Status: 11.11.2021 11:38 p.m.
With a goal party against Liechtenstein, Hansi Flick celebrated his start record as national coach – six wins in a row at the beginning. For the early decimated guests, things could have been much worse.
The hope of the Liechtensteiners to achieve a similar honorable result on Thursday evening (11.11.2021) in Wolfsburg as in the 0-2 in the first leg when Hansi Flick took office, was done pretty quickly – in the end it was said in front of Joachim Löw, which was passed in the stadium before kick-off, 9: 0 (4: 0) for the DFB-Elf.
The scene that initiated the debacle, however, hurt more in every slow motion: Defender Jens Hofer probably wanted to clear a high ball in his own penalty area, but kicked Leon Goretzka’s neck area with the outstretched studs: To red and penalty from referee Ivana Martinčić there was no alternative.
There followed twelve minutes for the guests. Ilkay Gündogan converted the penalty (11th). Then Daniel Kaufmann puts goals two to four with an own goal after a sharp cross from Christian Günter (20th), Leroy Sané after a wonderful combination over Marco Reus and Goretzka (22nd) and Reus after a clever deception by Sané (23rd) after.
Seizures of arrogance from Gündogan
There was a brief indication that the record victory of the German national team on July 1, 1912 against Russia (16-0) could be in danger if this number was maintained.
But in the following 20 minutes before the break, a few minor attacks of arrogance crept into the DFB team. Above all, Gündogan, who gave the same huge chances to fall, ensured that Flick on the sideline was angry at the spectators. Sané also had phases in which he missed the ultimate in seriousness.
Two changes at break
During the break, Flick should have demanded more speed in his team’s actions, more consistent walking paths in the depths and pull to the goal – with the inclusion of debutants Lukas Nmecha and Florian Neuhaus, he underpinned his desire for more determination.
The emergence of the 5-0 in the 49th minute should have met the wishes of the national coach: Reus consistently pulled through to the baseline after a blocked shot by Thomas Müller, fit precisely into the back area, where Sané executed through Müller’s legs.
Nmecha meets aluminum
After that, quite a few lengths crept in again, but the Wolfsburg audience still had their fun and celebrated with “La Ola”. No wonder: From the 64th minute on, there were also three VfL players on the pitch with the later nominated Maximilan Arnold as well as Ridle Baku and Nmecha.
Nmecha immediately joined in the attacks with vehemence, but had several bad luck, in the 56th minute the post prevented his goal for the national team debut.
Müller hits twice
The ten Liechtensteiners were then increasingly at the end of their tether. Müller on Neuhaus in the 76th minute, Baku with a left Winkelw.
In the end it would have been in double digits – Maximilian Göppel’s own header to make it 9-0 was the end of the goal party.
“Harmonious and great evening”
“You have to put it into perspective, because we don’t have any extreme opponents in our group,” said Müller afterwards: “But the people are there and we are there too. You can speak of a harmonious and great evening.”
Flick agreed: “Of course I’m satisfied. I’m happy that Jogi saw nine goals when he left. The atmosphere in the stadium was simply fantastic. The team, the spectators, the fans, that’s a good combination. The joy is carried out into the field. “