Embolo brought on as a substitute
Switzerland have to qualify for the World Cup through the playoffs after a 2-0 loss away to Portugal. Breel Embolo came off the bench in the 66th minute in Lisbon, at which point the current European champions were already two up through an own goal from former Hamburg player Johan Djourou (41’) and a finish from Andre Silva (57’). It was bitter for Switzerland, who had won all of their previous nine qualifiers. In the end, it came down to Portugal’s superior goal difference since both teams had 27 points.
Harit creates two goals
Amine Harit celebrated his first starting XI appearance for Morocco in a friendly against South Korea. Schalke’s attacking talent played 62 minutes in the 3-1 victory in Biel, Switzerland. The youngster gave an extremely strong performance and made two assists. Oussama Tannane (7’, 11’) and Rachid Alioui (47’) were on the scoresheet for Morocco. Former Leverkusen player Heung-Min Son scored South Korea’s consolation goal in the 66th minute.
Schalke duo beaten in Norway
The Germany U21 team had to accept the first defeat in their Euros qualification campaign after victories against Kosovo and Azerbaijan. Alexander Nübel and Thilo Kehrer were both named in Stefan Kuntz’s starting XI for the 3-1 loss. The match was looking positive for the German youngsters initially after Cedric Teuchert’s opening goal in the 31st minute, but the Scandinavians turned the match in Drammen in their favour throughout the remainder of the game. Both Schalke players played the full 90 minutes.