsen notched up two assists in Denmark's 3-2 victory away to Ukraine while Zagadou's French side won by the same scoreline at home to Georgia. The results mean that both Dortmund men sit atop their respective U21 EURO qualification groups.