Germany rebels with the Füllkrug 'tank' and scratches Switzerland for a tie and first place within the group | Euro Cup Germany 2024 | EUROtoday

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Niclas Füllkrug, the quintessential space tank, got here off the bench and secured Germany's lead in Group A of the Euro Cup with a header in stoppage time. The 1-1 rating prevented the organizers from defeating Switzerland. Led by essentially the most strategic model of the as soon as impulsive Xhaka, the Swiss performed an clever match in opposition to an opponent who performed with leaden toes and a clouded thoughts, with out rigidity, with out concepts, excessively depending on Gündogan to sublimate the assaults.


Yann Sommer, Manuel Akanji, Fabian Schär, Ricardo Rodríguez, Silvan Widmer, Remo Freuler, Michel Aebischer, Granit Xhaka, Fabian Rieder, Dan Ndoye, Breel Embolo, Rubén Vargas (Fabian Rieder, min. 64), Kwadwo Duah (Breel Embolo, min. 64) and Zeki Amdouni (Dan Ndoye, min. 64)


Manuel Neuer, Maximilian Mittelstädt, Joshua Kimmich, Jonathan Tah, Antonio Rüdiger, Jamal Musiala, Toni Kroos, Robert Andrich, Florian Wirtz, Ilkay Gündogan, Kai Havertz, David Raum (Maximilian Mittelstädt, min. 60), Nico Schlotterbeck (Jonathan Tah, min. 60), Maximilian Beier (Robert Andrich, min. 64), Leroy Sané (Florian Wirtz, min. 75) and Niclas Füllkrug (Jamal Musiala, min. 75)

1-0 min. 27: Dan Ndoye. 1-1 min. 91: Fulkrug

Referee Daniele Orsato

Yellow playing cards

Dan Ndoye (min. 24), Jonathan Tah (min. 37), Xhaka (min. 66), Widmer (min. 80)

Julian Nagelsmann despatched a message of confidence to his gamers. He lined up the beginning crew. Despite being arithmetically labeled for the spherical of 16, he refused to invest in the hunt for a cushty crossing within the quarterfinals. All German followers know that the primary in Group A would meet the primary in Group B within the quarterfinals, that’s, with Spain. The German coach didn't care. He ordered his gamers to step on the accelerator and, within the course of, conveyed to them that he trusts of their skill to even face Rodri's crew, essentially the most intimidating within the event.

Gündogan performs an important function on this choice. His standing as captain is only a reflection of his exemplary character and his tactical genius. No one, not even Musiala, a lot much less Wirtz, is able to doing what he does for his crew. His place is intentionally a number of. Against Switzerland he occupied the complete middle lane. He moved at will from his line of centre-backs to Sommer's aim line, to repair the Swiss centre-backs, to unmark himself in house, to obtain and switch in the direction of the aim or to go down to go away the ball dealing with in lightning helps and provides continuity to the maneuvers that Kroos began from the bottom camp. Gündogan's area of motion was essentially the most troublesome as a result of he traveled by means of the world most populated by his opponents. While he was lively, Germany discovered a means. When his appearances decreased, nobody took over from him. Without Gündogan on the coronary heart of the performs, Xhaka and Akanji strengthened their fortress.

Xhaka, Freuler and Akanji have been very expert at stretching and tightening their traces like an accordion. They learn their rivals' sport completely and absorbed it in a giant bag. They started by letting Kroos transfer the ball when he did so from far again, and so they lowered areas to chop off the passing lanes in the direction of the playmakers. When Gündogan didn’t provide, Musiala and Wirtz didn’t transfer recurrently to get out of the harassment and the play was naturally channeled in the direction of Kimmich and Mittelstädt, the full-backs. The German raids inexorably led to facilities. There Akanji, Schar and Rodríguez received in opposition to a sleepy Havertz. Only Andrich, with a shot from 25 meters, managed to beat Sommer. But the VAR annulled it as a consequence of a scarcity of Musiala.

Germany misplaced management of the match little by little. Perhaps as a result of he didn’t press with due rigor and aggressiveness. Perhaps as a result of his circulation was poor, or innocuous, and he ended up lacking too many passes in opposition to an opponent who knew how you can press on the proper moments. The vicious circle took its toll. The Germans have been troubled when Rieder pressured Musiala, stole the ball from him and launched a counterattack that Freuler completed with a move to the close to submit and Ndoye completed off because of the slowness of Tah.

The native public was speechless. Nagelsmann rushed into the locker room when the referee signaled half-time. But the 1-0, removed from stimulating his males, infected the opponents. Xhaka and his companions returned grown from the interval. They harassed with extra willpower and the circulation that Kroos sought broke down. At instances, those that moved the ball with out complexes have been the Swiss. Nagelsmann's adjustments didn’t treatment issues. On the opposite. Without Musiala or Wirtz, the assault didn’t evolve. With Sané, Füllkrug and Havertz the advances turned blind. Running extra, crashing extra, and looking for balls into the pot solely resulted in Swiss reaffirmation. One aim kick was sufficient for the Helvetians for Vargas to finish up scoring 2-0, canceled as a consequence of offside by likelihood. Then Xhaka compelled Neuer to take a bomb. The expeditionary followers roared. Kimmich scored crosses, Raum scored crosses. The mild was going out for the host crew when Füllkrug, the providential tank, headed a lob and adjusted it to the squad.

With no sport left, Germany prevailed. With the character of revolt. Old long-established. Nagelsmann gave them his confidence and his gamers endorsed it.

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