"Little" revenge missed, the away curse continues: Even the new German U21 national team could in a reissue of the European Championship final Ban on Spanish soil.
102 days after losing 2-1 to Spain in the final of the European Championship, coach Stefan Kuntz's team did not come away with a decent performance in a friendly in Cordoba, Andalusia. 1 (1: 1) out and missed exactly 40 years after the first international match of a German U21 in the seventh attempt the first success with the opponent of fear.
"We had a very good game," German goalkeeper Nico Schlotterbeck told ProSieben Maxx: "We had too much respect at the beginning, but over time we got into the game more and better and then dominated in stages. We can be satisfied with the performance. "
With five defeats and two draws, Germany have a poorer away record against Spain than against any other nation, and the DFB's only seven out of the last duels were the European Championship finals in 2017 decide for themselves. Manu Garcia (10) got the deserved lead of the home side early on, Nico Schlotterbeck (32 ') was able to equalize before the break following a corner. Orestis Kiomourtzoglou saw the yellow / red card (90.) At his premiere in the German U21 because of repeated foul play.
Stefan Kuntz wanted to see in the first real endurance test of his retreaded team, "what is still missing, or if she can compete at this level ". She could not do that in the starting phase with just two European champions left in the starting lineup.
Spain broke free from the high German pressing with strong passing play and pushed with high speed into the gaps of the often far-advanced DFB defense around freshman Josha Vagnoman. Final scorer Dani Olmo (8) made a miserable pass from 12 yards before Garcia hit the left corner with a fabulous 20-yard shot.
The visitors made a lot of minor playoffs, without the ailing top scorer Robin Hack, the offensive lacked pace and ideas. After further opportunities of the towering Olmo (19, 24th), Schlotterbeck poked after a rough defender of the home side from five meters the ball to the surprising equalizer over the line. This gave Germany more security, Janni Serra (34.) missed from a distance by half the break.
At half-time Kuntz exchanged eight times and brought with Kiomourtzoglou and Mergim Berisha two more debutants. Germany had slight advantages in the now much more complicated game, but was not really compelling except for an outside net by Johannes Eggestein (55.). Only in the last 20 minutes the Furia Roja took control again, Oihan Sancet (75.) failed in the best chance alone before substitute Lennart Grill.
Already on Tuesday (18:00 clock) it goes for the German team with the second game in the European Championship qualification on. In Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Kuntz-Elf wants to retake the next official victory 5: 1 at the opening against Wales.