The high-profile UEFA qualification fixture between Germany and the Netherlands is a must-watch.
It’s been just a few weeks that club football has returned to our regular lives. This summer transfer window has provided with a lot of surprises in terms of player movement and the start to the season has been quite prolific.
Both the Spanish heavyweights Barcelona and Real Madrid have failed to impress and have struggled in the absence of star players. The managers of both clubs continue to face criticism while on the other hand, Atlético de Madrid led by their new mega signing Joao Felix show signs of early title contenders.
A new Inter Milan under Antonio Conte and a new Juventus under Maurizio Sarri have won all their games in the league so far while RB Leipzig are surprisingly at the top of Bundesliga as Bayern and Borussia Dortmund have both dropped early points.
Amidst all that, the international break has just kicked in and these friendlies will offer many players another chance to get back to their fittest and work differently in national camps. Let’s take a look at the best fixtures in this latest international break:
5. Japan vs Paraguay – 5th September
This year Japan was one of the non-CONMEBOL teams invited to participate in the Copa America held in Brazil. The Samurai Blue couldn’t make it past the group stages but managed to impress a lot of people after holding Uruguay and Ecuador to a draw.
They’ll be facing South American opponents in Paraguay who narrowly lost to Brazil in the penalties in the quarter-final of the Copa America. The match will be held at the Kashima Stadium on 5th September.
4. USA vs Mexico – 6th September
Both the neighbouring countries will play a friendly in a repeat of the CONCACAF Gold Cup final this year. Mexico won the final 1-0 thanks to a Jonathan dos Santos goal in the 73rd minute and the match should be a cracker given the United States are bent on revenge. The game is at the Metlife Stadium in New Jersey on 7th September.
3. Argentina vs Chile – 5th September
This international break will provide us with another fixture that has been talk worthy in recent years. Since the Copa America final in 2015 and 2016 with Chile taking the crown away from Messi and Argentina in penalty shootouts consecutively, every time Argentina and Chile have faced each other, the world has been treated to a feisty match.
Even for the third team playoffs in the Copa America this year, the Chile versus Argentina game turned out to be eventful with both Lionel Messi and Gary Medel seeing red cards. Argentina won the game however and will be hoping to do the same this time around as well.
2. Serbia vs Portugal – 7th September
The UEFA Qualifying Group B game is the game to watch. The visiting side Portugal will be roaring to register their first win in the qualifying campaign as they will face Serbia who are content at the third position with four points.
The reigning Euro Cup champions have played just two games and are eight points behind group leaders Ukraine. The game between these two will form the fate of Portugal as they played a 1-1 draw in the previous international break as well.
1. Germany vs Netherlands – 6th September
The two heavyweights of European Football will square against each other in this UEFA Euro qualifying fixture. Germany are second in the group, having won all their games so far while Netherlands are at third with only three points in two games.
Northern Ireland surprisingly lead the group and are unbeaten so far, but that scenario will probably change with Germany and Netherlands deciding to put their foot on the gas.