(Germany – Northern Macedonia 1-2) They are ranked number 65 in the FIFA rankings, but on Wednesday night Northern Macedonia took one of their biggest scalps ever.
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And thus they are actually ahead of Germany in the World Cup qualifying group after three games played.
Bild Zeitung uses the word “embarrassing” and the football magazine Kicker states that the loss is an “ugly surprise”.
Group J in the World Cup qualifiers is a little mystery: Because where Germany, the undisputed group favorite, has started with two wins and one loss, the two top places belong to Armenia, which stands with nine points and a full pot after three matches, and Northern Macedonia .
The latter admittedly only ahead of the Germans on goal difference.
Whether this is the case when the qualification is over is rather doubtful, but it still gives Armenians and Macedonians a nice table to frame.
Joachim Löw sent a powerful starter on the grass in Duisburg, with stars such as Marc-André ter Stegen (Barcelona), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City) and Leroy Sané (Bayern Munich) from the start, but the big ones the stars became extras in what was northern Macedonia’s big night.
The nation, ranked 65th in the FIFA rankings, took the lead in overtime of the first half when the nation’s top scorer, Goran Pandev, gave them the lead, but hardly anyone left them great chances when Ilkay Gündogan equalized from the penalty spot with 27 minutes left to play.
Löw replaced players like Amin Younes, who plays for high-flying Eintracht Frankfurt and Chelsea striker Timo Werner (who should have scored), but this was Northern Macedonia’s night.
Napoli player Eljif Elmas won the match with his perfect goal five minutes before full time. The goal triggered wild cheers among the Macedonian players, and thus it was a shock loss for “Die Mannschaft”.
When the final signal went, the Macedonians cheered as if they had won the World Cup.
German national team football has been in a wave since the World Cup in 2018: The championship in Russia was a fad for the Germans, who for the first time in their traditional history were sent out of the championship in the group stage.
Since then, several results have attracted attention, such as the 0-6 humiliation for Spain. It was also controversial when Löw chose to permanently reject three pillars in the German team: Jerome Boateng, Mesut Özil and Thomas Müller. Since then, Löw has actually been under pressure. The German national team coach, who has been associated with the German national team for 17 years, has confirmed that he will resign as German national team manager after the European Championships this summer.
The pressure on Löw towards the championship will hardly decrease after this.
- Denmark’s fantastic start to the World Cup qualifiers continues: After an enormously strong 4-0 victory away over Austria, the Danes have a 14-0 goal difference and nine points after three games. There are four points down to Scotland in second place. Andreas Skov Olsen (2), Joakim Mæhle and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg scored the goals.
- In Sevilla, Dani Olmo, Ferran Torres and Gerard Moreno secured a 3-1 victory over Kosovo. Spain has seven points after three games. The next opponent is Sweden, which has a full pot after two games.
- Italy tops their group with nine points after three games: Stefano Sensi and Ciro Immobile scored when Lithuania were beaten 2-0.
- France were under pressure away against Bosnia-Herzegovina, but a goal by Antoine Griezmann after 60 minutes secured three important points for the reigning world champion, who started with 1-1 at home against Ukraine.
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