Hansi Flick did not like this sluggish World Cup dress rehearsal. In his huge coaching zone, the national coach walked up and down, sometimes stunned, sometimes angry. Then Niclas Füllkrug redeemed him in the 80th minute with his late goal on his debut to make it 1-0 (0-0) in Oman. Exactly one week before the World Cup opening game against Japan, the national football team, which was very mixed in terms of personnel, was unable to generate great World Cup optimism. The debut of young star Youssoufa Moukoko as the fourth youngest national player fizzled out quite ineffectively. The teenager was in the post bad luck at his greatest chance.
Luckier was Füllkrug, who did exactly what Flick nominated him for - a late lucky punch. The national coach 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 a comeback from Mario Götze, the winning goal scorer from the Rio 2014 final.
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 cantor, to get the latest insights. And despite the late winner, they were mostly negative.
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.
"We have to overcome our weaker self. Everyone who is on the field has to show that they are ready for the World Cup," Flick had demanded before the only test of the ultra-short World Cup preparation. In addition to international newcomer Moukoko four days before his 18th birthday, full-back Lukas Klostermann, who had been injured for a long time, was also allowed to play from the start. But the Leipzig player only lasted half an hour, during which the lack of match practice was noticeable.
"We have tremendous quality, the squad is really good," confirmed Flick before kick-off on RTL. However, it took until the 16th minute before the experimental DFB selection threatened for the first time in front of the goal of the world number 75. showed up. Leon Goretzka's pass found Kai Havertz in the penalty area, while Ibrahim al-Mukhaini saved the Omani goal.
While the cheerleader had World Cup format, Flick's protégés lacked the playful line and pace. Ilkay Gündogan tried to create a structured structure, but found few allusions. In the storm center Moukoko mostly lacked the connection, on the flanks there was not enough for a long time.
The national coach did not like that. Flick constantly stood at the front corner of his coaching zone, put his hands on his hips and watched the tough action with a skeptical eye. During the first drinking break, he then exchanged the visibly exhausted Klostermann for Armel Bella Kotchap.
The favorites did not manage to score a lead until the break. Al-Mukhaini deflected a hard-working Leroy Sané free-kick to the side with difficulty (31'). When David Raum, who had been pale until then, sent a good cross into Oman's penalty area, Moukoko hit the ball against the post from close range (45.1).
After the break, the Dortmund youngster made way for the next debutant, the Bremen filling pitcher came into play as did Joshua Kimmich, Nico Schlotterbeck and Christian Günter. The Werder striker appeared free in front of the goal seven minutes after the restart, but was denied by Oman's keeper. Al-Mukhaini also responded quickly to a header from Thilo Kehrer on the line (53').
The German team now seemed more determined, more often looking for the end, but often acted too imprecisely. So the DFB selection could be happy that the substitute al-Ghassani did not hit the ball properly in front of Neuer.
Ultimately, Füllkrug redeemed the Flick team. The 29-year-old shot a flat shot into the Oman goal after fine preliminary work from Havertz. A second goal by the Werder striker was denied due to a narrow offside position.