When he suffered his biggest defeat in more than 89 years, the German national football team clearly lost the last tournament of the League of Nations. The team of national coach Joachim Löw lost on Tuesday against Spain in Seville 0: 6 (0: 3) and thus lost the victory of the team.
The last time a six-goal defeat was on May 24, 1931 was 0: 6 against Austria’s “miracle team.”
Alvaro Morata (17th minute) was three times the success of Ferran Torres (30/55/71), Rodrik (38th) and Mikel Oyarzabal (89th) who almost won the Spaniards at will. Captain Manuel Neuer had a very rough evening in the 96th international match, with which he was the only German record holder. Previously, he had never received more than four hits in the DFB goal.
A week before playing in the Champions League against FC Bayern Red Bull Salzburg, the 34-year-old avoided an even worse humiliation against a greedy and significantly superior Spanish team. The hosts beat Germany (9) in the Group 4 table with eleven points. Spain, along with the French world champion, is taking part in the October 4 Final 4 Championship.
Lesson in defense
“The big challenge is against Spain, how do you defend it?” Loew said before starting the ARD. In retrospect, it was an almost prophetic statement. Defensive work was desolate for more than 90 minutes. The good news was that Niklas Süle was able to show up after knee problems. But the head of the defense was overflowing like everyone else. Inexperienced defenders Robin Koch and Philipp Max also had a lesson.
It was doubtful that directors like Toni Kroos and Ilkay Gündogan in the middle of the pitch had any resistance or ideas. The acclaimed turbo attack with Timo Werner, Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane was never able to appear in the first defeat of the year. With 77 minutes played, Gnabry almost put the home team one ahead on a cross coming in from the right, but the shot went just wide.
“We can be happy because it’s 4-0. I’m speechless,” said Bastian Schweinsteiger, an ARD expert who was impressed by the unilateral observer of the game, which revealed the class difference. Nothing worked for Löw’s team without a mentality player like Joshua Kimmich, injured in the knee, who was defenseless from the start. In the 5th minute, the guests were lucky because there was no video evidence in the League of Nations. Gündogan kicked Leipzig’s Dani Olmo in the head, the referee awarded a free kick, but the free kick was awarded on a penalty.
There was no increase after the 0: 3 break
The Spaniards lost Sergio Canales early due to an injury. His replacement Fabian prepared Morata’s opening goal as a corner kick. The tall Juventus striker jumped Gnabry to the far post, where he was never supposed to be his opponent. The Spaniards could attack without disturbance and acted themselves in a frenzy. After a cross by Koke, Olmo headed in the crossbar and was completed by Ferran Torres. Another corner from Fabian could prevent Rodri from a 0: 3 break.
There was no growth even after the break. And it didn’t even get to limit the damage. Manchester City’s excellent Ferran Tores easily counterattacked José Gaya in his second goal. He then made his perfect three sets to disband against a German team. The “dark cloud” described by DFB director Oliver Bierhoff seemed to be out of place after the victories against the Czech Republic (1-0) and Ukraine (3-1), which is again above the national team and Löw at the end of the year. The national coach will drag them on a four-month winter break.