Wiesbaden (dpa) – The German U21 has warmed up in the successful restart for the qualifying top against Belgium.
In the first international match after a break of almost ten months, the selection of national coach Stefan Kuntz in Wiesbaden regained the top of the table with a 4-1 (1-0) victory against Moldova. Mergim Berisha (10th minute), Lukas Nmecha (62./foul penalty), Nico Schlotterbeck (74.) and Florian Krüger (79.) ensure with their goals in the ghost game that Germany as the leader is approaching the top game. Carastoian Artiom (84th) scored for Moldova.
“I think we can use this game very well to be ready against Belgium,” said Kuntz. The performance of the match against Moldova will probably not be enough in the top match. But with experience you can prepare for it, the coach said.
The European Championship second Germany missed an even greater success. After a convincing start, it lacked finish, precision and speed. But in the end, the great superiority was reflected in goals. However, the Belgians will be a stronger opponent on Tuesday (4 p.m. / ProSieben Maxx) than Moldova at the bottom and will probably punish weaknesses more severely.
A preliminary decision in the battle for the European Championship ticket can be taken against Belgium on the fifth of eight match days. The group winners will qualify directly for the EM in Hungary and Slovenia next year. “We can take what we showed in the second half and go in boldly,” said goalscorer Berisha.
In the first game after the 2: 3 against Belgium in November, Kuntz got off to a strong start, four years and a day after his first game as coach of the German U21s. The team around captain Arne Maier (Hertha BSC), who was recalled for the first time since the EM 2019 and with many injury problems, acted quickly and vigorously.
A nice move brought the early and well-deserved lead. Dennis Geiger from Hoffenheim sent Ismail Jakobs on the left wing. The Cologne rookie brought the ball in front of the goal. There Berisha (RB Salzburg) met for the first time in their fourth international match.
It looked like an easy and goal-rich evening, but the determination in the early stages waned. In addition, Victor Straistari initially presented himself as a good support in the cause of the guests. RSC Anderlecht attacker Nmecha failed with a big chance on the Moldau keeper (31st).
After the break, this game ended for Nmecha, who scored for the third time in the ninth international match. Debutant Amos Pieper was previously dirty. Union Berlin defender Schlotterbeck led the result. Debutant Krüger (Erzgebirge Aue) scored a few seconds after being substituted. Especially the unfortunate 1: 4 was concerned about goalkeeper Lennart Grill.