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Germany v Hungary Live Commentary, 23/09/2022

FT
0 - 1
GER
HUN
Á. Szalai (17)
Red Bull Arena

Commentary

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All Hungary need to do now to qualify for the finals is draw against Italy, who just beat England 1-0 at the San Siro. It is now mathematically impossible for Germany to qualify for the finals, and will now play a somewhat meaningless game against England, whose loss means relegation to League B.
Szalai's cheeky first-half goal was the difference between the two sides and Germany looked like a shadow of themselves against this Hungary team. Despite a wealth of attacking talent, Flick's side were poor in front of goal, especially in the first-half.
90' + 5' FULL-TIME: GERMANY 0-1 HUNGARY
90' + 4' Hungary have shown how to get the better of this German team. They were lucky at times, but they are a strong, physical team that counters well, making it difficult for Germany to play their game.
90' Five minutes of added time. Let's see if we'll have any late drama.
A. Rüdiger
Yellow Card
Germany
90' Rudiger sees a yellow for a bad tackle on Nego.
L. Négo
D. Szoboszlai
Hungary
85' Szoboszlai makes way for Nego as Hungary look to secure the win.
L. Nmecha
T. Müller
Germany
85' Mullar passes on the captain's armband to Kimmich and comes off for Nmecha.
85' Hungary have only had one shot this half, while Germany has had six.
82' Szalai tries to get the away fans fired up as Hungary look to defend their lead in the dying minutes.
C. Styles
Á. Nagy
Hungary
78' Styles comes on for Nagy.
76' CHAOS IN FRONT OF GOAL! The cross comes in, Gulacsi punches it away, but only as far as Kimmich, who opts to shoot, but Lang heads away the shot attempt.
72' HUNGARY ALMOST DOUBLE THEIR LEAD! Adam makes a great run and he takes the shot, but Ter Stegen makes a stretching save!
K. Havertz
T. Werner
Germany
70' Havertz comes on for Werner.
J. Musiala
İ. Gündoğan
Germany
69' Musiala replaces Gundogan.
68' Germany go on the attack again as the cross comes in for Sane. The ball seems to his the winger on the back of his neck, rather than his head, and the effort is wasted.
M. Ádám
Á. Szalai
Hungary
67' Adam comes on for Hungary's captain and goalscorer of the night, Szalai.
L. Kleinheisler
D. Gazdag
Hungary
67' Gazdag makes way for Kleinheisler.
63' Germany's possession has jumped from 66.9% in the first-half to 80.8% in the second-half.
60' Kimmich takes a shot from distance, and it is deflected just wide.
57' SO CLOSE FOR GERMANY AGAIN! Muller gets the ball to Werner, but the striker's shot is poor, and it's straight at the keeper. Despite still being down, the hosts have shown much better attacking poweress in this half.
53' OFFSIDE! Germany have the ball in the back of the net, but Hoffman, who scored, is very much offside.
51' BIG SAVE! Gundogan passes it on to Sane who takes an angled shot, but Gulacsi makes the save with his foot.
49' Kimmich with a fantastic ball into the box from the free-kick, and the ball flashes across the face of goal, but no German player is able to poe it home.
46' The second half is underway!
T. Kehrer
S. Gnabry
Germany
46' Flick makes a change at half-time with Gnabry coming off for Kehrer.
As it stands, Hungary will head to the Nations League finals as they are top of the group, with Germany in second, followed by Italy and England.
Hungary lead, courtesy of Szalai's clever goal from a corner. Germany have struggled in attack, and have made it easy for Hungary to sit deep, and hit them on the counter.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: GERMANY 0-1 HUNGARY
45' + 1' Rudiger's long pass pings straight to Gulacsi's hands, which just about sums up Germany's night so far.
45' There will be one minuite of added time in this half.
42' Kimmich attempts a through ball, but Werner mistimes his run, and he's caught offside.
Á. Szalai
Yellow Card
Hungary
40' Szalai is booked for a bad foul.
39' CLOSE FOR GERMANY! Raum receives the ball on the left in acres of space and crosses it into the box. Muller towers over Schafer at the far post and heads the ball towards the goal, but Gulacsi makes the save.
37' The corner is finally taken, but it is cleared fairly quickly.
35' Hungary are trying to take a corner, but fans keep throwing trash onto the pitch, disrupting the play.
33' Germany are pushing for an equaliser before half-time but their game plan has not worked thus far. They are targetting the right primarily, but Hungary are keeping it tight at the back.
30' Germany have only had one shot compared to Hungary's four in the opening thirty minuites of this match.
28' Germany win a corner and it's cleared only until Sane who is lurking outside the box. He takes the shot from distance but curves outwards away from goal, making it well wide.
26' Hungary almost score a second! The cross from Fiola is perfect for Gazdag to take a shot from close range, but Ter Stegen makes himself big and manages to keep the ball out. The replay shows that there was an offside in the build-up anyway.
J. Kimmich
Yellow Card
Germany
25' There is no hesitation from the referee as he pulls out his card to book Kimmich, who very clearly pulled the shirt of Szoboszlai.
24' Should things stand, Hungary are through to the Nations League finals. Let's see if they can continue to keep Germany at bay.
21' The goalscorer is now done after being tripped by Muller. He shakes it off, and Hungary win a free-kick in their own half.
D. Szoboszlai
Assist
Hungary
17' Szoboszlai's corner was taken quickly and right to the feet of Szalai for the goal.
Á. Szalai
Goal
Hungary
17' GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAL!!!! HUNGARY LEAD 1-0. It is the captain Szalai who flicks the ball from a corner with his right foot in the far post. He has somehow done it with his back to goal, making it that much more impressive.
13' Gundogan is doing well to keep Germany's midfield in control of the ball so far, but Hungary have threatned with their quick pace forcing Germany into some sloppy passing.
9' Werner lays it off to Gnabry who crosses it into the box, but only Fiola is in the box to intercept the ball.
8' Hungary go on a quick counter-attack, but Rudiger does well to nick the ball off of Gazdag and keep Germany in possession.
5' Germany win the ball back in midfield, but with Hungary's deep defensive block, they are unable to do much in attack.
3' Germany start with a longball to Gnabry, but the winger isn't able to reach the ball quick enough and the ball goes out for a Hungary goal-kick.
1' The referee blows his whistle and we are underway!
The captains have shaken hands, and kick-off is just moments away!
The German national team have won each of their last 11 international matches played in Leipzig - in no other city have the national side ever had such a long winning streak in their history.
Gulacsi starts in goal tonight for Hungary, marking his 50th international appearance, while Kerkez makes his debut. The creativity in Hungary's attack will be left up to Szoboszlai as Roland Sallai misses out due to an eye injury.
Hofmann, who has a goal contribution in Germany's last three Nations League matches starts ahead of Ter Stegen. Werner is the German player with the most goals under Hansi Flick, so it is no surprise he has retained his place up top. Leon Goretzka and Manuel Neuer are not in the squad as the two tested positive for COVID-19 and left the German camp a couple of days ago.
SUBS: Akos Kecskes, Loic Nego, Kevin Varga, Denes Dibusz, Bendeguz Bolla, Laszlo Kleinheisler, Callum Styles, Martin Adam, Zalan Vancsa, Endre Botka, Peter Szappanos, Balint Vecsei.
HUNGARY (3-4-2-1): Peter Gulacsi; Adam Lang, Willi Orban, Attila Szalai; Attila Fiola, Andras Schafer, Adam Nagy, Milos Kerkez; Daniel Gazdag, Dominik Szoboszlai; Adam Szalai.
SUBS: Oliver Baumann, Matthias Ginter, Thilo Kehrer, Kai Havertz, Maximilian Arnold, Lukas Nmecha, Kevin Trapp, Jamal Musiala, Benjamin Henrichs, Armel Bella-Kotchap, Robin Gosens, Nico Schlotterbeck.
GERMANY (4-2-3-1): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Jonas Hofmann, Niklas Sule, Antonio Rudiger, David Raum; Joshua Kimmich, Ilkay Gundogan; Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane; Timo Werner.
Hungary currently sit top of Group A3 in the UEFA Nations League after beating England 4-0 last match week, while Germany are in second, with one win and three draws so far.
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