Status: 25.03.2021 11:56 p.m.
After the Corona fright in the morning, Joachim Löw could look forward to a problem-free victory at the start of his last mission as national coach. With concentrated Bayern power, the highly superior DFB team prevailed 3-0 (2-0) against Iceland in the first qualifying game for the 2022 World Cup in Duisburg.
Munich’s Leon Goretzka (3rd minute) and England legionnaire Kai Havertz (7th) quickly took the lead. The form-strong Ilkay Gündogan (56th) followed up with his goal after the break. After the recent debacle in Spain, the DFB team gave the national coach a first small gift – the bigger one is to follow at the EM in the summer.
“For the most part, I’m satisfied. We started with a lively and dynamic start. We wanted to set an example right away. The team entered the game with the right attitude. That is why the win was overall sovereign. We allowed few scoring chances,” praised Löw, but he was not entirely satisfied with the second 45 minutes: “In the second half we played too many passes backwards, missed some moments, triggered dynamics, picked up speed.”
“It played into our cards that we scored two goals early on. What was missing in the last few games and what we have firmly resolved to make that you can see it on the pitch today, that we bring this passion to the field, To be allowed to play for our country. The fact that there are eleven guys on the pitch who are really up for it, “said goalscorer Goretzka and Gündogan emphasized:” Reaction, yes. But we should always have a yardstick for ourselves, so we went into the game . ”
Löw has to replace Hofmann and Halstenberg at short notice
Löw had to rebuild his team at short notice after the first Corona case in the national team. Because in addition to Jonas Hofmann from Mönchengladbach, who tested positive for Corona, Marcel Halstenberg, who was intended as a left-back, also had to be quarantined.
The person from Leipzig was classified as a Category 1 contact person by the responsible health department and was also isolated. “The two of them sat together for a long time. Then we had to follow up. That was the result. Unfortunately, that was a stupid backgammon game,” said DFB director Oliver Bierhoff.
DFB-Elf demands the observance of human rights
The German national soccer team had clearly positioned itself for the observance of human rights before the game. During the line-up for the national anthems, each player wore a black T-shirt with a white letter – together the strong message was: “HUMAN RIGHTS”.
Kimmich initiates the first two hits
In the empty Duisburg stadium, shortly after kick-off, Löw got the earliest two-goal lead in an international match since the 4-2 win against Ecuador on the USA trip in May 2013. Joshua Kimmich initiated the first two hits with two strong passes.
Goal celebration of the German national team
Image: imago images / Uwe Kraft
First he skilfully lifted the ball onto his Munich colleague Serge Gnabry, who matched Goretzka. Then Kimmich played Leroy Sané free, whose cross Havertz converted to 2-0.
Gnabry and Sané travel a lot
On the flanks, Gnabry and Sané often changed positions and immediately regained a few balls. The failure of regular players Toni Kroos (adductors) and Niklas Süle (strain) was hardly noticeable, even if not everything went well after the dream start. In the forefront, there was a lack of determination against the close-knit guests.
It was only towards the end of the first half that the four-time world champion came to further great opportunities through Kimmich (42nd) and Antonio Rüdiger (43rd). The newly put together defense with Dortmund’s Emre Can as left-back was hardly challenged. Rüdiger intervened at the last moment in the Icelanders’ only chance in the first half through Runar Sigurjonsson (27th) and gave commands loudly as Löw demanded.
Iceland stronger early in the second half
At the beginning of the second round, the 2016 European Championship quarter-finalist acted a little more courageously, while the German team switched to administrative mode. But in the end it was Gündogan, who had been towering for weeks, who made things clear with a long-range shot. Shortly afterwards Gnabry failed at the post (70th).
Debut for Bayern Musiala
In the final phase, Löw was able to spare his frequent players a little. Instead, the 18-year-old Bavarian jewel Jamal Musiala made his national team debut.
Löw waived subsequent nominations
After the corona case Jonas Hofmann, Joachim Löw waived subsequent nominations for the other World Cup qualifiers. “There are daily tests. If nothing happens now, we will most likely stay in this group, unless there are still injuries,” said Löw.
On Saturday (March 27th, 21st) the DFB entourage will leave for Romania for the second qualifying match, before North Macedonia will return to Duisburg on Wednesday (March 31st, 21st) to conclude the three-pack.