Early this morning (April 1), Germany had to receive a shock 1-2 defeat against the “small small” North Macedonia in the group J match of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in Europe, thereby losing the top spot in the rankings and losing the top spot in the table. dropped to 3rd place due to poor sub-index with North Macedonia itself.
More importantly, this is Germany’s first defeat in the World Cup qualifiers since the 1-5 defeat against England in September 2001 making the chain of achievements… 20 years of unbeaten run in the qualifying round went up in smoke.
Gundogan was disappointed when Germany lost to North Macedonia
Witnessing the performance of the home team, midfielder Ilkay Gundogan – who was given the captain’s armband as well as scored the only goal for Germany on the penalty spot in this match expressed extreme disappointment:
“We cannot let this happen. North Macedonia infiltrated our box on two occasions and we let them do that too freely. We tried to take advantage of our chances, but we could only score one goal. The way we conceded two goals was terrible.”
Coach Joachim Low also expressed similar inhibitions:
The Tank is too ungrateful in front of the opponent’s goal
“We are very disappointed. We are simply too tired today. There was no energy in our coordinated situations and we made too many mistakes in attack.
When we move the ball faster, we look quite dangerous. Our opponents defended deep and we couldn’t find a way to break through their defence. After all, it was a disappointing game.”
Germany started the journey in World Cup qualifying with 2 victories over Iceland and Romania. Joachim Low’s army is still second in Group J with 6 points equal to North Macedonia, 3 points behind Armenia. The opportunity for Die Mannschaft to go to Qatar is still very open.