Bankruptcy in Nations League: Germany fail World Cup test against Hungary

Status: 23.09.2022 23:12

Hansi Flick has lower than two months to go and solely two worldwide matches left earlier than the DFB workforce kicks off the World Cup in Qatar. The Nations League sport against Hungary confirmed that there’s a lot of labor forward.

Side notes are that Flick conceded his first defeat as nationwide coach with a rating of 0: 1 and that issues usually are not going effectively for the Germans in the Nations League A, the place a win in Group 3 is unlikely. However, the truth that solely subsequent Monday (September 26, 2022, stay on earlier than the World Cup is a sport against England and a test against Oman is worrying given this concept.

“I miss the whole lot”

“In the primary half we weren’t there in any respect, we missed the whole lot there.”Joshua Kimmich mentioned on ZDF. “We did not get our greatest qualities on the sector in any respect.” Jonas Hofmann added: “The first half was very unhealthy, we made plenty of errors and performed very slowly.” Thomas Müller analyzed: “You’ve already observed that the majority of us do not have a simple time on the membership. There shall be plenty of criticism now, however we all know we are able to do significantly better.”

National coach Flick admitted: “We lacked braveness and made too many straightforward errors. It was higher in the second half, however then you must rating.”

Lots of unhealthy passes, no construct up play

The Hungarians, who did not qualify for the World Cup however lately suffered a historic 0-4 defeat at house to England in the Nations League, launched a shock assault. In entrance of a full home in Leipzig, coach Marco Rossi’s aspect pressured the DFB right into a collection of errors and successfully thwarted the Germans’ efforts.

Hansi Flick deployed his most popular 4-2-3-1 system with Timo Werner in place of Kai Havertz, organising a ‘deep run’ stylistic machine with Werner’s pace however no signal of him for lengthy. Werner, Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane repeatedly supplied sprints behind the Hungarian line, however Ilkay Gundogan and Joshua Kimmich both failed to finish passes in any respect or have been too inaccurate.

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Sensational objective of Eski Salai

The guests deservedly took the lead after 17 minutes – with an outstanding objective from an previous pal of the Bundesliga. Adam Salai, who beforehand labored for Schalke, Hannover and Hoffenheim earlier than lastly retiring from Mainz, is now 34 years previous and on his farewell tour with the nationwide workforce. He confirmed what he is nonetheless able to after a nook from the left: along with his again to objective, the centre-forward was dazed and despatched a backheel previous Marc-Andre ter Stegen on the far publish.

The DFB workforce was rocking onerous. Niklas Sule and Antonio Rüdiger dazzled with a fast free-kick, Daniel Gazdag dived free in entrance of Ter Stegen, however the Barca keeper made it 0-2 (twenty fifth) with good positional play. In possession of the ball, Germany continued to invent remarkably little, missing pace, creativity, consciousness of small areas and, above all, the braveness to open a dangerous move.

First likelihood to attain earlier than the break

Just six minutes earlier than the break, the Germans managed to threaten the objective for the primary time. But Thomas Müller headed David Raum’s left winger straight into the arms of Peter Gulacsi. At half-time, the Leipzig crowd whistled and Hansi Flick watched just a few video sequences on his laptop computer earlier than going into the dressing room.

The first consequence of this was the change in the second spherical: Thilo Koerer changed the weak Gnabry, and Jonas Hofmann was promoted to the place on the proper. Apparently, Gundogan additionally acquired clear directions: he lastly dared to go behind the Hungarian five-man line, which no less than led to an offside objective by Sane (52′) and Müller (53′).

Quite a lot of ball loss, however no less than plenty of effort

This was additionally very noticeable in the second spherical: the Germans continued to make errors at an alarming fee, however the restoration of many errant balls labored significantly better now. Some aggressiveness was acknowledged, and at occasions direct combos have been tried, however the DFB-Elf remained miles away from ease and self-assertion.

In the ultimate 20 minutes, Flick examined artistic gamers Havertz and Jamal Musiala, nevertheless it was solely harmful after Kimmich’s two strikes. On the opposite hand, Ter Stegen needed to make saves in the closing levels of two Hungarian counter-attacks against Martin Adam and Laszlo Kleinheisler, so the defeat may have been worse.


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