N Ireland vs Germany
European Qualifiers Group C
7:45pm Monday 9th September
Because the thunderbolt of Marcel Halstenberg sent Germany on their way to a 2-0 triumph in 28, northern Ireland suffered their first defeat of this Euro 2020 campaign.
The first of four crunch fittings from the powerhouses of Group C – Northern Ireland face The Netherlands at Rotterdam next – ended in defeat after Serge Gnabry rolled at a second in stoppage time, however also the 18,000 fans packed to Windsor Park will barely have been defeated given their side’s display.
Michael O’Neill’s men played with heart and desire as a boisterous crowd roared on them, but the superior quality of Germany saw them take control after the rest.
The opening goal was a second of caliber as Halstenberg met Lukas Klostermann’s deep cross.
In the aftermath of their devoting four second-half goals, Germany’s resolve was analyzed by Northern Ireland for your 45 minutes night. They looked unnerved from the opening exchanges since Northern Ireland poured forward although the Germans have never dropped qualifiers.
Conor Washington poked just over in the minute and was subsequently denied by a good save from Manuel Neuer after an uncharacteristic error from Kroos.
Germany slowly began to take the sting from the atmosphere with as they hogged possession and created chances of their own George Saville taking the entire force of a Kimmich attack which he blocked on the edge of the region.
A dramatic finish to the first half followed. Stuart Dallas’ cross caused a goalmouth scramble but Neuer somehow arose with the ball while Peacock-Farrell made a point-blank rescue from Werner as Germany attempted to hit them over the rest as Washington couldn’t stretch far enough.
But for the hard work in the first half of all Northern Ireland , Germany had three minutes to start the scoring in the next. Peacock-Farrell had made a good save to deny Klostermann from the opening seconds but there was nothing he can do if Halstenberg fulfilled with Klostermann cross moments .
It may have been worse minutes while Gnabry poked the ball just wide until Klostermann fired wastefully over to the follow-up but the Burnley stopper denied Brandt.
Germany have been at full flow and Peacock-Farrell made an excellent save to push on the low shot of Werner just round the pole following a neat combination with Marco Reus.
Northern Ireland had to regroup, but were screaming for a penalty when Paddy McNair saw Dallas fire wide from the cross of replacement Gavin Whyte, and hit the deck over the hour.
O’Neill threw on Josh Magennis and youthful Linfield striker Shayne Lavery in the closing stages but they fought to make an impact and it was Gnabry who had the final state, beating the offside trap then Peacock-Farrell in a tight angle at the third minute of time .
Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill believed since they suffered a defeat to Germany in their Euro 2020 Qualifier his side missed some chances.