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 crew kicks off the World Cup in Qatar. The Nations League recreation against Hungary confirmed that there’s a lot of labor forward.

The undeniable fact that Flick conceded his first defeat as nationwide coach with a rating of 0-1 and that issues will not be going properly for the Germans in the Nations League A, with victory in Group 3 out of attain, are additional warnings. However, the truth that solely subsequent Monday (September 26, 2022, dwell on earlier than the World Cup is a recreation 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 stated on ZDF. “We did not get our greatest qualities on the sphere in any respect.” Jonas Hofmann added: “The first half was very dangerous, we made plenty of errors and performed very slowly.” Thomas Müller analyzed: “You see now that the majority of us do not have a simple time on the membership. There will likely be plenty of criticism now, however we all know we will do a lot better.”

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

Lots of dangerous passes, no construct up play

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

Hansi Flick deployed his most well-liked 4-2-3-1 system with Timo Werner in place of Kai Havertz, organising a ‘deep run’ stylistic system with Werner’s velocity however no signal of him for lengthy. Werner, Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane repeatedly provided 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 aim of Eski Salai

The guests deservedly took the lead after 17 minutes – with an excellent aim from an outdated good friend of the Bundesliga. Adam Salai, who beforehand labored for Schalke, Hannover and Hoffenheim earlier than lastly retiring from Mainz, is now 34 years outdated and on his farewell tour with the nationwide crew. He confirmed what he can nonetheless do after a nook from the left: together with his again to aim, the centre-forward back-heeled a shocked Marc-Andre ter Stegen on the far submit.

The DFB crew was shaken. 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 velocity, creativity, consciousness of small areas and, above all, the braveness to open a dangerous cross.

First probability to attain earlier than the break

Just six minutes earlier than the break, the Germans managed to threaten the aim for the primary time. But Thomas Müller headed David Raum’s left winger straight into the arms of Peter Gulacsi. Leipzig blew their whistle at half-time 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 precise. Apparently, Gundogan additionally acquired clear directions: he lastly dared to go behind the Hungarian five-man line, which at the least led to an offside aim by Sane (52′) and Müller (53′).

A number of ball loss, however at the least plenty of effort

This was additionally very noticeable in the second spherical: the Germans continued to make errors at an alarming charge, however the restoration of many errant balls labored a lot better now. Somewhat aggressiveness was acknowledged, and there have been occasional makes an attempt at direct combos, however the DFB-Elf remained miles away from ease and self-assertion.

In the ultimate 20 minutes, Flick examined inventive 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 might have been worse.


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