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.) with their goals in the ghost game ensure that Germany as the leader is approaching the top game. Carastoian Artiom (84th) scored for Moldova.
The European Championship second Germany missed an even greater success. After a convincing start, the final power, precision and speed were lacking, but in the end the great superiority was reflected in goals. The Belgians will be a stronger opponent on Tuesday than the main Moldova and will probably punish a lack of concentration 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. As group winner, the German team would immediately qualify for the EM in Hungary and Slovenia next year, otherwise there is a danger of a detour. The DFB-Elf has been warned: in November they lost 3-2 in Freiburg.
In the first game after this long hiatus, Kuntz had a strong start on Thursday, 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 called up for the first time since the EM 2019 after numerous 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 met for the first time in the fourth international match for the U21.
It looked like an easy and scoring evening, as the German squad pushed for the 2-0. However, determination in the initial stages waned and Victor Straistari initially presented himself as a good support in the cause of the guests. RSC Anderlecht striker Nmecha failed with a big chance on the Moldau goalkeeper (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.