Several Ajax players saw action with their national teams on Friday. Toby Alderweireld won with Belgium, defeating Serbia 0-3. Denmark, where Christian Eriksen was substituted in extra time, had to make do with a 1-1 tie against ten Bulgarian players. The Dutch team, without any contribution from Ajax, defeated Andorra 3-0 in Rotterdam.
After its 0-3 win against Serbia, Belgium is in the lead in group A, with seven points in three games. Croatia has the same number of points, but Belgium has a better goals balance. After watching the home game against Croatia from the bench, Toby Alderweireld received a starting spot from national coach Mark Wilmots for this game in, and against Serbia. After a 0-1 halftime score, the Belgians, with former Ajax players Jan Vertonghen and Thomas Vermaelen in the basis, went on to post a very good 0-3 win. On Tuesday, Belgium faces Scotland at home.
Under coach Louis van Gaal’s lead, the Dutch team defeated Andorra 3-0. The coach left Ajax players Kenneth Vermeer and Ricardo van Rhijn on the bench. With Maarten Stekelenburg between the posts, John Heitinga on defense, Rafael van der Vaart and Nigel de Jong at midfield, Klaas Jan Huntelaar in centre forward and Urby Emanuelson as a substitute, several former Ajax players were on field. Van der Vaart, who was honoured for his one hundredth interland, crowned the ceremony preceding his 101st interland by scoring a goal in the seventh minute. Klaas Jan Huntelaar and Ruben Schake increased the score to the final 3-0 win. The Dutch team leads group D with nine points in three matches, just like Romania, who will be the Dutch team’s next opponent on Tuesday.
In Bulgaria, Christian Eriksen was in the basis with Denmark for their qualifying match against Bulgaria. Although the home team jumped into the lead in the seventh minute, the Bulgarian formation found itself saddled with a red card for Bandalovski twenty minutes later. Denmark scored the tying goal just before the break, but didn’t manage to get further than that. Denmark is second to last in its group with 2 in 2. On Tuesday, Denmark meets group leader Italy in Milan.
Finland’s captain Niklas Moisander had to make do with one point against Georgia. The guests even took the lead in Helsinki, but after Finland was forced to continue with ten men in the 59th minute due to a red card for Eremenko, they held strong and grabbed a point thanks to a goal by Hämäläinen in the 63rd minute. The World Cup qualification tournament doesn’t continue for the Fins until next March, when they play an away game against Spain.
Tobias Sana’s debut in the Swedish national team will have to wait, as he remained on the bench for the game against the Faroe Islands. He saw Sweden with the away match 0-2, with goals from former Ajax player Zlatan Ibrahimovic, among others.