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Tuesday International Recap: Japan, Germany, USA All Dominate

Eight different Dortmund players were in action on Tuesday with their country in the final day of the international break

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On the final day of the international break, many players were looking to make impressions with their national teams.

Japan took the field early on Tuesday to face Syria. Shinji Kagawa was in the starting lineup for the Japanese side looking to close out the group stage keeping eight clean sheets out of eight matches.

An early own goal from Syria set the tone for the evening in Saitama, as Kagawa scored twice and played all 90 minutes. Keisuke Honda and Genki Haraguchi both scored as well in the 5-0 romp by Japan. With the brace, Kagawa raised his AFC World Cup Qualifying goal scoring total to five goals.

Switzerland took on Bosnia and Herzegovina and for the second game in a row, Dortmund keeper Roman Burki was passed up for Yann Sommer. And for the second straight game, Switzerland lost. The question of who will be replacing Diego Benaglio between the pipes is far from answered for the Swiss.

Germany was in action this afternoon to face Italy in their final friendly match of March. Die Mannschaft scored four times against Gli Azzurri, and conceded just once on the afternoon. Three Dortmund players earned minutes in this game.

Mats Hummels got the start for the Germans and played all 90 minutes on defense. Midfielder Marco Reus played the final half hour for Germany, replacing Dortmund transfer target Mario Gotze. Matthias Ginter also saw the pitch, playing the final five minutes in relief of Jonas Hector.

Nuri Sahin and Turkey played in a late afternoon fixture against Austria, winning 2-1. Sahin was a late substitute, playing the final three minutes in relief of Cenk Tosun. Sahin was an unused substitute in Turkey's first friendly of the March international break.

Colombia, in need of a victory in a crucial World Cup Qualifying match, hosted Ecuador. Colombia earned a valuable three points with a 3-1 victory. Dortmund striker Adrian Ramos played the final eleven minutes, replacing Carlos Bacca.

The United States were the final team with Dortmund ties in action tonight. 17-year-old phenom Christian Pulisic was in action tonight, becoming the youngest American to play in a World Cup Qualifier. Pulisic came on as an 81st minute substitute.

Despite the game being already decisively in favor of the Americans, Pulisic impressed, nearly getting a one-on-one chance with the goaltender. He also forced a corner and looked potent on the attack.

With the international break over, these eight players will return back to Dortmund in preparations for this weekend's game against Werder Bremen on Saturday.