8: 0 against Estonia: "Everyone had fun" in the DFB-Elf - Sport
İlkay Gündoğan grinned as he retold the crucial scenes of the game. The eyes shone. He was satisfied, as satisfied as he had not been for a long time. 8: 0 (5: 0) had the German national football team just won the European Championship qualifier against Estonia; But Gündoğan was not only happy about this great success, but that so much was different from the year before.
As last season went into the summer break, the DFB players had kept their eyes lowered, some had tears in his eyes, hardly anyone wanted to speak a word. In Kazan they had lost to South Korea, for the first time the team had failed in the preliminary round of a World Cup. When the last game of the season took place in Mainz on Tuesday evening, the DFB football players laughed and hopped and hugged. Once, again, once more and then five more times. "It's so good," Gündoğan explained, "because we had a very, very difficult time last year."
In the past twelve months, a lot has changed in the national team. National coach Joachim Loew has made the necessary change - and it looks like, this plan, to which Löw had to be pushed something on, goes on. As in the 2-0 against Belarus on Saturday, the coach could not be present at the game in Mainz, because he recovered from a sports injury at home in Freiburg.
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Instead, his deputy Marcus Sorg stood at the highest victory of the DFB team since the 13-0 against San Marino 13 years ago on the sidelines and then even the actually very sober 53-year-old got into raptures. "The crew is bursting with energy," he said at the press conference, leaning forward a bit: "She's willing to play with passion."
In fact, the team from the 2018 World Cup and the 2019 Mainz kick can hardly be compared. But if you put the lines up side by side: In Manuel Neuer and Marco Reus were on Tuesday only two players who are older than 30 years old, on the court. Instead, the boys, who still have little international experience, are pushing forward. And when you see them, said Julian Draxler after the game, "that they are hungry."
In fact, after the early lead by Marco Reus, the DFB team did not diminish. At break it was 5-0 - but that was not enough for her. It was followed in the second half by three more hits. "We wanted to continue to play good football," said captain Manuel Neuer, "we were not tired, we have played down the opponent."