Les Rouge et Bleu on international duty

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Check out how Les Rouge et Bleu have fared while on duty with their respective national teams.

France - Lithuania: 42-27
Les Experts claimed a fine win against Lithuania in their first official Euro qualifier on Friday night. The big win saw strong contributions from Nedim Remili and Luc Abalo, who each scored three goals, as well as Luka Karabatic, who bagged two. Thanks to their excellent goal difference, Les Bleus top their group ahead of Portugal, who beat Romania, France's opponents on Sunday.

 

Germany - Israel: 37-21
Uwe Gensheimer and his teammates turned in an accomplished performance in their first Euro qualifier, the Parisian in particular shining with a seven-goal haul that helped Germany to take second place in the group. They trail Poland, who won big away to Kosovo (37-13), whom Uwe and co. meet on Sunday.

 

Denmark - Ukraine: 30-24
Meanwhile, the Danes' task against Ukraine was a bit more complicated. Former Parisian Sergiy Onufryienko, who bagged five goals, was constant thorn in the side of the Danish defence, but current Parisians Mikkel Hansen and Henrik Toft Hansen hit three each to help their side to take top spot in the group ahead of their trip to face the Faroe islands, who claimed a draw in Montenegro (24-24).  

 

Sweden - Spain: 28-29
In a friendly with no stakes - and no Kim Ekdahl Du Rietz, rested - Sweden couldn't manage a win against Rodrigo Corrales' Spain. Like its predecessor, this re-make of the Euro 2018 final went in favour of La Roja, who had some nervy moments at the end as Sweden went close to an equaliser with seconds to go. The Swedes, already qualified for the Euros co-hosted by Norway and Austria, take on the latter in another friendly on Sunday.

 

Norway - Austria: 43-31
Austria could do little against Sander Sagosen and his already-qualified Norway side. The Norwegians play Spain in another friendly match on Sunday.

Croatia - Switzerland: 31-28
Croatia had to battle hard against Switzerland to claim victory in their opening Euro qualifier, but luckily had six-goal Parisian Luka Stepancic on hand. Despite trailing at the break (15-16), the Croatians stepped on the gas in the second term to secure the two points and will now take on Belgium on Sunday in their second and final match of the international break.