Toni Kroos featured in his 100th appearance for the German National Team against Switzerland on Tuesday.
This now makes Kroos the 12th player in Germany history to reach 100 caps with the national team. This puts him tied with Thomas Müller, who is currently sitting at the milestone number himself.
Kroos didn’t play his best match, despite the landmark moment for him. He played averagely, but wasn’t really as involved as he could’ve been during his 90 minutes of action.
Germany had a pretty disappointing match from their perspective overall. The defense looked very suspect throughout the duration of the match. The opening 15-20 minutes of the match were bad for Germany as Switzerland capitalized with a goal.
The Germans ended up taking a 3-2 lead in the second half, but a goal in stoppage time by Fabian Schär equalized.
Even though the match finished at a draw, it clearly looks like more like a loss to them. Both Germany captain Manuel Neuer and Kroos recognized that Germany need to get back into the win column soon.
“It was of course a special game for me. To have reached 100, that’s a nice mark. But anyone who knows me knows that I care more about results and titles than appearances. But, of course, 100 games is something nice.”
Unfortunately for Kroos, he did pick up a yellow card in the match and will miss Germany’s next match. They are currently second in the League A Group 4 standings, but have equal points to their next opponent Ukraine.
Fede Valverde also featured internationally on Tuesday in Uruguay’s 4-2 loss to Ecuador in their 2022 World Cup Qualifier.
It was nothing short of domination for the Ecuadorians in Quito as they clearly outmatched Uruguay. Valverde was a clear standout considering how badly La Celeste defended during the match. He and Bentancur just couldn’t find the same rhythm they did against Chile, though Valverde still had a fine performance considering.
Uruguay’s two goals came strictly from penalties taken by Luis Suarez. They came 10 minutes apart in both the 85th and 95th minutes. So, they at least weren’t clean sheeted.
Uruguay now sit sixth in the qualifying table for South America. They are even on points with Ecuador, who were own of the lowest ranked nations coming into these qualifiers.
Valverde and Uruguay will be back in action against third-place Colombia on November 12. For Toni Kroos and Germany, they will play a friendly against the Czech Republic on November 11 before getting right back into the Nations League against Ukraine three days later.
Kroos is also set to return for Real Madrid this weekend against Cadiz after recovering from injury.