Initial reactions and observations
- Germany knows when to score
Joachim Low’s team has shown some good attacking qualities tonight. But most importantly, they scored in crucial moments. They scored two early goals in the first half. In the second half, Iceland started better, but Gundogan scored, and after it, Iceland didn’t look dangerous at all.
- Attacking creativity
Low’s Germany didn’t look this creative for a long time. They combined well in the midfield, but most importantly, the attack was refreshed. Imagine how dangerous Germany would be with Thomas Muller behind the attackers.
- Midfield won the game
Germany’s midfield trio Kimmich-Gundogan-Goretzka dominated the game tonight. Germany had over 1000 passes and Iceland had around 300. Impressive stats for the team.
Full time — Germany 2:0 Iceland
85’ — Armin Younes comes in for Serge Gnabry
78’ — Timo Werner and Jamal Musiala in for Leroy Sane and Kai Havertz
71’ — Substitution: Florian Neuhaus in for Leon Goretzka
55’ — Ilkay Gundogan scores a world-class goal! Serge Gnabry with an assist
45’ — Second half kicks off!
- Quick start
Germany took the lead early. It took them only two minutes to score a goal and in the 7th minute, they were already two up.
- Bayern connection
Some of the best players of the first half are Bayern players. Kimmich is one of the best on the pitch, while Sane, Gnabry, Goretzka, and Havertz are connecting beautifully in front of Iceland’s goal. Germany made some good chances
- Iceland is not looking good
They didn’t give Germany much resistance. They’re looking slower and combining poorly. They had one good chance, but that’s it. They’ll have to try hard if they want a point out of this game.
Halftime — Germany leads 2:0
7’ — Kai Havertz scores after Leron Sane’s assist
2’ — Goal! Leon Goretzka scores an early goal after Serge Gnabry’s slick assist!
Kickoff — We’re underway!
No Bayern Munich action this week, but that’s okay! To appreciate the good, we must accept the bad. And very few things could be worse than Germany right now.
Jogi Low didn’t call up Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng, or Mats Hummels, while Toni Kroos and Niklas Sule are out for this one. That’s not a good sign for the Germans, who need every advantage they can get at this point. Jamal Musiala and Florian Wirtz have been called up to the NT for this one, so they should expect to see their first senior team action in the coming weeks. Will that happen in this game? Who knows. In the end, it’s mainly going to be the Bayern contingent carrying the Germans, as usual. Let’s hope for a good game.
Location: MSV-Arena, Duisburg, Germany
Time: 8:45 pm local time, 2:45 pm EST
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