Before a lot of pomp and a lot of rush on lawn: flags with national colors (for two teams), flags with stars (for four world title), a flag with star (for main sponsor), Fanfare Sounds and a big band of Bundeswehr- pomp could be on state holiday with President and Chancellor should not be greater. But at least during first half, a chaotically acting German (b) team did not give rise to solemn feelings. Only quarter-hour calming pause put host in a position to finish flawless World Cup qualification. The 5:1 victory against Azerbaijan marks tenth victory in tenth game, it is not better.
As announced, federal coach had significantly rebuilt in his eleven. From team that won 3:1 in Belfast, only Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Thomas Müller and Sandro Wagner were left. Löw renounced a classic defensive series. Niklas Süle and Shkodran Mustafi should judge it alone, Kimmich supported from right side, from re-establishment of left-handed defender Marvin Record Hardt, federal coach (expressly?) looked. The line used attacker Leroy Sané instead.
Many had expected a boring game, fulfilling a duty task. But first half was extremely varied, but German side predominantly involuntarily. The first alarm signal was Süle with a stick fault, in which he tugged his muscle, but he continued to play at first. Then followed 1:0, a gate of class: Goretzka met with an attached hacking trick almost in corner (9th minute). Cheering mood came up, one expected a funny win.
Instead, moments when Jogi Löw left his stand were piling up to get rid of his anger on sidelines. Like a teacher, he waved index finger, rar menacing than merely admonishing, but calm and discipline did not want to adjust to confused, highly nervous German game. Professional stewards like Toni Kroos and Sebastian Rudy were sorely missed. Especially Hinterleute Süle and Mustafi as well as ir liaison Emre Can formed Panic Orchestra, goalkeeper Bernd Leno was busy. Locals who had hoped for a break from misdeeds of ir FCK groaned. Also revisions with an attacker Wagner, who once was not happy in Palatinate, fell first ambivalent: After a great double pass between Stindl and Müller, middle striker first met post of empty gate and n also set bouncer next to it.
The battered Süle had now cleared field, but his successor Antonio Rüdiger continued where his predecessor had left off. With consequences: In a duel with Azerbaijan's left outside Ramil Sheydaev, Rüdiger had several times to look into it, and finally ball lay on net, because Leno looked so bad. To all abundance, Mustafi injured himself; Matthias Ginter replaced him. It was punch line of a memorable, but from a German point of view undesirable first half.Jogi Löw seems to have been disturbed in meantime
Lack of goodwill, federal coach did not need to complain about it, it had not lain; For some players, Sané for example, it was rar overzealous. The fast Sololäufe of left-hand side showed, in long run, a grueling effect on opponent, and with a little start class of German players now also prevailed. After a few chances, Wagner succeeded with a header again (55.), Rüdiger put his head after Kimmichs (64.), Goretzka increased to 4:1 (66.).
In between a technically challenging shot against post of Stindl (60.)-The Germans now had not only control over opponent, but also about mselves. Captain Müller, improved against unfortunate appearance in Norrn Ireland, was allowed to make a celebration, as a successor he set Kimmich. Emre Cans violent shot to 5:1-it was his first goal for DFB-elf-n even let meanwhile distraught federal coach laugh again.Pictures of Wagner rolls through Palatinate more...