Germany wins 1-0 against Oman ahead of the World Cup in Qatar

Hansi Flick gratefully hugged Niclas Füllkrug, then the only goal scorer of the evening had to go straight to a TV interview after his goal debut. In a sluggish World Cup dress rehearsal, the Bremen international newcomer redeemed the long-stunned national coach with his late goal to make it 1-0 (0-0) in Oman.

Exactly one week before the World Cup opening game against Japan (2:00 p.m. CET in the FAZ live ticker for the soccer World Cup, on ARD and on Magenta TV), the national soccer team, which was very mixed in terms of personnel, was unable to cause great optimism before the World Cup. The debut of young star Youssoufa Moukoko as the fourth youngest national player fizzled out quite ineffectively. The teenager hit the post at his best chance.

Negative Findings

Füllkrug was more fortunate, who did exactly what Flick nominated him for – a late hit. The national coach had made the last game before the start of the tournament in Qatar a big field of experimentation and did without regulars like Jamal Musiala, Serge Gnabry and Niklas Süle as well as the return of Mario Götze, who scored the decisive goal against Brazil in the 2014 World Cup.

In the end I’m happy that I was able to help,” said Füllkrug and warned to assess the weak performance in Oman “realistically”. “Everything was okay, it fulfilled its purpose,” said coach Flick mildly after the final whistle.

Instead of a World Cup rhythm, it was for the national coach in the well-filled Sultan Kabus Stadium in Muscat, where the 25,564 fans celebrated their team passionately animated by a lead singer, to get the latest insights. And despite the late winner, they were mostly negative.

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In any case, the group opponents Japan, Spain and Costa Rica need not be too afraid of Germany. After moving into the Zulal Wellness Resort tournament quarters on Thursday, Flick still has a lot to do in the final sprint of the already short preparation. Another German starting eleven will play against Japan.


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