Germany needed to react after last November’s humiliating 6-0 against Spain that left them out of the Nations League and achieved their goal with a convincing victory against Iceland (3-0) in their first match of the qualifying phase for the World Cup. Qatar 2022.
Despite not being able to count on Toni Kroos, Germany also overcame the Covid-19 positive that Jonas Hofmann gave this morning, isolated with his direct contact Marcel Halstenberg, and quickly got the game back on track with two goals that gave him a lot tranquility to maintain their clear superiority on the pitch until the end of the game.
Kimmich, star, axis of the German game
Joshua Kimmich, stellar especially in the first half, led a midline that, completed by Leon Goretzka and Ilkay Gündogan, marked differences against an Iceland without reaction.
Joachim Löw, in his first game after announcing that he will stop managing Germany after next summer’s Euro Cup, left scorer Timo Werner on the bench, but Goretzka only needed three minutes to open the scoring with a precise volley. Kimmich managed the goal with a long ball that Serge Gnabry lowered with his back to goal so that his Bayern Munich teammate could define with force.
2-0 at minute 7
Just 4 minutes later, at 7 ‘, Kimmich again broke lines with a deep pass to Leroy Sané, who went down the left and delayed the ball for Kai Havertz to cross the net.
Kimmich, the axis of the German game, did not settle for directing his teammates but also sought the goal with three long shots, the third of them replicated by goalkeeper Hannes Thor Halldorsson shortly before the break.
Just a scare for Neuer
Before, Iceland had enjoyed their only chance in a shot from Runar Mar Sigurjonsson that bounced off Antonio Rüdiger and went for a corner before the relief of a totally beaten Manuel Neuer (27 ‘).
In the second half, Iceland tried to get into the game in several approaches, but Germany secured the three points with a third goal, the work of Gündogan with a low shot from the edge of the area that slightly deflected a defender and entered next to the post (56 ‘ ).
Gnabry, to the post
Iceland did not lower its arms and looked for the goal of honor, although it was nothing like the team that rubbed shoulders with the elite in Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup and was even able to receive a more severe defeat when Gnabry, how after a great delivery of Kimmich, crashed a volley to the post (70 ‘).
Yal in the end, Löw brought in Jamal Musiala, who at just 18 years old made his ‘Mannschaft’ debut just a few days after opting for the senior team in his country of birth, Germany, after playing in the lower categories of England.
Germany: Neuer; Klostermann, Giner, Rüdiger, Emre Can;
Gündogan, Kimmich, Goretzka (Neuhaus, 71 ‘); Gnabry (Younes, 89 ‘), Havertz (Musiala, 79’) and Leroy Sané (Werner, 79 ‘)
Iceland: Halldorsson; Sampsted, Ingason, Arnason,
Magnusson; Gunnarsson; Bjarnason, Sigurjonsson (Gudmundsson, 40 ‘), Palsson (Skulason, 89’), Traustason (Sigurdsson, 71 ‘); Boedvarsson (Sigthorsson, 89 ‘)
1-0, Goretzka (3 ‘); 2-0 Havertz (7 ‘);
3-0, Gündogan (56 ‘)
Referee: Srdjan Jovanovic (Serbia). Yellows to Havertz (48 ‘), Arnason (56’) and Gudmundsson (65 ‘)
Stadium: Behind closed doors at the Schauinsland-Reisen-Arena in Duisburg