International update: Gregoritsch hat-trick, Röhl scores for U21s

First Team

Nine SC players represented their countries during the final international break ahead of this summer's UEFA EURO 2024.

With the EUROs set to get underway on 14th June in Munich when Germany face off against Scotland, several of the countries to have qualified used the March international break to prepare by playing friendlies. Michael Gregoritsch and Philipp Lienhart were included in Austria's squad to face Slovakia and Türkiye, while Roland Sallai and Attila Szalai were in action for Hungary against Kosovo. They came up against SC teammate and Kosovo international Florent Muslija in the process. Ritsu Doan was scheduled to play a World Cup qualifying double-header with Japan against North Korea, but the away leg was cancelled at short notice.

Qualifying for the U21 EUROs is also in full swing, with Noah Atubolu and Merlin Röhl in action with the Germany U21s as they faced Kosovo U21s in Chemnitz and Israel U21s in Halle. Kiliann Sildillia and the France U21s played two friendlies against Côte d'Ivoire U21s and the USA U21s.

The Freiburg players who were not on international duty played a friendly match against FC St. Gallen to stay in a rhythm. SCF ran out as 4-1 winners against the Swiss side on Thursday thanks to goals from Maximilian Breunig and Ryan Johansson, as well as a Junior Adamu brace.

An overview of SC's internationals:

Michael Gregoritsch, Philipp Lienhart | Austria

Sat., 23.03., 18:00 CET | Slovakia 0-2 Austria | Gregoritsch started and played 70 minutes before being substituted.

Tue., 26.03., 20:45 CET | Austria 6-1 Türkiye | Gregoritsch was in the starting XI and scored a hat-trick before departing in the 82nd minute.

Roland Sallai, Attila Szalai | Hungary

Fri., 22.03., 19:30 CET | Hungary 1-0 Türkiye | Sallai and Szalai both played from the start; Sallai was substituted on 80 minutes.

Tue., 26.03. 20:45 CET | Hungary 2-0 Kosovo | Szalai played the full 90 minutes while Sallai remained on the bench.

Ritsu Doan | Japan

Thu., 21.03., 11:30 CET | Japan 1-0 North Korea I WCQ | Doan assisted the only goal before being substituted after 73 minutes.

Tue., 26.03., 12:30 CET | North Korea P-P Japan I WCQ | The game was cancelled with Japan awarded a 3-0 win by default.

Florent Muslija I Kosovo

Fri., 22.03., 18:00 CET I Armenia 0-1 Kosovo | Muslija was substituted in the 68th minute.

Tue., 26.03., 19:00 CET  I Hungary 2-0 Kosovo | Muslija started and was subbed off in the 64th minute.

Noah Atubolu, Merlin Röhl I Germany U21

Fri., 22.03., 18:00 CET I Germany U21 0-0 Kosovo U21 I EURO qual. | Röhl played 90 minutes, Atubolu was an unused substitute.

Tue, 26.03., 18:00 CET I Germany U21 2-0 Israel U21 I EURO qual. | Both Atubolu and Röhl played the full 90, and Röhl scored the second goal.

Kiliann Sildillia I France U21 

Fri., 22.03. I France U21 3-2 Côte d'Ivoire U21 | Sildillia came on as a substitute on 68 minutes.

Mon., 25.03. I France U21 2-2 USA U21 | Sildillia played the full 90 minutes.

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