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Ukraine 1-2 Germany: Initial reactions and observations

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Germany secure their first win in the Nations League.

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Initial reactions and observations

  • Germany were poor for the entire game, lacking dynamism and struggling to create chances. This 3-5-2 doesn’t work very well.
  • Why didn’t Kai Havertz start? Why does Low insist on playing Julian Draxler over him? The selections remain baffling.
  • Germany got lucky, scoring from a set piece and a goalkeeper error. A better team would’ve torn this side apart.

After a long hiatus, the most pointless footballing cup competition ever devised is back on track. Germany travel to Ukraine to take on ... well, Ukraine. This time, Jogi Low has all his Bayern Munich players at his disposal — the only ones missing are Leroy Sane (due to injury) and Thomas Muller and Jerome Boateng (due to braindead stupidity).

Still, with the likes of Manuel Neuer, Joshua Kimmich, Serge Gnabry, and Leon Goretzka, even Jogi should be able to pull off a win against the Ukrainians. If he doesn’t — well, there will be no consequences, since this is the DFB we’re talking about. Hope Germany avoids yet another draw, and gives us an entertaining game. We could really use one of those.


Match Info

Location: National Sports Complex “Olympiyskiy”, Kiev, Ukraine

Time: 8:45 pm local time, 2:45 pm EST

TV/streaming: ESPN+, Find Your Country

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