Germany vs. Switzerland: Three goals DFB-Elf not to victory in the Nations League

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Nations League
Wild draw against Switzerland, Three goals DFB-Elf not to victory

The Swiss Granit Xhaka fights against the Germans Joshua Kimmich and Toni Kroos the Ball

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The proverbial defense of the German national team’s strength then. In a wild game against Switzerland, the DFB-Eleven had any safety miss. After all, the Offensive against the strong Swiss was able to secure a draw.

The presented birthday boy Toni Kroos is different. The German national team suffered a phase-wise wild 3:3 (1:2) in Cologne on Tuesday against Switzerland for the next setback in the Nations League – the personnel and tactical changes, with Joachim Löw handles in Kroos’ 100. Countries game. Kai Havertz and Serge Gnabry saved the Löw-Team at the gates of Festival in the spirit of the game after a 0:2-false start, at least for the draw. The national coach will be available in three outstanding Games of the year under even greater public scrutiny.

Mario Gavranovic (5. and 57. Minute) and Remo Freuler (26.) after a disastrous misplaced pass from Kroos met for the rugged guests. Fabian Schär saw Yellow-Red (90.+3). Timo Werner shortened before the break (28.), then Havertz (55 met.) and Gnabry (60.), Bayern-Profi naughty with the hoe. Like less than a week ago against Turkey, scoring three goals not enough for victory.

Jogi Löw dismayed in the face of the defensive error

“Not for the critics”, but so that the DFB should convince the selection, had Löw said before the kick-off in the ARD. After the little performances managed to last played, instead of a three – a four. As a result of serious errors in the defense, the coach looked in the meantime, however, dismayed to the almost empty stadium Cologne. After just four minutes, the former Bayern-professional Xherdan Shaqiri appeared for the first time free in front of Manuel Neuer. The Triple-goalkeeper was the first to clarify, in the resulting corner, the ball state defense, but the back is so unsorted that Gavranovic headed home without any trouble to the Swiss guide.

Löw had ordered, compared to 2:1 in the Ukraine on Saturday Robin Gosens, Werner Havertz in the starting lineup. The offensive players castled a lot, especially scorer Havertz provided with successful actions for movement. In defense of the Löw-Team early a great deal of luck had not, that a serious blunder of New led immediately to the second goal. The captain played a Pass exactly on Haris Seferovic, who could not direct the Ball perfectly in (15.).

Attractive game, unsorted Defensive

Löw’s tactics with an additional offensive player calls went up in the first half against the extremely aggressive end of the Swiss hardly. Joshua Kimmich, who will be 50. Countries game completed, tried it from the distance (22.), Werner failed initially at the Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer (25.). The loose pass from Kroos opened the next Swiss counter, the Freuler with a deliberate LOB over New the 2:0 of the guests graduated.

The DFB-Eleven had trouble to find the few spaces in the dense, Bundesliga-proven defense of the Swiss. But then the strong Havertz won the Ball and headed directly to Werner, was the German team with a precise shot into the far corner in the game. It the was 13. DFB-goal from the Chelsea striker, is the eleventh play in duty. “That was very important,” commented former world champion Bastian Schweinsteiger at ARD-MIC.

Havertz striking – strong 2:2

The DFB came out-Eleven to further opportunities. The Gladbacher summer in the Swiss goal was a long shot from Robin Gosens (35.) and at the completion of Leon Goretzka (42.) to the point. Kroos struck with a powerful left-footed shot just outside the net (44.), the eye-catching Havertz first of all, the post (49.) and then, after a strong individual performance to goal.

In the second half, the DFB-Elf was able to benefit increasingly from the individual to the class of the offensive players. The almost immediate response of the Swiss against the unsorted DFB-defense by Gavranovic countered Gnabry worth seeing. Substitute Julian Draxler missed the goal narrowly (81.).

Thanks to a surprising 0:1 defeat of Spain in Ukraine, the German team despite the draw, there is still a Chance to win the group.

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