0:1 against Hungary – The German national football team has to bury its dream of winning the Nations League. It was the first defeat under national coach Hansi Flick.
The German national football team must fulfill its dream of winning the Nations League. After an undeserved 0:1 (0:1) in Leipzig against Hungary, the DFB team can no longer reach first place in League A Group 3 and thus in the Final Four tournament in June 2023. This was national manager Hansi Flick’s first defeat in Game 14.
Hungary led the group with ten points after they drew against Italy in the group match on Monday in front of their own audience. European champions had eight points after beating England 1-0. Second place is at best for Germany (6 points), which will eventually face the English (2). England were relegated to the B League.
Dream goal from Ádám Szalai
Hungary made it clear from the start that they did not come to Leipzig just to limit the damage. Shortly after kick-off in front of nearly 40,000 spectators, the brave guests took the first corner kick and were much more determined than the DFB-Elf, who then looked for space but couldn’t find it.
Hungary took the lead in the 17th minute as Ádám Szalai fired another corner for Marc-André ter Stegen. Nothing of this kind was seen among the Germans. The first half was definitely one of the weakest of the Flick era. A header from Thomas Müller who did not pose any problems for Péter Gulásci (39′) – he had no chance to send any more.
After a change of sides, the DFB hitters went to much more researched work, with Thilo Kehrer replacing the inconspicuous Serge Gnabry. More speed and risk were quickly noticed in the passing game: Gulásci saved his foot against Leroy Sané (51′), Thomas Müller scored after Jonas Hofmann’s save – but Gladbacher was offside (53′).
But now the German team has finally come dangerously in front of the opposing box: Timo Werner’s shot didn’t have enough pressure to seriously test Gulásci (57′), Joshua Kimmich’s side-neck shot that had the fans cheering. very little sensitivity just one touch ( 60th). A header from Sané clearly missed the goal (69th).
Top sprint with Havertz and Musiala
Flick ended his final sprint with substitutions: Ilkay Gundogan was replaced by Jamal Musiala, Werner was replaced by Kai Havertz. Counterattacking Hungarians had their next big chance, Ter Stegen was able to save against Martin Ádám (72′).
Still, Musiala and Havertz breathed new life, both taking part in the attack that brought the next equalization opportunity. But Kimmich’s powerful shot did not get past Ádám Lang’s head (77′).
Germany’s time was running out, especially as the Hungarians continued to be extremely dangerous in the counterattack. László Kleinheisler found his champion in Ter Stegen (86th place), but this would lag behind from a Hungarian point of view: nothing came from the Germans, Szalai’s goal was enough for the outsider to win.