Guests Belgium battled to a 3-2 win over Germany in a pleasant on Tuesday to make it two wins from two matches previously 4 days and incomes a win over the Euro 2024 hosts for the primary time since 1954.
With each groups desperate to bounce again from their shock group stage World Cup exits in December, it was Belgium who have been the higher facet, attacking at will and utterly outclassing Germany within the first half.
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They guests took the lead on the RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne with an outstanding five-pass transfer from deep in their very own half as Yannick Carrasco, unmarked and with a lot of house on the left rifled residence within the sixth minute.
Earlier than the hosts had any time to get better, Belgium struck once more after some extra woeful German defending, with Kevin De Bruyne slipping the ball by to Romelu Lukaku to complete from contained in the field.
The Belgium striker had additionally scored a hat trick of their 3-0 win over Sweden of their opening Group F Euro 2024 qualifier on Friday and he might have added one other objective within the twentieth when he rattled the bar with a robust header.
The Germans, who beat Peru 2-0 on Saturday of their first worldwide since their World Cup exit in Qatar, earned a penalty on the stroke of half-time and ahead Niclas Fullkrug transformed for his sixth objective in six worldwide matches.
Regardless of a livelier second half, the hosts conceded a 3rd as De Bruyne completed from one other swift Belgium transfer because the German defence was caught napping as soon as extra.
Serge Gnabry lower the deficit within the 88th minute, however it was not sufficient to disclaim new Belgium coach Domenico Tedesco a second win from two matches.
“We have been far too passive and didn’t put them beneath any stress,” mentioned Germany coach Hansi Flick. “Belgium used this mercilessly. We needed to change issues round a bit to seek out stability.
“You may see that we’ve got lots of work in entrance of us. We need to be extra lively and we did it higher after about half-hour. For us, with an eye fixed on the longer term, that is the place we’ve got to work on. For everybody to work collectively.”