First-ever coach fired, Germany turnaround with 2-1 win over France
Germany’s rusted-out tank corps won a test match against France in the wake of its first-ever managerial sacking.
Germany, which sacked coach Hans Flick after the loss to Japan and installed acting coach Rudi Ohrer, beat France 2-1 in a friendly at the Zignale Iduna Park in Dortmund, Germany, on Wednesday (Sept. 13) with goals from Thomas Muller and Leroy Sane. France avoided defeat when Antoine Griezmann converted a 44th-minute penalty.
France’s ace Mbappe did not play due to a sore knee.
For Germany, it was a valuable win in a desperate situation.
After being knocked out in the group stage of last year’s World Cup in Qatar, the Germans have gone 1-4-1 since their victory over Peru in March. Especially after three consecutive defeats against Poland, Colombia, and Japan, the German Football Association felt a sense of crisis, and for the first time in its history, it resorted to the tactic of sacking a full-time coach. Flick was sacked and Ohrer was appointed as acting coach, but the opponent was Qatar World Cup runners-up France. 메이저사이트
But a focused Germany victory extinguished the flames.
“I apologize to Flick,” the veteran Muller told public broadcaster ARD after the match, “it wasn’t easy to withstand such a bad run, it was everyone’s responsibility.”