The DFB team got off to a successful start into the European Championship year and into qualifying for the 2022 World Cup. In front of empty ranks in Duisburg, Joachim Löw’s team beat Iceland 3-0 (2-0) thanks to goals from Leon Goretzka, Kai Havertz and Ilkay Gündogan.
On Sunday (8.45pm) the game continues against Romania in Bucharest, before the 2014 world champion competes again in Duisburg three days later (8.45pm). Opponent: North Macedonia.
In the duel with the Icelanders, national coach Löw put on a 4-3-3. Klostermann started back on the right, Ginter and Rüdiger formed the center-back couple and Can took on the role of left-back, which was rather unfamiliar to him, in the absence of Halstenberg, who had left at short notice due to the corona. Kimmich, Goretzka and Gündogan formed the midfield of three. In the front, Sane (mostly on the left), Gnabry (mostly in the center of the storm) and Havertz whirled as a free spirit, who sometimes picked up the ball in his own half.
“Iceland will defend very deeply,” predicted Löw before the start of the game. “We hope to take the lead early.” Said and done. It took less than three minutes when Goretzka exploited a nice combination between Kimmich and Gnabry with a solid left-hand shot into the lower right corner. Shortly afterwards Havertz followed up with a pass from Sane in the back of the completely overwhelmed Icelandic defense.
The dream start was perfect, the self-confidence there. Without Everton playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson, the guests, who seemed unimaginative, only got a dangerous offensive action (27th) in the first half thanks to a shot from Neuer rushing past Neuer, otherwise the men in black dominated the game at will. The only drawback: The German game was very left-wing, Klostermann, in contrast to Can, did not trust himself with the ball. And because the Icelanders defended more closely than in the wild opening minutes, it was not a shooting festival.
Germany – Iceland: The lineups
Germany: Neuer – Klostermann, Ginter, Rüdiger, Can – Goretzka (71st Neuhaus), Kimmich, Gündogan – Havertz (78th Musiala), Gnabry (86th Younes), Sane (78th Werner)
Iceland: Halldorson – Sampsted, Arnason, Ingason, Magnusson – Gunnarsson – Traustason (78th Arnor Sigurdsson), Palsson, Sigurjonsson (40th Gudmundsson), Bjarnason – Bödvarsson
Gates: 1-0 Goretzka (3rd), 2-0 Havertz (7th), 3-0 Gündogan (56th)
The linchpin in the DFB team. In the first half played more passes (91) than the entire Icelandic team (90.) Skillfully initiated the two early goals and kept looking for the end from the second row.