Schmidt makes his debut for Austria

International game round up: Schmidt’s first game for the senior men’s national side

Romano Schmid on the ball
Romano Schmid made his debut for Austria, coming off the bench for 20 minutes. (Photo: nordphoto).
First Team
Friday, 23.09.2022 / 10:30

Von Marcel Kuhnt

Despite a 2-0 defeat to France, Romano Schmidt had reason to be happy on Thursday evening. Werder’s midfielder celebrated his debut for the Austria senior national team in the UEFA Nations League game in Paris.

The 22-year-old replaced Marcel Sabitzer in the 69th minute at the Stade de France. He could, however, not prevent defeat in the penultimate group game of the UEFA Nations League. Werder captain Marco Friedl did not come on against “Les Bleues” despite featuring on the bench. An ex-Werder player did have something to celebrate though: Marko Arnautovic made his 103rd international appearance for Austria. In doing so, he is now the nation’s joint most capped player ever. He pulled level with another former SVW player in the rankings, Andreas Herzog. An appearance in the home game against Croatia on Sunday would make him the sole record holder.

Again on Friday, Werder midfielder Ilia Gruev is in action on the international stage. His Bulgaria take on Gibraltar. Then on Saturday, Milos Veljkovic and Jiri Pavlenka round off this week’s international action for the Werder squad. Milos’ Serbia face Sweden, whilst Jiri’s Czech Republic must face Portugal.

An overview of the upcoming international fixtures

Friday, 23.09.22

20:45 CEST: Bulgaria – Gibraltar with Ilia Gruev (UEFA Nations League)

Saturday, 24.09.22

12:00 CEST: Italy U19 – Bosnia and Herzegovina U19 with Fabio Chiarodia (U19 European Championship qualification)

16:00 CEST: Germany U19 – Belarus U19 with Mio Backhaus (U19 European Championship qualification)

20:45 CEST: Serbia – Sweden with Milos Veljkovic (UEFA Nations League)

20:45 CEST: Czech Republic – Portugal with Jiri Pavlenka (UEFA Nations League)

Sunday, 25.09.22

20:45 CEST: Austria – Croatia with Marco Friedl and Romano Schmid (UEFA Nations League)

Monday, 26.09.22

20:45 CEST: North Macedonia – Bulgaria with Ilia Gruev (UEFA Nations League)

Tuesday, 27.09.22

14:00 CEST: Poland U19 – Italy U19 with Fabio Chiarodia (U19 European Championship qualification)

16:00 CEST: Germany u19 – Slovakia U19 with Mio Backhaus (U19 European Championship qualification)

20:45 CEST: Norway – Serbia with Milos Veljkovic (UEFA Nations League)

20:45 CEST: Switzerland – Czech Republic (UEFA Nations League)

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