Initial reactions and observations
- Germany never looked uncomfortable in this game. They dealt with everything that came at them with relative ease. It wasn’t a spectacular win, but it was a solid performance, especially with a B-squad.
- Niclas Füllkrug is, without a doubt, Germany’s best striker at the moment. Bayern Munich should seriously look into signing him, he could complement Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting quite well. Germany’s best striker should play for Germany’s best club. Get to work, Brazzo.
- Speaking of Bayern, the representative trio was quietly efficient. Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka were their usual hardworking selves, and didn’t do anything wrong. Serge Gnabry got into some good places, and could have had one heck of a goal if it weren’t for the crossbar.
- Germany’s finishing issues still could use some work, but everything takes time. Having a true striker helps immensely.
- Peru played a very dirty game, throwing their bodies into German legs and having the nerve to complain when they were rightfully whistled (not that it happened that often, the ref was a tad lenient). Colombia did the same to South Korea yesterday, is dirty play a thing with average South American teams?
- Overall, good effort and good win from Germany. Hopefully they keep this up.
FT - Germany win 2-0!
86’ - Final sub of the night for Germany: Thilo Kehrer (why, Hansi?) comes on for Nico Schlotterbeck, who seems to have picked up an injury.
75’ - We have more subs: Mergim Berisha and Kevin Schade come on for Niclas Füllkrug and Kai Havertz. International debuts for both substitutes.
67’ - Germany are awarded a penalty but Kai Havertz hits the post!
46’ - Second half kicks off with multiple substitutions: Leon Goretzka, Serge Gnabry, and Mario Götze come on for Emre Can, Timo Werner, and Florian Wirtz.
HT - Germany lead 2-0.
33’ - TOOOOOOOR! Niclas Füllkrug again! Great ball whipped in from Marius Wolf, and the Bremen striker taps in easily.
12’ - TOOOOOOOR! Niclas Füllkrug puts Germany in front with a close range effort!
Kickoff: We are underway in Mainz!
One hour until kickoff: We have our lineups! Joshua Kimmich captains the side as the sole Bayern Munich representative.
The Germany side to take on Peru tonight #GERPER pic.twitter.com/YZrIccjt5n— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) March 25, 2023
Despite Bayern Munich reeling from a massive shakeup at the top level, German football will continue like nothing happened as Hansi Flick prepares his team for Euro 2024. This friendly against Peru is set to test out a new 4-2-2-2 formation and give new players a chance to shine. How will the Germans fare? And will the goings-on at Bayern prove distracting for some of the key players on the roster?
While you’re waiting for the game, why not check out our special edition podcast on Julian Nagelsmann? Arguments inbound. Listen to it below or at this link (sorry, no Spotify links available at this moment).
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