Germany Thrashed Colombia With An Emphatic 4 Goal Margin To Reach The Quarter Final
Germany showed up when it really mattered as two goals from skipper Jann-Fiete along with one each from Yann Bisseck and John Yeboah helped complete a 4-0 thrashing over Colombia in the first Round of 16 clash at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in New Delhi.
Orlando Restrepo lined up his Colombia colts in a 4-3-3 formation while his counterpart Christian Wueck started with a 4-2-3-1 formation with skipper Jann-Fiete Arp leading the line for the Germans. The South Americans left out star winger Leandro Campaz on the bench for the crunch match with Juan Penaloza leading the line for Colombia.
It was the Europeans who started the match on the front foot and they were duly rewarded in the seventh minute when skipper Jann-Fiete Arp tucked in from a tight angle after being sent through behind the defence.
The early setback sprung the Latin Americans into action and they enjoyed the lion’s share of possession but the Germans were content to sit back and hit them on the break. Yadir Meneses was looking dangerous for the Colombians and he came close to drawing his side level on a couple of occasions with his left foot but missed his mark by a few inches on both the occasions.
On the other hand, the Germans were lethal on the break and they made the Colombians pay again in the 39th minute when defender Yann Bisseck rose highest from a corner to guide in a bullet header past a hapless Kevin Mier to make it 2-0. The Colombian defence came under heavy pressure towards the end of the first-period but they were lucky not to concede another as John Yeboah ran them ragged on the right flank.
The second period started just as the first had even though Restrepo threw on danger man Leandro Campaz.
Another quick break-away from skipper Jann-Fiete had the Colombians caught off guard with the German setting up John Yeboah to slot into an empty net to make it 3-0.
The South Americans’ body language was telling after the third was conceded and it seemed that they had given up the fight. Very soon it was 4-0 with Fiete grabbing his second for the night after a calm chipped finish over the diving Mier after a driving dribble through the centre. The famed German hardiness and efficiency were on full display on the night as Christian Wueck’s boys put on a tactical masterclass.
The Germans never allowed the South Americans to hurt them with the ball forcing them to pass square and were deadly on the counter when they won the ball.
The Colombians failed to create any chances of note with a Juan Vidal free-kick from outside the box the closest they came to threatening Luca Plogmann in the German goal. It was a night that clearly belonged to the Europeans as they marched on into the quarter-finals while Colombia’s run came to a dismal end in New Delhi.