The deserved lead: Kai Havertz (right) heads in for Germany to make it 1-0 against Israel.

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Timo Werner also scores: DFB-Elf dominates Israel and celebrates a sovereign victory!

By Stefan Broehl

Sinsheim – Interesting player casting! the German national team won her test kick against Israel 2-0 (2-0) and didn’t give the opponent the slightest chance.

The deserved lead: Kai Havertz (right) heads in for Germany to make it 1-0 against Israel. © dpa/Christian Charisius

The goals in the sold-out Rhein-Neckar-Arena with 25,600 spectators were scored by Kai Havertz to make it 1-0 (36 minutes) and Timo Werner to make it 2-0 for the hosts (45+1). Thomas Müller also missed a penalty for the home side (89′) and Yonatan Cohen for the guests (90’+4′).

DFB national coach Hansi Flick made five changes after the 4-1 win in Armenia: debutant Nico Schlotterbeck, returnee Julian Weigl, Jamal Musiala, Julian Draxler and Timo Werner stood in for Matthias Ginter, Florian Neuhaus, Thomas Müller, Leroy Sane (all bench) and Jonas Hofmann (not injured in the squad) on the lawn.

Israel’s caretaker coach Gadi Brumer made “only” four changes after the 3-2 win against the Faroe Islands. Sun Menahem, Shon Goldberg, Mohammed Abu Fani and Tai Baribo replaced Orel Dgani, Hatem Abd Elhamed, Suf Podgoreanu and Shon Weissman (all not in the squad).

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The hosts took the initiative right from the start, but couldn’t find a solution to break through the visitors’ defensive bulwark. Because the interaction was still lacking in precision and determination. So the first chance came about by chance. David Raum slipped a cross from the left in “his” stadium, so Israel keeper Ofir Marciano had to intervene and deflect the cross to a corner (22′).

Germany starting eleven for the friendly against Israel

Kai Havertz heads Germany ahead against Israel, Timo Werner follows up

The next German goal: Timo Werner (left) scored from close range to make it 2-0 for the DFB selection.

The next German goal: Timo Werner (left) scored from close range to make it 2-0 for the DFB selection. © dpa/Uwe Anspach

A little later, Feyenoord Rotterdam’s number two was in focus again when Draxler cleverly served Havertz, who shot low from close range but too laxly, allowing Marciano to deflect the ball to the side, where Draxler got the ball at an acute angle, but only hit the side netting (29′).

Three pointer turns later, Marciano grabbed Ilkay Gündogan’s shot safely. Shortly thereafter, Havertz ran freely towards the box and also found his master in the goalkeeper, who was beaten for the first time in the subsequent corner.

It was hit from the strong space with a lot of drive on the first post, where Havertz was there and headed in from four meters away into the short corner – 1-0 for Germany (36th)!

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And Flick’s team followed up against offensively completely harmless guests before the break. Gündogan hit a free kick from the left-hand position with a lot of cutting on the first post, where Werner kept his right toe in and directed the ball into the short corner right next to the post – 2-0 for the home side (45+1)!

With this deserved intermediate result, we went to the cabins. Even after the break, the spectators saw the same picture. Israel was low, Germany continued to attack cheerfully.

Timo Werner (3rd from right) scored the 2-0 for Germany against Israel and celebrated his booth with Chelsea and DFB teammate Kai Havertz (right).

Timo Werner (3rd from right) scored the 2-0 for Germany against Israel and celebrated his booth with Chelsea and DFB teammate Kai Havertz (right). © dpa/Uwe Anspach

Thomas Müller misses a penalty for Germany, Yonatan Cohen for Israel

Thomas Müller (from left) missed his goal and put his penalty kick on the post.

Thomas Müller (from left) missed his goal and put his penalty kick on the post. © dpa/Uwe Anspach

Werner scored an offside goal (50′), then Marciano destroyed the first big opportunity in the second half of the game when he repelled a powerful shot from Thilo Kehrer (60′). He also buried an outside instep attempt by Draxler in the follow-up (68th).

In the final phase, keeper Kevin Trapp, who came on at the break, was finally allowed to intervene and hold on to a long-range shot by Dolev Haziza (87 ‘), before the DFB selection rightly got a penalty kick because Menahem ran over the new Lukas Nmecha in the penalty area.

But Joker Müller missed the big opportunity to make it 3-0 and shot the ball to the right post (89th)!

A little later, Cohen skidded over it before Schlotterbeck made a stick mistake and he put Cohen clearly in the penalty area – penalty for Israel (90 + 2). The man who was fouled started himself and failed with his shot in the left corner at Trapp (90.+4)! In the end, the DFB selection remained 2-0.

Germany continue on Tuesday (8.45 p.m.) with the prestigious away game in the Netherlands, while Israel host Romania an hour earlier.

Cover photo: dpa/Uwe Anspach

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