Germany woes continue with loss to Poland

Euro 2024 hosts Germany stumbled to a 1-0 loss against Poland in their international friendly on Friday to continue their disappointing run less than a year before they host the continental tournament.

Jakub Kiwior‘s bouncing header snatched only the second victory for the hosts over the Germans in 90 years with Germany now having won only three of their last 10 international matches.

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The Germans, who needed two late goals to rescue a 3-3 draw against Ukraine on Monday, were almost caught out when Jakub Blaszczykowski chased down a deep cross but Malick Thiaw‘s well-timed tackle denied the 37-year-old at the edge of the box.

The hosts kept breaking through the shaky German backline with Jakub Kaminski‘s shot form a tight angle saved by keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

He was beaten in the 31st when Kiwior’s glancing header bounced off the ground first and then floated past Ter Stegen who got a hand to the ball but could not push it wide.

The Germans piled on the pressure after the restart and threatened with Robin Gosens before Joshua Kimmich saw his effort bounce off the crossbar four minutes after the restart.

Thiaw, making his Germany debut, got close to an equaliser with a fine turn and shot in the box but keeper Wojciech Szczesny produced his best moment of the night to block it.

Germany had a string of late chances but could not find an equaliser that would alleviate some of the pressure they and coach Hansi Flick will now face on their return.

The Germans, who play Colombia next week, now have less than a year to build a battle-worthy team for their home Euros but following their disappointing first round World Cup exit in Qatar last year, they have failed to show clear signs of recovery.

They have managed just one win — over Peru — in their four matches since the World Cup.