I’ve kept putting off writing anything lately, I just haven’t really felt like it. I couldn’t miss putting a post together for last night’s game however, it’s not every night you get to see Nils Petersen in a German shirt. Germany needed everything to go right last night, beating Fiji was never in doubt but they had to do that and score a boatload of goals in the process. As it turns out they did that and the result of the other game went their way too with Mexico losing 1-0 to South Korea. It was a very fitting location for the game that’s for sure, the Belo Horizonte stadium having played host to another high scoring game two summers ago, Germany’s historic 7-1 destroying of Brazil on their way to the World Cup final. There was one person in the squad for whom the Belo Horizonte will be very familiar territory indeed, the person in question having been a part of the German squad on that day. Though of course Matthias Ginter didn’t play in that game or any of Germany’s World Cup games in fact, he didn’t play tonight either. So I’ve only got the one picture of him, and it’ll be separate from all of Petersen’s pictures. This is Nils’ day and his alone, hence why Matze’s name isn’t in the title either. He’ll get more chances to play for Germany but Nils most likely won’t, so he should at least get the title to himself.
Germany needed to score a lot of goals and they did just that with Nils Petersen getting five of them. It would have been just that little bit more perfect had last night been his first game in a German shirt. Becuase on his Freiburg debut he got a hattrick against Eintracht Frankfurt. And on his official Freiburg debut (because he was on loan the previous season from Bremen) against 1.FC Nürnberg he also got a hattrick and scored a penalty, actually he scored three goals in about five minutes. To get back to tonight all of them were fairly typical Petersen goals, he’s not particularly overcomplicated when it comes to scoring. He’s pretty simple really, you need a goal and he gets it. That’s to say that none of them were impressive though, the fifth one in particular I liked, the looping head over the keeper. I’d be hard pressed to pick a favourite but I’d probably pick that one.
They should have let him take the first penalty, he’s an excellent penalty taker and hardly ever misses. I think I remember him missing one last year, but he’s usually pretty reliable on that count. It doesn’t matter, he scored the second. It’s been a difficult week but seeing Petersen score all those goals has certainly put me in a better mood. I know what people will say, it’s only Fiji, it’s not the A team and it’s not the same standard as the other international tournaments but I don’t care. I got to see Nils Petersen wearing the German shirt and scoring goals, something I didn’t think I’d ever get to see. It makes it even more perfect that I chose his name to be printed on the back of my Freiburg away shirt, because it’s white just like the German one. On the subject of perfection there is one final fact I have to mention. In the crowd at the game was a boy wearing a German shirt who had a sign saying “1-7 – one more time.” I found that funny and even more so now, he got his wish. But tonight was better for three reasons, Nils Petersen was there, they scored three more goals and even better they conceded none.
This is a picture I won’t get sick of for a while: