- The DFB team play in the test kick 1: 1 (0: 1) against Serbia.
- Luka Jovic scores for Serbia, Leon Goretzka for the German team.
There is still a lot of work waiting for Joachim Löw in the "new era" he called. In the 1-1 (0: 1) against clever Serbs with a paramount goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic revealed the German national football team strongly rejuvenated by the national team on Wednesday night some deficits on the defensive and gave away by a negligent bad chance exploitation a first-round victory in the international year.
Leon Goretzka (69th minute) prevented with his goal a blatant false start. Eintracht Frankfurt's Bundesliga striker Luka Jovic (12) had taken the lead early on in Wolfsburg and could have won the game with several good chances ahead of Goretzka's seventh international goal. At the start of the European Championship qualifier on Sunday in the Netherlands, the newly formed defense will have to increase significantly. Germany have been in the lead for the last two minutes when Milan Pavkov was shown the red card for gross foul play on Leroy Sané (90 '+ 2').
Before the start of the international match year 2019, it was all about the three retired world champions Jérôme Boateng, Mats Hummels and Thomas Müller. Under the word "Danke", the fan club national team listed the former back numbers of the three Bayern Munich players in a major choreography: 5, 13 and 17.
The newly formed defensive of the DFB selection, however, was not really safe. Niklas Süle and Jonathan Tah revealed significant deficits in central defense in some dangerous attacks by the Serbs. "We can not expect any miracles," Löw had stressed before the match. There was also no miracle in the game forward, often there was a lack of ideas and speed. Only after one hour, the DFB team acted with more risk and train to the gate.
The average of 24.18 years young team knew until then with the high possession share not much to start. It was better, as the substitute Dortmund captain Marco Reus provided for a revival. However, the lack of opportunity utilization cost the victory.
Goretzka meets for the DFB team
Löw had everything focused on the game in the Netherlands and waived accordingly to some key players in the starting XI such as Reus, Goretzka, world champion Toni Kroos or Antonio Rüdiger. There was a job sharing in the gate. Manuel Neuer, as the last remaining World Champion at the kick-off, played the first 45 minutes, Marc-André ter Stegen the second 45 minutes.
Neuer was almost unemployed. The header from Jovic to 0: 1 was untenable, otherwise the 32-year-old had no chance to excel. Ter Stegen was also not seriously tested and received no goal. The beginning was quite auspicious. Already after 45 seconds the Leipzig Lukas Klostermann, the 101st debutant of the Löw era, appeared dangerously in front of the Serbian goal. Two minutes later, the Leverkusen Kai Havertz shot the guest keeper Marko Dmitrovic into his arms. But almost with the goal was the initial momentum gone, uncertainty was wide in the German game.
The well-rehearsed Serbs made the German team a few times before problems, such as in the 25th minute, as Klostermann just clarified against Jovic. Previously, Sule had been overrun by Darko Lazovic. Things got even tighter on the break, when Adem Ljajic scored a free-kick over Neuer in front of Neuer (41.) after his preliminary work by Lazovic.
The best German chances forgiven Timo Werner, who failed twice free-standing before the goal (22 and 33). Not enough to satisfy the German fans. The whistles were correspondingly loud at break.
Löw reacted, brought in the break next to ter Stegen and Reus into play. The first chance had again Serbia in the person of Lazovic (48.). In the event of a better exploitation of chances by the Serbs, who were not even in full squads, the game could have been decided early.
So it remained exciting, because in the middle of the second half urged the Löw team on the equalizer, as Reus (58), Sané (64) and Ilkay Gündogan (65) initially negligently left the best chances. In the 69th minute but there was the equalizer. Goretzka met for preparation by Reus. After that, the four-time World Champion wanted victory, but the second goal did not come. Also because Dmitrovic caught a shiny day.