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Hungary 1-1 Germany: Initial reactions and observations

Two games, no wins so far. Now make it three.

Germany v England: UEFA Nations League - League Path Group 3 Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images

FULLTIME - The game ends 1-1 and Germany now have drawn four in a row

Some quick thoughts:

  • The lack of a pure striker shows more and more every game
  • A back three might not work
  • Rüdiger’s absence was notable today.

85’ — Karim Adeyemi and Lukas Nmecha on; Kai Havertz and Jonas Hofmann off.

78’ — Thomas Müller on along with Julian Brandt; Timo Werner and Jamal Musiala off. Will we see a goal in the remaining minutes?

68’ — Ilkay Gündogan on for Leon Goretzka for Germany; Hungary takes off Adam Szalai for Adam and goal scorer Nagy for Nego. Germany has a penalty shout in the box but referee overlooks it.

45’ — Second half begins. Timo Werner earns Germany a corner which doesn’t amount to much.

Halftime: Germany 1-1 Hungary

9’ — GOAL! Jonas Hofmann scores to make it level!

5’ — Goal. Hungary have scored already. What a mess at the back from Germany.

Kickoff: We’re underway!

One hour until kickoff: We have lineups! In a surprise move by Hansi Flick, Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller has been benched for this game, with the Chelsea duo of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz starting up top. Jamal Musiala and Jonas Hofmann reprise their roles on the wings, while Thilo Kehrer seemingly comes in at right-back. Nico Schlotterbeck gets a second consecutive start with Niklas Sule returning to the lineup.

We’re a week into the summer edition of the UEFA Nations League, and Germany have surprisingly failed to register a win. Hansi Flick will no doubt be vexed by this, and the game against Hungary will be a chance for the Germans to show the progress they’ve made thus far. Hopefully, things go to plan.

In terms of players, only Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus and Bayern Munich’s Serge Gnabry have been ruled out of the game. Other than that, Flick has almost a full squad at his disposal. He could still elect to rest some players, such as City’s Ilkay Gundogan, for the sake of the upcoming midweek game against Italy. However, don’t expect too many changes from the coach — there’s still a game to win.

While you’re waiting for the game, why not check out our postgame review of Germany’s draw to England? Listen to it below or at this link.

Match Info

Location: Puskás Aréna Park, Budapest, Hungary

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

TV/streaming: Find Your Country

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