Behind a late goal from Bayern Munich’s Leon Goretzka, Germany earned a 2-2 draw with a very tough Hungary side. Die Mannschaft will now move on to face England at Wembley Stadium in the knockout round. Here are some quick hitters on the match:
- Let’s get this out of the way: If Goretzka is not starting the next match, Joachim Löw should be canned immediately. Enough with the loyalty to Toni Kroos and İlkay Gündoğan, Goretzka needs to be in the lineup.
- Sure, Goretzka’s game-winner was the product of some great work initiated by Timo Werner and Jamal Musiala, but that is what Goretzka brings to the table: the ability to change the game offensively and defensively.
- Immediately after coming into the game, Goretzka made several runs to create opportunities and open up space that no other midfielder on the squad — even Joshua Kimmich — is capable of doing.
- Gündoğan has been one of — if not the — least impactful player in Germany’s starting XI for the tournament. It is time for him to pass the torch to Goretzka.
- The starting frontline of Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane, and Kai Havertz interchanged positions on the front line frequently and it was not smooth. I don’t mind this kind of freedom in a club setting because there is much more time to build relationships and familiarity, but for international play, I feel like it creates confusion and delay.
- At times, there was zero creativity nor any movement from the start front line and central midfielders. Of the three frontline players, Havertz was the best, but he was not exactly lighting the world on fire. The Chelsea man does, however, deserve credit for heading home Germany’s first goal.
- Gnabry and Sane were not great at all. The same could be said for Kimmich, Gündoğan, and Kroos. Robin Gosens was pretty invisible as well, but Germany’s insistence on playing up the right side probably dictated that and when Gosens did get opportunities, he struggled.
- Sane was an out-and-out mess at times. I thoroughly did not understand Löw’s decision to take out Havertz — after he scored Germany’s first goal — instead of Sane, who had an abysmal game. He did track back hard, but offensively he is having some major issues.
- After a roller coaster ride of a season for Bayern Munich, fans should probably be a little concerned about what they are seeing from Sane.
- After a flat first half, not making subs at halftime was borderline inexcusable. Somehow, Löw got what he needed out of the game.
- There was a severe lack of urgency in Germany’s play. That has been consistent for more than three years. It did improve until all of the subs were in. Of course, things instantly felt more urgent when Thomas Müller walked on to the pitch and started to bark out orders and make things happen.
- People can say what they want about players like Timo Werner and Jamal Musiala, but when push came to shove, they were two of the players who made things happen. The duo initiated the play that eventually led to Goretzka’s fantastic game-tying goal. Though neither player gets a notch on the scoresheet, both helped make the play happen.
- Mats Hummels might have had a few down moments — and physically he is clearly not 100% — but he has been an absolute rock as a leader at center-back. The squad needs him there as much as they need Müller on the frontline. Hummels does need to get himself healthy, however. You could argue he was primarily at fault on both of Hungary’s goal (if you absolutely had to point a finger at someone).
- I would not mind seeing Niklas Süle join Hummels on the backline against England, but Löw has been loathe to change much of anything up.
- Overall, that was actually a fun game to watch from a sporting perspective, but a nerve-racking match if you were a Germany fan. For the entirety of the match, it felt like this was going to be one more big game that Löw was going to fumble. Despite some extremely questionable decisions that could have averted the match going the way it did (not starting Goretzka, sticking with Sane), the 2014 World Cup winner did pull the right strings with his subs and got the minimum result he needed to move on. That accounts for something, I guess.
Ah...transfer season and Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski wants a new deal. You all know what the means: Absolute and utter craziness!
Per the report below, Chelsea is “determined” to get a new striker and has both Lewandowski and Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland on its wish list:
Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski has reportedly emerged as a transfer target for Chelsea.
The Blues are seemingly determined to sign a new striker during this summer’s transfer window and continue to be linked with a big-money move for Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Braut Haaland.
Thomas Tuchel’s side could ultimately be priced out of a deal for Haaland, though, and according to Sport1, the Premier League club have put together a list of possible alternatives.
But wait, there’s more!
Haaland, though, might actually have agreed to personal terms with Chelsea — if you believe journalist Ian McGarry. The offer to Dortmund, however, is certainly lacking considering what BVB might actually want:
The west London outfit have reportedly agreed personal terms with the striker. That is according to journalist Ian McGarry on the Transfer Window Podcast.
Whilst that is a major step forward in their attempts to sign the frontman this summer, a fee now needs to be agreed between both clubs which is easier said than done.
And if reports that personal terms have been agreed are true, Chelsea fans will be delighted to know that they have made their move for Haaland.
According to a report from Italian-based journalist Ekrem Konur, Chelsea have lodged a bid for Dortmund hitman Erling Haaland. The report suggests that the European champions have offered £60m (€70m), as well as current blues striker Tammy Abraham in part exchange.
Paris Saint-Germain is nearing a deal for Inter Milan right-back Achraf Hakimi. The transfer sum could be €75 million, plus bonuses:
The Paris Saint Germain is getting closer to Hakimi . In the next few days , Inter is expecting the decisive thrust of the French club, also because contacts with the player’s agent are now continuous.
The operation is not yet closed but PSG could reach 75 million, including bonuses, for the player. The developments in the next few days will therefore be seen, but Paris is getting closer and closer.
Germany U-21 star Lukas Nmecha will return from his loan at RSC Anderlecht to Manchester City, but is drawing offers from RB Leipzig, VfB Stuttgart, and Eintracht Frankfurt:
Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho might not be getting much run from Gareth Southgate and England, but Manchester United is very eager to bring in the 21-year-old. The two sides are reportedly getting close to a deal:
Somebody get these France fans Waze...or a map...or some common sense:
A group of France fans managed to miss their team’s Euro 2020 game against Hungary at the weekend after not only travelling to the wrong stadium, but the wrong country completely.
Les Bleus were playing in the Hungarian capital of Budapest last Saturday afternoon but, according to Romanian newspaper Jurnalul National, the six hapless work colleagues boarded a flight that morning that landed more than 500 miles away in the Romanian capital of Bucharest.
Budapest. Bucharest. You can see where the confusion lies.
Lewandowski was determined to score in Poland’s 2-1 loss to Sweden yesterday. So determined that he pretty much went 1 v. the country of Sweden on this goal: