The Swiss 6-1 debacle in the World Cup round of 16 against ex-European champions Portugal was watched by 5.82 million football fans in the ARD live broadcast on Tuesday evening. The market share was 21.0 percent.
4.42 million viewers (MA: 27.8 percent) tuned in to the afternoon game with Morocco’s surprise win over former world champions Spain on penalties (0-0 aet, 3-0 pens). In the ARD ranking for Tuesday, the reach of the World Cup games took first and third place.
Both rounds of 16 on Tuesday were also broadcast live by the streaming service MagentaTV, which broadcasts all 64 World Cup matches.
Oliver Bierhoff will not throw in the towel after the World Cup debacle. “I’m ruling that out right now,” said the DFB managing director after the preliminary round at the World Cup in Qatar.
National coach Hansi Flick had previously signaled that he would like to fulfill his contract by the home European Championship in 2024.
After 2018 and the European Championship last year, Bierhoff has to answer for the third tournament disappointment in a row. “I also know that the mechanism is starting now, that the discussion is taking place. You have to face it. I will take my responsibility,” said Bierhoff. According to an analysis, it’s not up to him whether it goes on or not: “Other people have to decide that.”
The 1996 European champion admitted that the claim “is different, even for me”. You are not there “where we actually want to be”.
Germany didn’t have the hoped-for victory against Spain, but after the draw against the Iberians they got a point that could still be very important in the end. A joker gives the DFB team hope.
Germany was able to get its first World Cup point at the World Cup in Qatar. With a much improved performance compared to the defeat against Japan, the team of national coach Hansi Flick made an important draw against Spain with a 1-1 draw. Alvaro Morata scored the goal for the Spaniards in the 62nd minute, while substitute Niclas Füllkrug scored the all-important equalizer for the German national team in the 83rd minute.
In the 40th minute, the DFB team was able to celebrate for a brief moment when Antonio Rüdiger headed in a free kick from Joshua Kimmich to put them 1-0 up, but the goal was ruled out because the German central defender was narrowly ruled offside.
Joker Füllkrug still sees “room for improvement” Fought bravely, won an important point, which Thomas Müller also sees on ZDF: “We played against very good Spaniards, put everything on the line. It wasn’t the cleanest blade from us in terms of play. We’re still in the situation that we can make it to the round of 16. We played 1-1 against one of the top favourites. We can’t get more than everything out of it.”
There was also extra praise for goal scorer Füllkrug from Müller: “Geil came in. That’s what he’s in for. He has great self-confidence and a hammer in his right foot. He’s an incredibly cool guy.”
A compliment that the German match winner gladly accepts, but the team does not yet see at 100 percent. “We really wanted to draw this game. It’s important that we got this point. We still have room for improvement,” said the Bremen striker on ZDF after his important equalizer, which gives Germany more hope.
Thanks to Costa Rica: Germany still has a chance of reaching the round of 16 Since Costa Rica surprisingly won 1-0 against Japan in the second game of the group on Sunday morning, the German national team still has a chance of reaching the round of 16, but it is not in their own hands.
Even if they win against the Central Americans on December 1 (8 p.m.), the team of national coach Hansi Flick must hope for a victory for the Iberians in the parallel game between Spain and Japan. In this constellation, the Spaniards would be group winners with seven points, Germany would be group runners-up with four points, Japan and Costa Rica would have to start their journey home with three points each.