Germany - Armenia

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Goretzka and Flick speak on role of fans in victory: "It was balm for the soul."

By Peter Vice

The 18,000 strong crowd in Stuttgart provided excellent aesthetics for football viewers watching the German national team defeat Armenia 6-0 on Sunday night.

In their post-match comments midfield linchpin Leon Goretzka and trainer Hansi Flick also acknowledged how much the return of live supporters meant to them.

Leon Goretzka.
Leon Goretzka.Photo: Steffen Prößdorf, CC BY-SA 4.0

For Serge Gnabry and Timo Werner, it was a chance to shine in front of a hometown crowd. Leroy Sané--furnisher of a strong performance in the victory--got a chance to hear supportive applause instead of boos. Sané's Bayern teammate Leon Goretzka spoke to the RTL microphones only after spending some time visiting the fans in the stands. The 25-year-old then expressed his appreciation for the support.

"It was just a completely different game today," the supplier of two assists remarked afterwards, "The support was extraordinary. We made the rounds after the game. You see the flags waving and look into gleaming eyes and shining faces. That was balm for our souls. That's what football is all about."

Bundestrainer Hansi Flick also had grateful words reserved for the crowd after his first home match in charge of die Nationalmannschaft.

"There's always a great atmosphere in Stuttgart," Flick mused, "The team delivered a great performance. The spectators provided an inspiring atmosphere. It was a co-production. After having not experienced that for some time, it gave you goosebumps."

1Manuel Neuer (C)
23Jonas Hofmann
15Niklas Süle
2Antonio Rüdiger
4Thilo Kehrer ↩83
6Joshua Kimmich ↩61
8Leon Goretzka
10Serge Gnabry ↩72
11Marco Reus ↩60
19Leroy Sané ↩60
9Timo Werner
12Bernd Leno
22Kevin Trapp
13Karim Adeyemi ↪72
3Ridle Baku
5Nico Schlotterbeck
16Lukas Klostermann
20David Raum ↪83
7Florian Wirtz ↪60
14Jamal Musiala ↪60
17Florian Neuhaus
18Mahmoud Dahoud
21İlkay Gündoğan ↪61
1David Yurchenko
19Hovhannes Hambardzumyan ↩57
3Varazdat Haroyan
4Taron Voskanyan
13Kamo Hovhannisyan
22Sargis Adamyan ↩46
5Artak Grigoryan
6Wbeymar Angulo ↩46
7Khoren Bayramyan ↩82
11Tigran Barseghyan ↩70
18Henrikh Mkhitaryan (C)
12Stanislav Buchnev
16Arsen Beglaryan
9Ishkhan Geloyan ↪46
10Erik Vardanyan
20Aleksandr Karapetyan
2Davit Terteryan ↪57
15Hrayr Mkoyan
21Arman Hovhannisyan
8Eduard Spertsyan
14Artem Avanesyan ↪82
17Solomon Udo ↪46
23Vahan Bichakhchyan ↪70

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