Gacinovic reaches World Cup with Serbia
Three Eagles were in international action on Monday, with highlights including Mijat Gacinovic's Serbia qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia and Lukas Hradecky's Finland continuing their recent unbeaten run.
Although none of the three Eintracht players involved in Monday's international action tasted defeat, Mijat Gacinovic commands top billing after sealing qualification for the 2018 World Cup with Serbia. Gacinovic, who spent the 90 minutes on the bench, watched on as his nation battled to a 1-0 win at home against Georgia in Group D's final game thanks to Aleksandar Prijovic's 74th-minute goal, the victory confirming top spot and Serbia's place in Russia.
For his part, Lukas Hradecky played all 90 minutes of Finland's 2-2 draw with Turkey, in the process becoming the only player to feature in every minute of his nation's World Cup qualifying campaign. Former Eintracht striker Cenk Tosun twice put Turkey ahead in the second half, but Paulus Arajuuri and Joel Pohjanpalo equalised for the hosts on each occasion. Although Finland finished fifth in Group I, Hradecky and his national colleagues ended the qualifying campaign on a high, signing off with four successive games unbeaten.
Aymen Barkok and the Germany U-20 side made it back-to-back wins on Monday, Frank Kramer's tyros overcoming Switzerland by a 2-1 scoreline in Norderstedt. 1. FC Nürnberg youngster Eduard Löwen put Germany ahead after ten minutes, with a 53rd-minute strike from VfL Bochum's Görkem Saglam rendering Neftali Manzambi's late penalty nothing but consolation. Barkok played all 90 minutes on the right of midfield.
On Tuesday, two more Eagles are in international action: Sahverdi Cetin's Germany face Iran in their second group game of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup India 2017 (16:30 CEST kick-off), while Luka Jovic and his Serbia U-21 team-mates welcome Russia (18:00 CEST kick-off). In the early hours of Wednesday, Carlos Salcedo and Mexico meet Honduras (02:00 CEST); El Tri, unbeaten in qualification so far, are guaranteed to top the CONCACAF Hexagonal standings and have long since sealed their place in Russia next summer.