Bankruptcy in the Nations League: Germany lost a World Cup test against Hungary

Status: 09/23/2022 10:39 pm

Hansi Flick has slightly below two months to go and simply two internationals left earlier than the Germans begin the World Cup in Qatar. Quite a lot of work awaits as the recreation against Hungary unfolds endlessly.

The undeniable fact that Flick conceded his first defeat as nationwide coach with 0: 1 and issues are now not wanting good for the Germans in the Nations League A, Group 3, is a aspect observe. However, the undeniable fact that the solely test till the World Cup subsequent Monday (September 26, 2022, reside ticker at sportschau.de) against England after which against Oman is worrying contemplating this concept.

Too many unhealthy passes, no build-up play

The Hungarians, who haven’t certified for the World Cup however not too long ago suffered a historic 0-4 defeat at dwelling to England in the Nations League, made a surprisingly attacking begin. In entrance of a full home in Leipzig, coach Marco Rossi’s aspect compelled the DFB group into a collection of errors and really successfully prevented the Germans from increase.

Hansi Flick used his most well-liked 4-2-3-1 system with Timo Werner changing Kai Havertz to determine the stylistic machine of the “deep run” with Werner’s velocity – however there was no signal of it for lengthy. Werner, Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane typically supplied sprints behind the Hungarian chain, however Ilkay Gundogan and Joshua Kimmich both could not play passes in any respect or had been too inaccurate.

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Exciting purpose by Oldi Szalai

The guests duly took the lead after 17 minutes – with a beautiful purpose from an outdated Bundesliga acquaintance. Adam Szalai, who labored for Schalke, Hannover and Hoffenheim and ultimately retired for Mainz, is now 34 on a farewell tour together with his nationwide group. He confirmed what he is nonetheless able to after a nook from the left: together with his again in direction of purpose, the centre-forward lobbed previous a confused Marc-Andre ter Stegen at the far submit.

The DFB group was extraordinarily overwhelmed. Niklas Sule and Antonio Rudiger stunned themselves with fast free kicks, Daniel Gezdag dived free in entrance of Ter Stegen, however the Barca keeper stopped 0:2 (twenty fifth) with good positional play. With their very own possession of the ball, Germany continued to give you extremely little, missing velocity, creativity, really feel for the few areas and, above all, the braveness to open harmful passes.

First likelihood to attain earlier than the break

Just six minutes earlier than the change of sides the Germans managed to develop some purpose menace for the first time. But Thomas Müller headed David Raum’s left into the fingers of Peter Gulassi. At the break, the Leipzig crowd whistled and Hansi Flick watched some video sequences on his laptop computer earlier than heading to the dressing room.

The first results of this was a change for the second spherical: Thilo Kehrer got here in for the weak Gnabry, Jonas Hoffmann moved up one place to proper again. Apparently, Gundogan additionally acquired clear directions: he lastly dared to go previous the Hungarian five-man chain, ensuing in at the least a likelihood for an offside purpose from Sane (52′) and Müller (53′).

Loss of many balls, however at the least extra effort

It was additionally very noticeable in the second spherical: the Germans continued to make errors at an alarming charge, however now did a a lot better job of recovering the many lost balls. A bit extra aggression was recognizable, typically making an attempt direct mixtures, however the DFB-Elf remained miles away from lightness and self-assertion.

In the final 20 minutes, Flick then tried artistic gamers Havertz and Jamal Musiala, however he solely grew to become harmful after two violent photographs from Kimmich. On the different hand, Ter Stegen needed to save two Hungarian counterattacks in the closing levels against Martin Edem and Laszlo Kleinheisler, so the defeat may have been worse.

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