Hansi Flick’s Germany vindicated itself this Sunday before its public with a 6-0 win against Joaquín Caparrós’s Armenia and snatched the lead of group J of the European qualifying phase of the World Cup in Qatar 2022.
Caparrós’s men had not lost a single game so far, but this Sunday they showed their limitations against a Germany unleashed and led by Serge Gnabry, author of the first two goals.
Then Marco Reus, Timo Werner, Jonas Hofmann and Karim Adeyemi increased the account.
Germany came into the game with the bad taste of their tight 2-0 win over Lichtenstein.
Armenia, on paper at least, was more than Lichtenstein and came as the leader of the group.
The first dangerous action, a high shot from Mhkitaryan, was Armenia, but Germany reacted quite quickly. In minute 5, the first clear chance came with a header from Thilo Kehrer after a corner kick. Then, at 6, Gnabry opened the scoring and Germany gained confidence and began to handle the match at will.
Leon Goretzka put a ball into the area and Gnabry finished with a cross shot from a close angle.
In the 15th minute, Gnabry himself increased the score to Marco Reus’s center. In the 35th, in a play started by Leroy Sané, Reus made the third and shortly before the break Timo Werner scored the fourth in a play that began with a ball into the area of Joshua Kimmich that Goretka lowered his head for Werner to define .
Germany had had chances for more before the break, such as Sané’s shot off the crossbar, and had created constant problems for Armenia with rapid movement of the ball.
At the end of the first half, the match against Liechtenstein began to seem like just a bad dream for the Germans. Flick had drawn his conclusions and turned to several players who had started the game against Liechtenstein on the bench, including Goretzka, Gnabry and Reus, who responded in spades.
The fifth goal came in the 52nd minute and was scored by Jonas Hofmann, who had also started on the bench against Liechtenstein, with a shot from outside the area after a rebound from a corner.
Shortly before the end, Adeyemi, a rookie, signed Florian Wirtz’s sixth to center when Germany had slowed down a bit and Flick had sent Gnabry, Kimmich, Reus and Sané to rest.
– Data sheet:
6 – Germany: Neuer; Hoffmann, Sule, Rüdiger, Kehrer (Raum, 82); Goretzka, Kimmich (Gündogan, 60); Gnabry (Adeyemi, 72), Reus (Wirtz, 60), Sané (Musiala, 60); and Werner.
0 – Armenia: Yurchenko; Hambardzuyuman (Terteryan, 57), Voskanyan, Haroyan, K Hovhannisyan; Wbeymar (Udo, 46), Grigoryan, Barseghyan (Bicharkyan, 70), Mkhitaryan, Baryamyan (Avanesyan, 82); and Adamyan (Geroyan, 46).
Goals: 1-0, min 6: Gnabry. 2-0, min 15: Gnabry. 3-0, min 35: Reus. 4-0, min 44: Werner. 5-0, min 52: Hoffmann. 6-0, 89 min: Adeyemi.
Referee: William Collum (Scotland). He admonished Haroyam
Incidents: Group J match of the European qualification phase of the World Cup in Qatar 2022 played at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Stuttgart.