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Romania 0-1 Germany: Initial reactions and observations

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Please no injuries, that’s all we ask.

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Initial observations and analysis:

  • A game full of wasted chances - Similar to the first-half, Germany generated countless scoring opportunities, but failed to capitalize on any of them. Joachim Low needs to work on his attack’s efficiency, as stronger oppositions will not concede this many chances in Euros.
  • In what only seemed like a tactical move from Romania head coach, Joshua Kimmich took a lot of kicks and was under constant pressure from opposition players. Fortunately, he didn’t receive any serious knock.
  • Transition game appears to be Germany’s strong suit. Die Mannschaft are able to launch counter-attacks in a blink of an eye, with players like Timo Werner, Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane and even Kai Havertz excelling in making incisive and well-timed runs.
  • As it turns out, Gnabry broke another national team record with his goal (via Bundesliga.com):

Gnabry now has 15 goals in only 19 appearances for Germany, which sees him overtake the likes of Jupp Heynckes and Franz Beckenbauer in the country’s scoring chart. The Bayern man has now also been directly involved in 18 goals in 17 international games since the 2018 World Cup, which is the most of any Germany player in that time.

  • Theoretically, the match was never going to produce a thrilling contest. Germany never ceased to attack and remained in control throughout the 90 minutes.

Full time: Romania 0-1 Germany.


90’ — Substitution: Florian Neuhaus and Amin Younes come on for Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane.


75’ — Substitution: Timo Werner comes on for Kai Havertz.


46’ — The second half has begun!


Initial observations and analysis:

  • Germany’s counter-pressing has been a joy to watch. The team worked as a unit throughout the course of the opening-half and succumbed Romania in their half.
  • Serge Gnabry has been the standout performer of the attack, so far. The Chef isn’t a target man, yet his poacher-like instincts and in-behind runs are simply unhandleable.
  • Once again, the Germans were able to create a lot of chances but lacked that final execution in the Romania box.
  • Congratulations to Manuel Neuer! The GOATkeeper makes his 98th national team appearance, drawing level with Michael Ballack.

16’ — GOAL! Serge Gnabry makes it 1-0 for Germany!


Kickoff! — We are underway in Bucharest!


Lineup

Germany’s lineup is out and Joachim Löw went with the same exact group as he did against Iceland:

Given the knocks suffered by Leon Goretzka and Leroy Sane over the past couple of days, is this a bad idea for the Bayern Munich boys?


The international break continues! There’s only a week to go until Bayern Munich face RB Leipzig, but the football gods continue to torture us with the most irresponsible international break in the footballing calendar.

This time, Germany face Romania, who ... um ... yeah I’ve got nothing. The Germans will be without Niklas Sule, who returned to Munich with thigh problems. Meanwhile, Leroy Sane and Leon Goretzka are both doubtful — which is GREAT news (if you’re Romanian). With Germany on a high after the big win over Iceland, fans expect to see another dominant performance with beautiful attacking football.

It’s up to Jogi Low to deliver.


Match Info

Location: Arena Nationala-intrarea dinspre Str.Maior Ion Coravu, Bucharest, Romania

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

TV/streaming: ESPN+, Find Your Country

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