LIVE TAPE: For Germany U-21 it's all about early against Saudi Arabia
  • Melanie Gottschalk

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The title quest for German footballers suffered a setback after a false start at the Olympics against Brazil. Victory over Saudi Arabia is inevitable. We live there!

Germany – Saudi Arabia: – (- :-), Olympic championship in Tokyo, start: 1.30 pm.

Expected lineup Germany Müller – Henrix, Pieper, Uduokhai, Raum – Maier, Löwen, Stach – Richter, Kruse, Amiri
Expected composition Saudi Arabia Alrubaie – Abdulhamid, Alamri, Hindi, Alshahrani – Alfaraj, Alhassan, Ahmed, Alnaji, Aldawsari – Alhamddan

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+++ 10.00 AM: Stefan Koontz carefully studied the Saudi opponent. “You are very strong and sometimes played man against man. You have a good pivot in midfield and in defense and maybe not so in attack,” Koontz said. “You will accept any mistake with thanks,” Koontz said. We’ll need our heads there, too. “Anything but winning would still be embarrassing. All 22 actors in the stark foreign film play in Saudi Arabia, and the most famous name is still Salem Al-Dossary. The Tornado achieved a 2-1 victory over Egypt in the 2018 World Cup, Tokyo also managed to win 2-1 over Ivory Coast.

Update 07/25/2021, 7:35 AM: At 1.30pm German footballers will play their second game of the group at the Olympics today – and they are immediately stressed out. Because after 2:4 in the new edition of the 2016 Olympics final match against Brazil, there is a need to win today. However, the meager staffing level causes some problems. In addition to this, Benjamin Henrix, Amos Bieber, Anton Stach and Jordan Torunariga have all been pre-loaded with a yellow card. Because Koontz needs that quartet in the third match against Ivory Coast, they should get less time. “The selection is not that big,” Koontz said before the match in Yokohama. “How do we make sure there are enough players in the third match?”

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Germany vs Saudi Arabia in the live tape: Max Cruz is the captain of the team

Update 07/23/2021 at 2.30 pm: Following the suspension of Maximilian Arnold, Max Kreuz is set to lead German Olympic footballers as captain in their upcoming group match against Saudi Arabia. This was announced by coach Stefan Koontz on Friday evening (23.07.2021) in a virtual question-and-answer session with reporters. Cruz, the 33-year-old Union Berlin player, is the most experienced man on the German Football Association team. Koontz recently described the attacking player as an important anchor within the team, “with whom one or the other can orient themselves.”

Live tape: Germany vs Saudi Arabia

Report 1: Tokyo – The start of the 2021 Olympics couldn’t be worse. At the end of the table, the captain is banned, and the medals are far away: the games haven’t even started yet, and Stefan Koontz is already frustrated. “As a coach, you hope this is the famous shot across the arc,” the Al Ittihad coach said after the realistic 2:4 match against Brazil. Other than that, Koontz just wanted to “end” the bankruptcy.

Germany – Saudi Arabia in the live tape: All that matters is winning

After all, things happen in Japan in quick succession: on Sunday (1.30pm CST/ZDF and Eurosport) only one win will count against Saudi Arabia. “Now we have to show a different face,” Koontz said. The 58-year-old is not to be envied for the task: With captain Maximilian Arnold suspended after his yellow and red card, Koontz has only 14 field players – if no one is injured anymore.

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This group now has to put up a terrifying performance at times against well-rehearsed tournament favorites, and it gets out of their heads quickly. It won’t be easy. “We can only apologize for the first half,” Benjamin Henrix wrote on social media, not uttering the words: “We played together.”

Germany – Saudi Arabia in the 2021 Olympics: Take the positive with you

The only consolation: if we look rudely, not much has happened yet. Assuming a mandatory win over Saudi Arabia, a draw in the last group game against Ivory Coast would ideally suffice for the quarter-finals. There will then be against the winner of Group C – currently it will be Australia.

“We have to build on the second half and try to take a little positivity with us,” said veteran Max Cruz, “Now we have to work on seeing him on Sunday.” (Msb with agencies)


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