Julian Nagelsmann suffered his second defeat as Germany manager as Die Mannschaft slumped to a 2-0 loss to Austria in an international friendly in Leopoldstadt. Goals from former Bayern Munich midfielder Marcel Sabitzer and TSG Hoffenheim’s Christoph Baumgartner provided the goals for Austria, each scoring in either half of play.
On the overall balance, despite Germany having a handful of half-credible chances, Austria out-shot the visitors 7-3 shots on target and Alexander Schlager simply was not tested enough. Defensively, Nagelsmann opted to go with a back three comprised of Mats Hummels, Johnathan Tah, and Antonio Rüdiger from the get-go with Kai Havertz and Julian Brandt acting as inverted wing backs, but throughout proceedings, Germany looked devoid of a solid structure. It was far too easy for Austria to seamlessly work their way through Germany’s midfield and create chances almost out of nothing.
Matters were made significantly worse for Germany in the 49th minute when Leroy Sané had a temporary, yet severe, lack of judgement, letting tempers boil over when he clipped Austria’s Phillipp Mwene in the back of the heel. Bayern’s number 10 then proceeded to shove the Mainz man after the two had what appeared to be a vigorous verbal exchange following Sané’s challenge. The two had been going at it for most of the first half, but the incident left the referee with no choice but to send Sané off.
After the match, Sané placed full blame of Germany’s loss on himself, saying that his frustration’s had really been building stretching back to Germany’s 3-2 loss against Turkey in Berlin. “The game is on me, that can’t happen to me. No blame to the boys, no blame to my opponent. I was frustrated with my own performance – today, but also against Turkey,” he explained to Sport1’s Kerry Hau (via @iMiaSanMia).
Sané could also possibly receive a ban of up to three matches for Germany as punishment for the incident that led to his red card against Austria. For him, if the ban is, in fact, enforced, this would mean he would miss out on Germany’s final preparations for next summer’s European Championships.