Ebene News – UA – “Rude awakening”: World’s giants rocked by minnows after epic blunder by $ 96 million star

Germany’s performance has been called’ embarrassing ‘after suffering their first World Cup qualifying loss for 20 years in a humiliating 2-1 home loss to North Macedonia who put pressure on coach Joachim Loew

“The disappointment is huge,” said dispirited Loew after the final whistle in Duisburg on Wednesday

“It’s a setback There were a lot of mistakes and we couldn’t find a way to break the deeply rooted North Macedonians

Napoli midfielder Eljif Elmas scored the winner five minutes after Ilkay Gundogan’s penalty had equalized Germany after 37-year-old striker Goran Pandev’s opener

“Nasty Surprise” said football magazine Kicker while the Frankfurt-based daily FAZ opted for “A rude awakening for the German team”

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The quadruple world champions never failed to qualify for the biggest soccer tournament, but did not make the inaugural edition in 1930 and were banned in 1950

However, Loew’s men are already languishing third in the Group J table, three points behind the Armenian leader and behind North Macedonia in goal difference

“The point is, it shouldn’t have been allowed,” admitted substitute captain Gundogan after Germany’s first loss in World Cup qualifying since the infamous 5-1 loss to the England in 2001

“It was like North Macedonia only approached our goal twice and scored twice – it was too easy

“It hurts all the more that not much will happen for two months,” he added, with Germany not playing again before the Euro 2020 preparatory matches in June

“We need to be in great shape by the end of May and get ready for the (European Championship) tournament”

The defeat was just the latest setback for Germany, following their 6-0 beating against Spain last November and the shocking exit from the group stage at the 2018 World Cup in Russia

The defeat, which ended an 18-game winning streak in World Cup qualifying, will put pressure on Loew, who will step down after the Euro 2020 final in July after 15 years in the head

The result will also weigh on £ 53million (AU $ 96million) Chelsea forward Timo Werner, who squandered a golden chance with the score 1-1 after coming off the bench in the second half

The former RB Leipzig forward has now only scored two goals in his last 31 club and country appearances

The North Macedonian is ranked 65th in the world, 52 places below Germany, but it was the visitors who took the lead in Duisburg

Germany had to pay for missing several early chances, including a shot skied by Bayern Munich winger Serge Gnabry with the goal at his mercy

In added time at the end of the first half, 37-year-old North Macedonian striker Pandev scored his 38th international goal

Germany suddenly faced failure to win a World Cup qualifier for the first time since being held in a 4-4 draw at home by Sweden in 2012

One hour behind Gundogan, the Germany captain for the night with Manuel Neuer rested, stepped up to convert the resulting penalty after Leroy Sane fell in the zone

After Werner’s howl, North Macedonia seized their chance when Dinamo Zagreb’s Arijan Ademi beat Werner’s Chelsea teammate Antonio Ruediger and defended Elmas to shoot past German goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen

Before kick-off, the Germans unveiled a banner with the words “Wir sind 30” (We are 30), in black-red-gold letters, referring to the Declaration of Human Rights in 30 UN points

It was the third game in a row that the Germans have demonstrated against Qatar, host of the 2022 World Cup

Several other countries, including Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands and Norway, also protested for human rights ahead of their qualifications last week

Qatar has been criticized for its treatment of migrant workers, many of whom are involved in preparations for next year’s tournament, while Qatari authorities insist they have done more than any other country in the region to improve the well-being of workers

Harry Maguire thundered at home a late winner as England beat Poland 2-1 on Wednesday to take control of their World Cup qualifying group with three of three wins

Captain Harry Kane gave Gareth Southgate’s men a first half lead from the penalty spot, but they faded to empty Wembley and were punished when Jakub Moder struck after a defensive howler from John Stones

England looked likely to lose their first points of the campaign before Manchester United defender Maguire saved Stones’ blushes with five minutes left after an assist from the Manchester City man

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The nervous victory means England lead Group I with nine points after comfortable wins earlier in the international window against San Marino and Albania

Only the team that finishes at the top of the group is guaranteed a place in the World Cup final in Qatar next year

“We were very good in the first half, we were in control and conceding a goal like we did can hit the team,” Southgate told ITV

The England boss praised Stones for bouncing back from his potentially costly mistake, adding: “You can fold in those times and he didn’t.”

Germany vs North Macedonia

Ebene News – UA – ‘Rude awakening’: World giants rocked by minnows after epic blunder by $ 96 million star

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