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Forsberg and Poulsen seal World Cup spot

Emil Forsberg and Yussuf Poulsen are going to the World Cup after Sweden and Denmark won their respective playoffs | Timo Werner and Marcel Halstenberg impress for Germany | Bruma mades debut for Portugal | Klostermann and Laimer play for the U21s

Nine Leipzig players were on international duty during the winter break. Emil Forsberg and Yussuf Poulsen are going to the World Cup. Sweden battled past favourites Italy, while Denmark thrashed the Republic of Ireland in the home leg to book their places at Russia 2018. Congratulations, boys!

Timo Werner and Marcel Halstenberg both featured as Germany drew their friendlies against England and France. Meanwhile, Bruma made his debut for Portugal's first team. They may not be going to the World Cup, but Austria put in a strong performance to defeat Uruguay. Marcel Sabitzer played for them. Lukas Klostermann (Germany) and Konrad Laimer (Austria) represented the U21s.  

 Emil Forsberg 

Emil Forsberg played the full 90 in both legs as Sweden overcame Italy to reach the World Cup finals. Sweden took a 1-0 lead into the second leg and held Italy to a 0-0 draw in Milan to progress. Forsberg was voted Man of the Match in the first leg. 

 Yussuf Poulsen 

After a real battle of a first leg, which left the game delicately in the balance, Denmark thrashed Ireland 5-1 to reach the World Cup. Poulsen came on in the 64th minute in the first leg, before starting the home match and setting up Denmark's second goal. Poulsen was subbed off with 20 to go. 

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Timo Werner has scored seven in seven for Germany.
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Marcel Halstenberg made his debut for Germany.

 The German Duo

Joachim Löw's Germany were pencilled in for two tricky friendlies for this international break. First up were England on Friday, a stalemate in which both sides might have nicked it. On Tuesday, Germany came from behind twice to draw 2-2 against France.

Marcel Halstenberg made his debut against England, impressing in his offensive work. He plyed the full 90. Timo Werner was subbed off after 73 minutes against England and then netted Germany's first against France to make it 1-1

 The Austria Duo 

Austria went some way to relieving their World Cup blues by beating Uruguay 2-1 in a friendly on Tuesday. Leipzig's Marcel Sabitzer opened the scoring in the fifth minute and was later subsituted in the final minute of normal time. 

Konrad Laimer and Austria U21s are playing to qualify for the U21 European Championship. Austria opened the international break, losing 3-1 against Serbia but then made good by waltzing past Macedonia, that game finishing 4-0. Laimer captained his side in both games and also scored against both Serbia and Macedonia. 

 Bruma

Portugal secured their World Cup spot after beating Switzerland 2-0 to top the group. Bruma earned his first call-up for Portugal, making his debut in the 3-0 win against Saudi Arabia. Our attacking all-rounder made his full debut in Portugal's next match, a 1-1 draw against the US. 

 Lukas Klostermann

It was a successful outing for Germany U21s. Stefan Kuntz's side smacked Azerbaijan 7-0 before triumphing 5-2 against Israel. Lukas Klostermann played the full 90 against both teams, scoring one in each game. 

 

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