Our Red Bulls' international fortunes

Sesko scores screamer, Austria relegated

The international break is over after a few of our boys served up moments to remember. Benjamin Sesko and Strahinja Pavlovic, in particular, were able to shine in the UEFA Nations League. We have summarised for you how our Red Bulls got on with their national teams in recent days.

  • Nicolas Seiwald (played 90 minutes twice) and Max Wöber (90 minutes v France) appeared for Austria in the UEFA Nations League against Croatia and France. The Austrian national team were relegated from Group A, however, after suffering 1-3 and 0-2 defeats.
    Andreas Ulmer received a call-up but suffered a stomach bug and left the camp before the matches.
  • Samson Baidoo captained Austria U19 in their first round of European qualifying. The young Austrians began with a 2-0 win against Lithuania, with UEFA Youth League team-mate Luka Reischl scoring the first goal. That was followed by a goalless draw against Latvia and a defeat against Romania. The European championships are therefore already out of reach.
  • Sekou Koita was in the Mali national squad like our on-loan youngsters Nene Dorgeles and Daouda Guindo but did not appear in a friendly match against Zambia (a 1-0 win).
  • Amar Dedic and the Bosnia-Herzegovina national team earned promotion to Group A of the UEFA Nations League with a 1-0 win against Montenegro. They then had a 1-4 defeat to Romania in a dead rubber. Our right-back played the full 90 minutes both times and provided the assist for the goal against Romania.
  • Strahinja Pavlovic was in Serbia's UEFA Nations League squad. Our defensive stalwart had to watch a 4-1 win against Sweden, but he started against Norway and kept Erling Haland and Co quiet in a 2-0 victory. The six points in the past two matches helped Serbia to earn promotion to Group A in the Nations League.
  • Maurits Kjaergaard's Denmark U21 contested a play-off for European qualification against Croatia with Roko Simic and Luka Sucic. The Croats gained the upper hand in the first leg with a 2-1 win, while the Danes raced into a 2-0 lead in the second leg. A Simic assist helped the Croats to grab a goal back, forcing the tie into a penalty shoot-out that they then won. Kjaergaard and Sucic (who took and scored a penalty in the shoot-out) started both games, while Simic came on as a substitute both times.
  • Benjamin Sesko starred for Slovenia in the UEFA Nations League. He won a battle of the star strikers against Erling Haland and Norway - setting up the equaliser and scoring the winning goal in the 81st minute in a 2-1 victory. He netted in the opening minutes of a 1-1 draw against Sweden - and in what style! The dream goal also had the significance of securing Slovenia's status in Group B.
  • Ignace Van der Brempt was in the Belgium U21 starting XI for friendly matches against the Netherlands (1-2) and France (1-1).
  • Nico Mantl was on international duty with Germany U21. He was a substitute in the friendly match against France, and our goalie had to leave the camp before the game against England due to a flu-like infection.
  • Lucas Gourna-Douath was in action for France U20. His team took two draws in two friendly matches against Tunisia (0-0 and 1-1), while the young French team were beaten 1-3 in a friendly match by Club de Tunis.