In the 14th game, Hansi Flick suffered his first defeat as national coach. On the penultimate day of the Nations League, the German national team lost 1-0 (0-1) against Hungary after a largely disappointing performance in Leipzig and therefore has no chance of winning the group.
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- Hungary’s 1-0 was achieved by long-time Bundesliga professional Adam Szalai with a brilliant back-heel goal after a corner in the 17th minute.
- In the absence of Manuel Neuer, who was suffering from Corona, Marc-André ter Stegen was in goal for Germany. Thomas Müller took over the captain’s armband.
- Flick then criticized himself for a tactical measure. Here is the detailed report.
- On Monday, Germany’s final Nations League game in London will take place against England, who have already been relegated after a 1-0 defeat by Italy. Hungary leads the group with ten points.
Germany – Hungary: The Analysis
Apart from the forced change of goalkeeper, Flick changed his starting line-up in one position compared to the 5-2 win against Italy in June: Serge Gnabry started instead of Lukas Klostermann, Jonas Hofmann slipped down one position. At least nominally, but in fact he acted very offensively, just like left-back David Raum, when he had possession of the ball. At the same time, the two wingers Gnabry and Leroy Sané oriented themselves more centrally.
However, this orientation did not lead to success: Hungary was very stable and did not leave any room for Germany. There were no ideas, there was a lack of speed in the actions. The DFB-Elf tried repeatedly with long balls behind the defensive line, where, however, no potential buyers started. Timo Werner, who, according to Flick, started primarily because of his “deep runs”, was not in the game at all. In the first half he had only seven ball contacts.
So it took until the 39th minute before Thomas Müller delivered Germany’s first semi-dangerous goal with a header that was delivered too centrally. At this point, Hungary was already deservedly leading 1-0, especially with standard situations and fast counterattacks, the guests spread danger. The German fans said goodbye to their own national team with whistles in the dressing room.
At half-time, Flick brought in Kehrer for Gnabry and from then on formed his defense in a mixed form of a three- and four-man chain. The changes paid off, Germany immediately became more focused and created some good chances. However, there was no real urge, and the substitutions of Jamal Musiala, Kai Havertz and Lukas Nmecha did not change that.
Germany – Hungary: The line-ups
Germany: ter Stegen (30 years/29 internationals) – Hofmann/Borussia Mönchengladbach (30/15), Süle/Borussia Dortmund (27/41), Rüdiger/Real Madrid (29/54), Raum/RB Leipzig (24/10) – Kimmich/Bayern Munich (27/69), Gündogan/Manchester City (31/61) from 69. Musiala/Bayern Munich (19/16) – Gnabry/Bayern Munich (27/35) from 46. Kehrer/West Ham United ( 26/21), 13 Müller/Bayern Munich (33/117) from 86. Lukas Nmecha/VfL Wolfsburg (23/7), Sane/Bayern Munich (26/46) – Werner/RB Leipzig (26/54) from 69 .Havertz/Chelsea (23/29).
Hungary: Gulacsi/RB Leipzig (32 years/50 internationals) – Lang/Omonia Nicosia (29/52), Orban/RB Leipzig (29/34), Attila Szalai/Fenerbahce Istanbul (24/28) – Fiola/FC Fehervar (32/49 ), Nagy/SC Pisa (27/64) from 78. Styles/FC Millwall (22/7), Schäfer/Union Berlin (23/21), Kerkez/AZ Alkmaar (18/1) – Gazdag/Philadelphia Union (26 /16) from 67. Kleinheisler/NK Osijek (28/43), Szoboszlai/RB Leipzig (21/25) from 86. Nego/FC Fehervar (31/25) – Adam Szalai/FC Basel (34/85) from 67 .Adam/Ulsan Hyundai (27/7).
Germany – Hungary: the data of the match
Goal: 0-1 Szalai (17′)
The star of the game: Adam Szalai (Hungary)
Szalai gave Hungary the lead with his brilliant hacking goal. Otherwise, the striker wore himself out in numerous duels on the front line. By the time he was substituted in the middle of the second half, he had fought almost twice as many head-to-head duels as the player with the second most.
The flop of the match: Serge Gnabry (Germany)
Just like the other German offensive players, Gnabry was extremely pale in the first half, but he was the only one who had to stay in the dressing room at the break. Gnabry never finished and recorded the worst pass rate of any German starting XI player.
The referee: Slavko Vincic (Slovenia)
Vincic had the game well under control. He rightly denied Müller’s supposed goal due to Hofmann’s previous offside position (53′).