European Championship

Schweinsteiger Makes Everything Clear – Germany Wins 2: 0

European Championship

With a painstaking 2: 0 win over Ukraine Germany has started in the EM. The goals scored Shkodran Mustafi and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

The greater nervousness was seen below and in front of the dugout with the black, red and gold flag. Joachim Loew kept it comparatively rare in his seat. He stood up, approached the game, gesturing – and then returned but many times dissatisfied and scolding alarm back into place before repeated itself the games. In the first half, it was done so, in the second well because the first German as developed at the European Championship in France, as it had expected the coach: narrow, dangerous and hard. But with a little luck, the world champion secured with 2: 0 (1: 0) victory against Ukraine a successful start to the tournament.

German team revealed astonishing weakness on the defensive
Cautiously should its players be that Loew had said before the game. Especially the first 45 minutes confirmed the national coach on then but amazing way. Although the national team had the first double chance by Mario Götze and Julian Draxler (4), they combined a little later skillfully Jonas Hector free, but the wide from seven meters impressive far (13). But above all, they scored the first goal: Toni Kroos curled the ball at a free-kick into the opposition’s where Shkodran Mustafi climbed and heaved him from five meters to score. Loew had him summoned in central defense alongside Jerome Boateng because of injuries from Mats Hummels and Antonio Rüdiger, now he got to vigorously lead and seemed in Cheering want to hug the world. It was the first goal in the national team for the 24-year-olds. Early results, which should give confidence because the game was now lifted their proper track, at least seemingly. Ten minutes later, Sami Khedira even had the opportunity to decision, when he finely unlocked Kroos failed the Ukrainian goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov.

But at this time the German team had already revealed astonishing weaknesses in defense. After five minutes, began when free came to Udar lost possession Mustafi Yevhen Konoplyanka in the penalty area. Manuel Neuer parried in this situation as much as against the head of Yevhen Khacheridi (27). Soon afterwards the goalkeeper was beaten: Konoplyanka appeared freely before him, Jerome Boateng scratched the ball but still with great difficulty and the use of almost all parts of the body or from the line (37). The balance would have long deserved, but the phased bird wild ensemble in black and white walked harmless the cabin, then where solutions have been found.

Because in the second half the German team gained sovereignty. Kroos pulled the game continues skilfully, be slipped shot from the left half grazed nor the bar (52). That it was a shot from outside the box, well documented that the filigree technique in the German offensive not yet worked smoothly and reliably. Mario Götze was a lone striker rarely part of the whole. Mesut Özil also and Thomas Müller were rarely put the expected pulses. It was enough for a long time only to another long-range shot by Khedira, the goalkeeper parried but (61.).

Only when substitute Andre Schurrle had two good opportunities, but also not the decision brought (75./82.). Also Ozil failed free in front of goal.

Bastian Schweinsteiger increased from a counterattack on 2: 0
But at least the Ukraine no longer came to bigger opportunities. At least until the final phase in. A header extension of Mustafi brought the standing far in front of goal in New hardships, his bump against Yevhen Seleznyov in the penalty remained unpunished (87th).

then had the captain Ensure the decision: Substitute Bastian Schweinsteiger came free with a counter to shoot and hit (90 + 2). Then it was over – and lay down even at Loew nervousness.

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