Germany had to settle for a 1-1 draw for the third time in a row in the Nations League after Hungary held their famous guests in a Group A3 match in Budapest on Saturday.
League Hungary, which was playing for the first time, shocked Germany with a lightning-fast goal from Zsolt Nagy after only six minutes. Three minutes later, Jonas Hofmann scored a great solo goal to tie the game.
The result means that Hansi Flick’s team hasn’t lost in 12 games, but they are still frustrated because they haven’t won in the first three games of the season.
“I’m not going to start making excuses, because today we wanted to win,” Flick told reporters after the game.
“Of course, we’re disappointed, but Hungary is a tough team to play against,” Germany captain Manuel Neuer told RTL.
Last June, Marco Rossi’s team also tied with Germany in the group stages of Euro 2020. From the start, they went for it.
Soon, the Puskas Arena was so loud that it hurt your ears when wing-back Nagy scored from close range after Manuel Neuer had saved Roland Sallai’s header with his hand.
But the home crowd’s happiness didn’t last long. A few minutes later, Hofmann pounced on a through ball from David Raum, went around Peter Gulacsi, and put the equalizer into an empty net.
Germany were the more dangerous team. Kai Havertz of Chelsea sent Raum’s header wide, and the impressive winger from 1899 Hoffenheim curled a shot around Gulacsi’s right post.
Last week, Hungary surprised everyone by beating England 1-0 at home, and their loud fans pushed them to work hard. Before halftime, winger Attila Fiola’s shot forced Neuer to make a quick save.
In the second half, Germany kept up the pressure, and with 15 minutes left, Hofmann should have scored his second goal.
The fast winger for Borussia Moenchengladbach had a clear shot on goal, but his side pass to Timo Werner was too weak, and Willi Orban was able to clear the ball.
“I’m to blame for us not being up 2-1. Because of that one missed chance, I’m very upset “Hofmann said to RTL.
Soon after, the Magyars had a great chance of their own, but Martin Adam, who had just come on, headed a cross from Dominik Szoboszlai straight at Neuer.
A different home sub Ten minutes before the end, Daniel Gazdag warmed Neuer’s gloves with a rasping shot from the edge of the box.
On Tuesday, Germany will play Italy at home in their last match of the June international break. The group season will end in September.
Flick said, with an eye on the World Cup in Qatar in five months, “We need to make sure we learn from this game.”
“We’ve always said that we’re getting better. We are doing things to get ready for the World Cup. We want to get things going again against Italy “said Neuer.