Initial reactions and observations
- Germany had a very fluid formation, maybe down to the fact that Hansi Flick wasn’t using too many of his Bayern Munich players today. The team created plenty of chances but struggled to finish, which doesn’t really say much because it’s Israel. The game against the Netherlands will be a better test for this side.
- Jamal Musiala is such a scintillating talent. Played in a more advanced position today, he was causing the Israeli defense all kinds of problems.
- Kai Havertz seems like the solution to Germany’s striker woes.
- David Raum cut an impressive figure as Flick’s Davies-replacement at left-back.
- Outside of his last minute penalty brainfart, Nico Schlotterbeck had a really good game.
Full time: Germany win 2-0.
90’ + 3’ — Penalty to Israel! Aaaand Trapp saves! Wow.
89’ — Penalty to Germany! Thomas Muller steps up to take, and he hits the post ...
70’ — Seventy minutes into this game and we are still at 2-0. C’mon lads, you can score more! The finishing has just been sad. Meanwhile, Werner has come off for Sane.
45’ — The second half is underway! Thomas Muller is on now!
Halftime: Germany lead 2-0.
45’+1’ — GOAL! Timo Werner makes it 2-0! Great free kick by Germany.
36’ — GOAL! Havertz makes it 1-0 from a corner! Finally, after so many missed chances.
28’ — We’re at the half hour mark and it’s still scoreless for Germany. Timo Werner had a few chances but simply couldn’t finish. Ugh.
Kickoff: We’re underway! Can Hansi win without most of his Bayern starters?
One hour until kickoff: We have lineups! Despite taking basically the entire Bayern contingent with him, Hansi Flick has only decided to start Jamal Musiala for the game against Israel tonight. Ilkay Gundogan captains the side in the absence of Thomas Muller and Manuel Neuer.
Tonight's starting XI #DieMannschaft #GERISR pic.twitter.com/VP3prPGV00— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) March 26, 2022
The international break is BACK, and so far Bayern Munich fans have had very little action to savor. This changes tonight as Hansi Flick will be set to name a Germany lineup with ... *checks notes* only five Bayern players?
Yep that’s right. With Leon Goretzka and Niklas Sule both injured and Joshua Kimmich staying behind in Munich to attend the birth of his child, only Thomas Muller, Jamal Musiala, Leroy Sane, and Serge Gnabry will represent Bayern Munich in the outfield in tonight’s game against Israel. Keeper and captain Manuel Neuer is set to start in goal while Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan is set to play in midfield. Chelsea’s Timo Werner and Kai Havertz are also likely to get chances, whether from the bench or from kickoff.
For Germany and Flick, this is a chance to maybe test out some of the fringe players in different positions before the World Cup rolls around. Expect some experimentation, and maybe a difficult game for the Germans.
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Location: Rhein-Neckar Arena, Sinsheim, Germany
Time: 8:45 pm local time, 9:30 am EST
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