21.03.2019Bayer 04

Werkself trio start for Germany in 1-1 draw with Serbia

Germany drew 1-1 with Serbia in the first international of 2019. Good news from a black and red perspective: Julian Brandt, who already has 24 caps, Jonathan Tah (5) and Kai Havertz (3) were the three Werkself pros in the starting eleven for Joachim Löw's team.

The visitors made the better start in front of 26,101 fans at the Volkswagen Arena in Wolfsburg. Serbia took the lead with less than 15 minutes on the clock with a goal from Eintracht Frankfurt's Luka Jovic (12'). The striker was completely unmarked from a corner and was able to direct his header past the 32-year-old goalkeeper Manuel Neuer into the net. Germany then took control of the game and created two good chances from Timo Werner on 22 minutes, with good work in the build-up from Kai Havertz, and on 37 minutes. Both times, the RB Leipzig  striker was unable to beat the Serbian goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic.

He played the first 45 minutes: Kai Havertz

Kai Havertz was substituted at half-time with Marco Reus coming on for the second half. The Germany team. coached by Joachim Löw, upped the pressure after the restart but missed a number of promising chances to level at 1-1 through Reus (59'), Leroy Sané (64') and Ilkay Gündogan (65'). However, there was not long to wait after that: Substitute Leon Goretzka netted the deserved equaliser with a shot from 15 yards out on 69 minutes. Julian Brandt was not on the pitch at this point. The lively Werkself pro was substituted on the hour mark.

Aerial superiority: Jonathan Tah wins a header against Frankfurt's Jovic.

After that, Sané (73') and Reus (75') had the best chances  to put Germany 2-1 up. The friendly did end with an unsavoury scene: In added time (90+3'), Milan Pavkov cut down Sané with a reckless challenge that earned the Serbian a red card. The Manchester City winger was able to hobble off the pitch. Then came the end ofthe game that saw Jonathan Tah go the full distance.

Germany are back in action  on Sunday 24 March with the first competitive international of the year. The Netherlands are the opponents in the European qualifier In Amsterdam. The match kicks off at 20.45 CET.

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