The 4-time world champions, Germany have been defeated at home by North Macedonia. Germany lost 2-1 to a well-known minority team in Macedonia.
North Macedonia won the match in the 85th minute. With Eljif Elmas beating Germany 2-1 in their Group J World Cup qualifier on Wednesday. The Balkans celebrated their major international victory.
Elmas stepped in after the world champions four times in charge of the game. However, they struggled to turn around.
The chances against a trained North Macedonia placed 65th globally and entered the game as a minor under plus 2800.
It was the first World Cup qualifier in 20 years in coach Joachim Low‘s final qualifier.
Before his exit following the summer European Championship, “this is very embarrassing,” Low said.
Aside from 70% of German control in the first half and Leon Goretzka firing on the shortcut, the visitors scored when 37-year-old Goran Pandev was left unmarked in the box to hold home during the first half suspension.
North Macedonia, ranked 65th in the world, snatched the victory five minutes before Elmas.
Germany lost their World Cup qualifier for the first time in 20 years, losing 2-1 to North Macedonia.
North Macedonia beat Germany to finish the World Cup qualifiers.
Germany lost their World Cup qualifier for the first time in 20 years. The 2014 champions were beaten 2-1 by North Macedonia on Wednesday.
Germany equalized after Goran Pandev’s opening goal in the first half.
But did not respond to Eljif Elmas’ winner in the 85th minute for North Macedonia. Who took over Germany in second place in Group J.
Pandev opened the scoring as the German defense completely lost track of veteran Genoa.
However, Ilkay Gundogan equalized in the penalty area in the 63rd minute after Ezgjan Alioski brought down Leroy Sane.
North Macedonia could have received Emre Can’s handball in the corner, but the referee did not see it. There is no qualifying video review program.
Shortly afterward, Timo Werner missed an excellent opportunity for Germany to move forward.
Firing a wide range of shots as each goalkeeper blocked Gundogan’s ground.
While Germany was aiming for another goal, it was North Macedonia that made the match.
Arijan Ademi balanced the ball between Antonio Rudiger’s legs as Pandev pulled the German defenders. They were leaving Elmas to beat Marc-Andre Ter Stegen.
Germany has played 35 unbeaten games in World Cup qualifiers since losing 5-1 to England in Munich in 2001 and won their last 18.
North Macedonia has never played in World Cup.
Still, it will make its first appearance in the European Championship this year after Pandev scored the winning goal against Georgia in November.
It was the last qualifier for the 15-year reign of German coach Joachim Low. Who resigned after the European Championship in June and July.
We have never beaten a team with so many titles.
It was Germany’s first Group J defeat and the first goals they had released for screening.
The defeat also ended their unbeaten run in 35 World Cup qualifiers, returning to their 5-1 defeat by England in 2001.
“This is very embarrassing,” Low said. “We were not refreshed enough to make mistakes.
When we played fast, we were dangerous. But we didn’t find the tools scary. All in all, it was heartbreaking to lose such a home.”
Germany is beaten at home in Northern Macedonia by a World Cup qualifier.
North Macedonia won the match in the 85th minute, with Eljif Elmas beating Germany 2-1 in their Group J.
Elmas stepped in after the four-time world champions dominated the game.
But they struggled to turn down the chances against the highly trained Northern Macedonians, who were ranked 65th in the world. And they managed to enter the game as under-2800 players.
It was the first World Cup qualifier in 20 years in the final qualifier for coach Joachim Low. Before following the summer European Championship. “This is very embarrassing,” Low said.
“We weren’t mature enough, and we made mistakes. If we played fast, we were dangerous, but we didn’t get terrifying tools.”
Before the start of the game, the German players opened a banner that supported human rights.
Last week, players from Germany, the Netherlands, and Norway wore shirts to express Qatar’s human rights concerns.
Although Germany scored 70% in the first half and Leon Goretzka shot the ball through the box.
The visitors scored when 37-year-old Goran Pandev was left unmarked in the box to return home during the first stop.
The Germans’ rivals lost in the middle of the season. But without Serge Gnabry’s effort. He had little to show for it until dropping Leroy Sane from the box.
Gundogan’s 63rd-minute penalty caught critics’ attention. However, despite the late pressure and Timo Werner‘s golden chance 10 minutes from time, Germany was undefeated.
They were lucky to refuse the Emre Can handball penalty. They continued to be punished for mistreatment if Elmas got a chance in the box to turn the winner.
“These guys have made North Macedonia proud by winning four World Cups. And three European games,” said North Macedonia coach Igor Angelovski.
“We have never beaten a team with so many titles yet. Now we have to rest as what we have achieved has not yet come to fruition.”
The victory lifted North Macedonia by six points in second place, ahead of Germany’s goal difference in Group J. And three behind leaders Armenia.