North Macedonia made history by winning the Germany 2-1, this Wednesday (31), at the MSV-Arena, for the third round of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup. The team could still have extended the score with a clear penalty not marked by the referee.
The match marked the departure of Joachim Löw of the German team in the qualifiers. The coach will leave the team after the Euro dispute in July.
In a busy first half, Germany squandered the good opportunities it created, while Macedonia maintained its defensive posture for most of the early stage. The first German chance missed was with Goretzka, who hit the crossbar with a bomb. Then Gnabry kicked out hard. In the 45th minute, Macedonia took advantage of the counterattack to get ahead of the scoreboard. Trajkovski crossed for Bardhi, who returned in the small area for Pandev, without a mark, to kick into the goal. The ‘zebra’ was painting in the 3rd round of the World Cup 2022 qualifiers …
At 17 minutes of the second stage, Sané suffered a penalty for Germany. Gündogan hit in the middle of the goal, while Dimitrievski jumped into the corner. Everything the same at the MSV-Arena. Macedonia still had a very clear penalty that was not scored in the 30th minute. After a corner kick, Gundogan took the ball with his arm. The judge did not see. It is worth remembering that there is no VAR at this stage of the competition.
Worse than the unmarked penalty, was Timo Werner’s hole in the 34th minute. In an unbelievable move, the striker received the ball totally free almost at the penalty spot and managed to kick out. The old football adage already said ‘who doesn’t, take’ … In a good exchange of passes in the German area, Elmas, free, sent to the back of the net and put Macedonia again in front of the scoreboard in the 43rd minute. Historical result for the Pandev team!
With the victory, Macedonia overtakes Germany and takes second place in Group J, with 6 points, while those led by Löw fall to third place. Armenia remains undefeated and in the lead of the group.
The next group stage matches for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers will only take place in September, after the Euro Cup dispute.
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