Switzerland have their fate in their own hands again after a 2-0 win over Republic of Ireland. Djibril Sow did not feature but four other Eagles were in international action.

Marijan Cavar (r) played 90 minutes for Bosnia and Herzegovina U21.
Marijan Cavar (r) played 90 minutes for Bosnia and Herzegovina U21.

Although Sow remained on the bench for the 90 minutes, there was an indirect Eintracht connection to the result. Former Frankfurt striker Haris Seferovic opened the scoring for the dominant hosts in the 16th minute, before substitute Edimilson Fernandes, cousin of Eintracht midfielder Gelson, forced the decisive own goal in injury time. The win leaves the Swiss on 11 points, just one behind the second-placed Irish with a game in hand.

Japan march on

Two of Eintracht’s under-21 talents were also involved in European qualifying on Tuesday, but both Marijan Cavar and Dejan Joveljic were on the losing side. Cavar suffered a 2-0 defeat against Germany with Bosnia and Herzegovina, while Joveljic played 72 minutes of Serbia’s 1-0 loss at group leaders Poland. The friendly between Guinea and Chile was equally close, with the West Africans eventually losing 3-2 having taken the lead. Eintracht defender Simon Falette played the whole match.

Things went better for Daichi Kamada in Asian World Cup qualifying as Japan extended their lead at the top of their group with a 3-0 win over Tajikistan in their third fixture. Kamada started again and was replaced by Kensuke Nakai in the 80th minute. Denmark were also comfortable winners, beating Luxembourg 4-0 in a friendly. Frederik Rönnow did not feature.