International Watch: Gnabry scores brace

Serge Gnabry
Serge Gnabry

Serge Gnabry has been in sparkling form for Germany in Brazil and impressed again in the victory over Fiji in Belo Horizonte on Wednesday night.

Find out how Serge Gnabry, Takumo Asano and Joao Virginia perform in Rio for their countries.  


Serge Gnabry GermanySerge Gnabry
Wednesday, August 10, Germany 10-0 Fiji
Sunday, August 7, Germany 3-3 South Korea 
Thursday, August 4, Mexico 2-2 Germany
Serge Gnabry scored twice in Germany’s 10-0 win against Fiji in Rio. The forward broke the deadlock in the eighth minute before Nils Petersen and Max Meyer made it three by the half-hour mark. Petersen then scored twice more in the first half to complete his hat-trick, while Gnabry struck again moments before the break. Meyer soon completed his hat-trick with two strikes shortly after the restart, before Petersen fired home a penalty. Petersen then claimed his fifth goal with 20 minutes remaining to secure Germany’s place in the knockout stages with a second-placed finish in Group C. 
Serge scored twice in Germany’s 3-3 draw with South Korea in Rio. Hee-Chan Hwang broke the deadlock, before Gnabry levelled matters after the half-hour mark. Davie Selke struck in the second half, but Heung-Min Son was on target to equalise. Hyun-Jun Suk scored with four minutes remaining, but Gnabry fired home a dramatic leveller in injury time.
Serge also scored in Germany’s opening game in Rio, as they drew 2-2 with Mexico. Oribe Peralta opened the scoring in the second half, before Gnabry equalised six minutes later. Mexico restored their lead three minutes through Rodolfo Pizarro, but Matthias Ginter equalised just before the final whistle.



Takumo Asano JapanTakumo Asano
Wednesday, August 10, Japan 1-0 Sweden
Monday, August 8, Japan 2-2 Colombia
Friday, August 5, Nigeria 5-4 Japan
Takumo Asano played 61 minutes of Japan’s 1-0 win against Sweden in Rio. Shinya Yajima scored the only goal of the game in the second half to secure the victory, but it was not enough to prevent Japan from being eliminated from the tournament.
Takumo Asano scored in Japan’s 2-2 draw with Colombia in Rio. Teófilo Gutiérrez fired in the opener, before Hiroki Fujiharu put the ball past his own keeper to double Colombia’s lead. Asano pulled one back for Japan, but it was Shoya Nakajima who scored the equaliser with 15 minutes remaining.
Asano was also on target on Japan’s 5-4 defeat to Nigeria in their opening game in Rio. Sadiq Umar put Nigeria ahead, but Shinzo Koroki soon equalised. Their joy was shortlived though, as Oghenekaro Etebo struck a minute later to restore Nigeria’s lead. Takumi Minamino levelled, but Etebo scored three more times to give Samson Siasia’s side a convincing lead. Asano pulled one back for Japan before Musashi Sukuki grabbed another, but Nigeria held on to their advantage.



Joao Virginia PortugalJoao Virginia
Wednesday, August 10, Algeria 1-1 Portugal
Sunday, August 7, Honduras 1-2 Portugal 
Thursday, August 4, Portugal 2-0 Argentina
Joao Virginia did not play in Portugal’s 1-1 draw with Algeria in Rio. Portugal finished top of Group D and advance to the knockout stages.
Joao Virginia did not play in Portugal's 2-0 win against Argentina or the 2-1 victory over Honduras in Rio.


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