Boss Toni Kroos and two Lightning goals-DFB Team celebrates Rebirth

boss toni kroos and two lightning goals dfb team celebrates rebirth

Status: 24.03.2024 00: 40

The German national team seems to be getting the curve in time for the European Championship: with leader Toni Kroos and two Lightning goals, they managed a smooth 2-0 victory in France on Saturday evening (23.03.2024) in Lyon-the whole thing had something of a rebirth of the DFB team.

National coach Julian Nagelsmann subsequently told The Sportschau: “Two early goals in both halves will help, of course. And then the counter-pressing was really very good, everyone in front helped right back after losing the ball. Then Marc-André ter Stegen held off an outstanding chance from Kylian Mbappé. In the second half we played really good football and gave ourselves a lot of chances.”

Völler’s Sportschau Interview makes it easier

DFB sporting director Rudi Völler, who can also imagine an extension of his term beyond the European Championship, admitted to the former: “After just eight seconds, not only the joy, but also the relief was great. To win 2-0 here at the top favorite for the European Championship title-that’s already a pound.”

It’s hard to believe when you remember the last tournaments and especially the International Year 2023: it was a completely deserved triumph of the DFB Team, which brought a lot of the qualities to the pitch that Nagelsmann had demanded: courage, determination, move to goal, pace in the passing game, presence in the opponent’s penalty area, consistency in counter-pressing.

Record goal and outstanding starting phase of the DFB Team

Already in the first 20 minutes, the German team was unrecognizable against the previous games in Austria (0:2) or against Turkey (2:3). The Ball circulated excellently, the offensive spaces were sought and also played courageously, after Ball losses the recovery worked excellently.

And: The Return of Toni Kroos had already paid off in record time: right after the kick – off of the game, the Comebacker Florian Wirtz set the scene, who gained free space in front of the French penalty area with a small hip wobbler-and after eight (!) Seconds from a good 20 meters with the fastest goal in DFB history to 1-0.

Almost the fastest international goal

There would not have been much missing and this goal would even have been the earliest international goal ever. But just on the same afternoon, Leipzig’s Christoph Baumgartner had hit exactly one second faster in the Austrians ‘ 2-0 success in Slovakia.

Wirtz said of this: “I noticed that with the record, but the crucial thing is that I scored my first international goal and we had a good Start to the game.”

As a result, the Germans gained a clear field superiority, pushed the Vice-World Champion deep into their own half. However, there were not too many scoring chances: a Solo from Wirtz with an addition to Jamal Musiala was still the most promising attempt after five minutes, but Musiala could not tip the Ball past goalkeeper Brice Samba.

Ter Stegen saves great against Mbappé

Only after 20 minutes did the hosts get into the game better. Triggered by too many missed passes in the German team, especially by Captain Ilkay Gündogan, the Équipe tricolore suddenly offered counter chances, which Ousmane Dembélé on the right against Maximilian Mittelstädt and Kylian Mbappé on the left against Joshua Kimmich repeatedly used.

Mbappé failed in the 22nd round. First with a full-length shot from a half – left Position, shortly afterwards he broke through again-but failed due to the outstanding reacting Marc-André ter Stegen. The Barca goalkeeper, who was only voted number two behind Manuel Neuer (missing with torn muscle fibers) by national coach Julian Nagelsmann for the upcoming Euro, was also in the 35th position. A shot from Dembélé to the spot.

Kylian Mbappe in the German penalty area

With a header from Adrien Rabiot just over the goal, ter Stegen needed luck, only after that the DFB team again gained freedom in the minutes before the change of sides and drove counterattacks.

And the next lightning start

Nagelsmann probably addressed these minutes in his intermission speech as an example of the march route after the restart – the Germans came out of the cabin much bolder again. And this time, too, the pay came early. This time, Wirtz sent Musiala into the depths, the maneuvered goalkeeper Samba out and perfectly fit into the back space to the rushing Kai Havertz – 2:0 in the 49th minute. Minutes.

The French looked as shocked as after the first goal, allowed themselves to be pushed back amazingly far and only became dangerous when Gündogan once again scattered a ball loss. But the Germans had the Next Top chance: Musiala braked just before Samba on a solo pass, then Robert Andrich narrowly missed the French goal from a distance.

Plenty of opportunities in the Final quarter hour

What the Germans did much better this time in contrast to the first half: they remained Master of the action, could no longer be distracted from the path and were the clearly superior team in the entire second half.

In the final quarter hour, this should have been reflected in the result. So Mittelstädt forced Samba to a glamour parade, shortly afterwards the substitutes Thomas Müller and debutant Deniz Undav hauchdünn failed at Samba and am 3:0. Mittelstädt later told The Sportschau: “My debut could not have been more beautiful. I’m extremely proud. It was not easy to play against Dembélé, but we did very well as a team.”

Robert Andrich summed up: “It was very special to be on the pitch from the beginning. We just wanted to perform a great performance. It didn’t look bad what we played today, but we have to stay there.”

A bit of luck and now against the Netherlands

The DFB team only needed a bit of luck once, when Mittelstädt finished in the 89th position. He almost had an own goal in a Minute. Antonio Rüdiger, however, scraped the ball off the line for the beaten ter Stegen and artistically moved it to the lower edge of the Batten. Shortly thereafter, Joker Olivier Giroud also narrowly failed-everything just fit for Germany that evening.

It is now necessary to confirm this appearance next Tuesday (26.03.2024) in Frankfurt against the Netherlands (20.45 clock, Live tickers at sportschau.de). After that, Tests against Ukraine will follow (3. June) and Greece (7. June), before the European Championship starts in Germany a week later.

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