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Saturday International Recap: Poland Dominates While Germany Falters

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Five Dortmund players were in action Saturday afternoon for their countries

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Poland, coming off a 1-0 victory over Serbia on Wednesday, was looking to grab it's second consecutive friendly victory when they took on Finland.

Dortmund defender Lukasz Piszczek along with BVB loanee and Wednesday's goalscorer Jakub Blaszczykowski were both on the bench for the start of the match, making way for Poland to start a few new Ekstraklasa players instead.

However, those two would not be needed for Poland to hand Finland a 5-0 thrashing. Kamil Grosicki and Pawel Wszolek each scored twice while Filip Starzynski added one of his own.

Jakub Blaszczykowski came on in the 86th minute replacing Wszolek while Piszczek got the afternoon off to the delight of many a fan of Poland and Borussia Dortmund.

Later in the day, Germany and England renewed their storied rivalry for the first time in three years. It was the first of two friendlies this week for Germany, and they got things started on the wrong the foot falling 3-2 to England at home.

Marco Reus and Mats Hummels were both in the starting lineup for Die Mannschaft while Matthias Ginter was on the bench.

Hummels made way at halftime for debutant Jonathan Tah while Andre Schurrle replaced Marco Reus after 64 minutes. Ginter was left on the bench by Joachim Low in the loss.

Reus and Hummels failed to make an impact on the scoresheet as the Germans saw England score three unanswered goals in the final half-hour to win.