Turkey hand Germany first defeat under Nagelsmann

World: Friendlies

K. Havertz (5), N. Füllkrug (49)

F. Kadıoğlu (38), K. Yildiz (45), Y. Sari (71)

By Rune Gjerulff   @runegjerulff

Germany suffered their first defeat under Julian Nagelsmann on Saturday night as Turkey ran out 3-2 winners at the Olympiastadion.

Julian Nagelsmann.
Julian Nagelsmann. Photo: GEPA Pictures/PICTURE POINT/Sven Sonntag/Pool via PICTURE POINT

Julian Nagelsmann made a promising start to his tenure as Germany coach last month, leading his team to a 3-1 win over the United States and a 2-2 draw with Mexico.

Tonight’s match against Turkey at the Olympiastadion in Berlin was supposed to be the next step forward, but instead of building on last month’s performances, Germany slipped to a disappointing 2-3 defeat.

Remarkably, Nagelsmann opted to start attacking midfielder Kai Havertz at left-back, and the move appeared to pay immediate dividends as the Arsenal star opened the scoring after just five minutes, slotting home after good work from Leroy Sané on the right.

However, Germany failed to capitalize on their early lead and found themselves trailing 1-2 at the break. Ferdi Kadioglu and Kenan Yildiz scored Turkey’s first-half goals in very similar situations, both given plenty of space on the left and finishing clinically.

Much like the first half, Germany came out firing after the break and found the equaliser in the 49th minute when Niclas Füllkrug coolly finished at the near post after being picked out by Florian Wirtz.

But Turkey regained the lead in the 71st minute when Yusuf Sari scored from the penalty spot after a VAR review adjudged Kai Havertz to have handled in the box.

Germany never really managed to put Turkey under pressure in the rest of the game, and the visitors held on for the win.

More about the match

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Confirmed lineups: Germany vs. Turkey
Nagelsmann guarantees starts for Kimmich and Henrichs, Sané speaks on contract negotiations
Germany vs. Turkey preview: Team news and predicted lineups
Gnabry aims to return to form
Goretzka gives injury update ahead of Turkey clash
Confirmed: Führich to miss Germany’s games against Turkey and Austria
Neuer confirms he won’t return to national team this month

More about the teams

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Kuntz speaks on Turkish trainer job: “There is no decision to announce yet.”
DFB willing to release Stefan Kuntz from his contract amid Turkey talks
Prömel speaks on reunion with Nagelsmann: “He convinced me to join Hoffenheim.”
Füllkrug clarifies controversial criticism
Nagelsmann reportedly disappointed by Adeyemi’s U21 withdrawal

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