Germany take on Hungary in the UEFA Nations League preparation for the 2022 Men’s World Cup in Qatar. Watch the Vix live stream in the US or find out how to watch in your country, and follow us in the live blog and comments below!
First thoughts and observations:
- A story of two halves. Germany looked totally unhappy in the first, but came to life in the second.
- Peter Gulasci has been forced into a number of impressive interventions. At least there is that.
- Too bad Hungary didn’t even qualify for the 2022 Men’s World Cup. That would be a lot for any team.
- Germany fall to third place in the group after Italy’s 1-0 victory over England. It’s a real bummer, but maybe a losing streak is just the upheaval these players need. Outside of the crisis, there is renewal.
- Hungary now have two wins against England and one against Germany and are in control of this Nations League group. What can I say other than congratulations.
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90′ – Rüdiger wins a yellow after a desperate tackle in a 1 v 1 situation on the breakaway. Time is running out for Germany.
87′ — Nmecha immediately involved! A cross finds him in a good position to descend, but he is saved. Kimmich hangs on the rebound from distance and it’s a good effort, but no dice.
85′ – A final roll of the dice from Hansi Flick as Lukas Nmecha replaces Thomas Müller. Will a box striker do the trick?
Germany came close to cashing in again immediately, but ter Stegen is solid in the test.
77′ – Chance! Musiala sends the ball from a tight space to Raum, setting him up for an excellent cross. Gulasci barely gets it out of Havertz’s way, but the shot comes back from afar – and Gulasci, despite not being seen by his own defender, pushes it away.
73′ — Luck from Germany! Rüdiger finds Kai Havertz all alone in the area and sends a long bomb which reaches him, no offside. Havertz however has no support and is forced to play it again. This results in a deflected shot from range that Gulasci recovers easily.
72′ “Luck for Hungary!” Another loose pass attempt through the lines in midfield leaves Müller crumpled into a heap and Bayern caught the break. Kehrer isn’t in the baseline and Süle barely pressures his man enough to force a weak shot. Ter Stegen knocks him down, but not far enough for anyone to pounce.
69′ — Sulinho alert! The centre-back marries through central midfield and it ends with a Leroy Sané chance on goal – but he’s in a tight angle and he wraps wide.
Chelsea FC’s Jamal Musiala and Kai Havertz replace İlkay Gündoğan and Timo Werner.
60′ — Kimmich fires a spectacular long shot from incredible distance. It has Gulasci rhythm, but loops inches away from the top corner. High end stuff.
57′ — Luck! A great interaction through the center between Sané, Werner and Müller opens a shot for Werner inside the box. It’s touch and go, but Werner only manages to shoot straight at club-mate Gulasci.
55′ — Substitutes’ notes at half-time: I had missed that but Flick brought on West Ham United’s Thilo Kehrer at half for Serge Gnabry, who had struggled to get involved. Jamal Musiala is now warming up on the sidelines.
53′ — Offside! Jonas Hoffman moved away from the baseline but was found and attacked Müller, who shot into the net. Another let go for Hungary, but again, more threatening from Germany after the break.
51′ — Chance! Gündoğan lifts the ball over the baseline to find Sané behind, and he shoots at the near post. No goal, but it’s more lively since Germany.
Half-time thoughts and observations:
- What’s going on with Germany? They look lifeless and uninspired in attack and vulnerable in transition.
- Hungary are a well-deserved leader at the break – perhaps even unlucky to have only one goal. This despite a 2⁄3 domination in the possession of Germany. Three shots – against five for Hungary – and only one on target.
- There wasn’t much you could do to stop that turn, unfortunately. It was a sensational goal. But Flick needs to find a way to make these Hungarian counters less dangerous.
- Antonio Rüdiger has been a bright spot in defence, his quality helping to keep the clean sheet of play open.
39′ — Chance! Finally, some sparks from Germany as Leroy Sané plays David Raum in a center position into space on the left. The looping header finds Thomas Müller tagging it, but Peter Gulasci has it covered well.
25′ — Kimmich earns a yellow card for taking down Dominik Szoboslai at the break. Germany haven’t looked well at all so far – and the Hungarians immediately broke with a golden chance from the free-kick denied by ter Stegen from close range.
17′ — Oh no. Germany are back to their first conceding ways as Hungary pounce from a corner. Ádám Szalai is rather well marked but offers a sumptuous backheel in the back of the net and it’s 1-0 for the leaders of the group!
1′ – Here we go !
Compositions announcement! (1:30 p.m. ET)
FC Barcelona’s Marc-André ter Stegen starts in goal as expected in the absence of Manuel Neuer.
In defence, the pair of centre-backs are Antonio Rüdiger (Real Madrid) and Niklas Süle (Borussia Dortmund) with RB Leipzig’s David Raum and Gladbach’s Jonas Hofmann as full-backs. It’s an ultra offensive configuration to break the Hungarian defense!
Joshua Kimmich is joined by Manchester City’s İlkay Gündoğan in midfield, and in attack there is no rest for Thomas Müller, who leads the team today. Leroy Sané and Serge Gnabry flank him in a heavily Bavarian front line, led by Leipzig’s Timo Werner.
With the World Cup only a few months away, Germany have only a few chances left to test the setup before the critical moment. To avoid a debacle like in 2018, Hansi Flick will want to explore in depth the players he has available, including the full panoply of Bayern Munich players called up for this edition of the international break.
With Manuel Neuer and Leon Goretzka ruled out due to Covid, Thomas Muller is the most likely candidate to don the captain’s armband while Ilkay Gundogan could slot into midfield. Former Chelsea star Timo Werner could get another striker out, while Joshua Kimmich (who really should be rested) is set for another game in midfield.
Even though the Nations League is a real competition and Hungary are a solid opponent, these games are all about creating rhythm in the team and ironing out any problems. After seeing Bayern struggle in recent weeks, it might be a nice change of pace to watch the same players in a different system and see how they perform.
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