Initial reactions and observations:
- Well, that was brutal. Germany’s World Cup marketing campaign might hardly have began on a extra uninspired be aware.
- Subs sparked the rescue, and Werder Bremen’s No. 9 proves to be Germany’s hero. Is there any means Füllkrug would not begin towards Japan?
- We did not see Thomas Müller or Mario Götze at this time, save for a glimpse of a sullen Müller on the sidelines. This is an awfully lengthy lay-off for Müller, and possibly about time to get involved.
- Flick goes to enter this match dealing with a variety of questions, and the squad will really feel they’ve a lot to work on within the few days of coaching left.
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90+3′ — Chance Germany! What a cross that was from midfield by Julian Brandt to play Sané behind the Oman strains. Sané seems to virtually journey on the ball, although, and makes a hash of his cross. Plays like this could lead to objectives.
84′ — Nearly a second! The similar mixture once more, as Hofmann goes to Havertz, who fires a superb shot from the best half-house. Füllkrug pounces on the items and it is behind the web, however he is dominated off-aspect.
80′ — GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAL GERMANY! Jonas Hofmann sprays a ball forward for Kai Havertz, who drives into the field and calmly slides in Füllkrug to his left. The striker makes completely no mistake, and buries it residence for Germany’s benefit.
76′ — Kevin de Bruyne spots a superb ahead run that splits Schlotterbeck and Bella-Kotchap, and feeds his teammate behind the German protection from deep in midfield. Bella-Kotchap scrambles and comes dangerously near conceding a penalty, however it’s narrowly off-aspect anyway.
(Edit: I’m advised that wasn’t Kevin de Bruyne enjoying for Oman, and it is solely that Germany are making everybody appear to be world-beaters in the mean time.)
Cooling break could not come at a greater time.
72′ — Are you kidding me?! How have Oman not scored! Germany are minimize utterly open on the break; Nico Schlotterbeck is caught out by a swap in no man’s land and Oman simply feeds it inside from wing to middle. A middle-ahead has a very open shot at a large-open purpose, however he will get his contact horribly mistaken and deflects the cross broad, to Manuel Neuer’s aid.
64′ — Germany sub. This is attention-grabbing: BVB’s Julian Brandt comes into midfield for Manchester City’s Gündoğan, leaving Kimmich the lone CM with any defensive sensibilities. Brandt and Havertz may perform as twin 8s.
60′ — Chance Germany! Havertz slides in Jonas Hofmann, who performs a low cross in that Füllkrug practically latches onto. In the top it is a nook. Sure seems good with a 9 on the market, proper?
56′ — SHOT OMAN! Thilo Kehrer will get turned inside out and Oman drives in on Manuel Neuer’s purpose. Yikes!
53′ — CHANCE GERMANY! An errant again-cross goes straight to Niclas Füllkrug within the field, and he hits it with energy like a real No. 9. Sensational save — and then off the nook, one other shot comes from Kehrer that appears prefer it has gone over the road! Play goes on, nevertheless.
On replays, it is clear that the ball was cleared simply off the road. Super second from the Oman keeper.
46′ — Lots of modifications on the half! Füllkrug comes on carrying the #9, as does Joshua Kimmich, Christian Günter, and Nico Schlotterbeck in a collection of like-for-like modifications. Moukoko, Goretzka, Raum, and Ginter make means.
- The Germans clearly aren’t in full gear, clearly, however Oman are going toe-to-toe.
- Flick’s experimental line-up is providing extra questions than solutions.
- I’m able to see Niclas Füllkrug for a whole 45′. In reality, I feel it is crucial.
45+1′ — CHANCE GERMANY! Goretzka feeds Raum down the left flank and a looping cross lands at Moukoko’s ft. The Dortmund teen will get in a pleasant shot; Goretzka hits it once more on the parry, however that is blocked too.
43′ — CHANCE IN OMAN! The residence aspect breaks dangerously, with Bella-Kotchap crushed one-on-one on the best aspect of the central protection. A ahead is present in house in taking pictures place however misses. Germany had been threatening however misplaced the ball to concede this counter.
41′ — Sane delivers a crisp and exact ball proper into the CF on the semi-circle, however Moukoko’s first contact lets him down once more. Germany is having a variety of bother displaying something.
38′ — For the second time within the final ten-odd minutes, Gündoğan dribbles via the left half-house and tries to feed the ball ahead just for a brief cross to be intercepted. The Germans even actually out of sync.
34′ — Germany sub. Lukas Klostermann is already off (???) for Southampton’s thrilling 20-yr-previous, Armel Bella-Kotchap. It seems like Klostermann cannot proceed, and this shifts Thilo Kehrer out to proper-again.
32′ — Cooling break for the gamers. Getting acclimated to the local weather might be as vital as anything on this match.
26′ — Matthias Ginter is down after taking a shot to the top. Leon Goretzka took among the sizzle off it by blocking it off his, nicely, rear, however Ginter nonetheless has to make his method to the sidelines and get evaluated.
22′ — Germany wins the ball again and Kai Havertz is in a harmful place to drag the strings. He tries a barely audacious swap that falls in need of the mark. The Germans are missing crispness thus far.
20′ — A ball excessive from Oman evades Matthias Ginter in central protection and the house aspect are via — however terribly wasteful with their likelihood.
1′ – Kickoff! We’re on the best way! Or are we? The schedule says so! Someone who has a stream can inform us how these away jerseys search for the Germans. All eyes shall be on 17-yr-previous Youssoufa Moukoko, who leads the road at this time.
One hour till kickoff: We have lineups! Hansi Flick fields a 4-2-3-1 with many common starters benched. Looks like he is experimenting at this time. If these gamers wish to be on the principle XI come subsequent week, they’re going to want a superb efficiency right here. Germany do not want a win, they only want data.
There’s solely every week left till Germany kick off their 2022 World Cup marketing campaign with an opener towards Japan. Hansi Flick has a ton of labor to do — he wants to seek out his finest XI, he must get his gamers up to the mark, and he must finalize what the group setup shall be when the precise vital video games roll round. Unfortunately, he solely has one check recreation towards Oman to determine some issues out, which makes this recreation all of the extra vital.
Most individuals anticipate the Bayern Munich contingent to dominate the German XI, and that’ll undoubtedly be the case. As their former coach, Hansi is aware of these guys, and they’re essentially the most gifted stars Germany has proper now. However, even throughout the Bayern setup, there are questions on Thomas Muller’s health, Leroy Sane’s present kind, and extra. Meanwhile, the remainder of the group has query marks hanging over it. This recreation towards Oman ought to present helpful perception.
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Location: Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, Muscat, Oman
Time: 9:00 pm native time, 12:00 pm EST
TV/streaming: Find Your Country
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