Marvin Ducksch fulfilled his childhood dream on Saturday evening by making his debut for the Germany national team, after being brought on in the 82nd minute of the friendly fixture against Turkey. The dream duo of Ducksch and former Green-White Niclas Füllkrug was reunited on the pitch for the 3-2 defeat. If anyone had mentioned the possibility of this happening two years ago when Werder were still in the 2. Bundesliga, they would have just been laughed at. Frank Baumann was full of praise about the pair’s development at yesterday's general meeting. “No one ever thought it would be possible for two ‘ugly caterpillars’ to transform into two beautiful butterflies.” The forwards will likely make another appearance together in Germany’s upcoming friendly against Austria on Tuesday (20:45 CET).
Nick Woltemade had an equally successful week with the Germany U21s. After being substituted on in the 64th minute, the attacker was able to help his side secure a 4-1 win over Estonia. In order to earn their spot at the U21s EURO in 2024, Germany will have to beat current group leaders Poland on Tuesday.
Rafael Borré was able to help Colombia come out on top in an emotional 2-1 win over Brazil in their battle for World Cup qualification as he played 68 minutes. As a result, his side overtook Brazil and Venezuela in the table and are currently sat in third place. The final fixture of the current international break will see Colombia face Paraguay on Wednesday. If Uruguay and Argentina both lose, Colombia could be in with a chance of climbing to the top of the table.