Germany - Macedonia

Europe: WC Qualification Europe
Germany İ. Gündoğan (Pen. 63)
Macedonia G. Pandev (45), E. Elmas (85)

Germany suffer shock defeat to North Macedonia

By Rune Gjerulff

Germany suffered a sensational 1-2 defeat at home to North Macedonia on Wednesday.

Joachim Löw.
Joachim Löw.

Germany were made to pay for their wastefulness as they slumped to a shocking 1-2 defeat at home to North Macedonia in a World Cup qualifier.

The home side dominated the game from the first minute, but couldn't take advantage of their first-half chances as Leon Goretzka hit the bar and Serge Gnabry had a shot saved from close range.

Instead, it was North Macedonia captain Goran Pandev who found the opener against the run of play just before half-time, putting the ball past Marc-André ter Stegen after he was teed up by Enis Bardhi.

North Macedonia managed to hold on to their surprising lead until Ilkay Gündogan equalised from the penalty spot in the 63rd minute after Leroy Sané was brought down in the box.

Germany came close to making it 2-1 with 10 minutes remaining when second-half substitute Timo Werner missed a tap in, scuffing the ball wide after an excellent pass from Ilkay Gündogan.

Then, out of nowhere, North Macedonia put the ball into the net at the other end through Eljif Elmas in the 85th minute.

Joachim Löw's troops tried to put on the pressure in the final stage of the game, but couldn't find the equaliser they needed and ultimately ended up suffering a highly disappointing defeat.

22Marc-André ter Stegen
4Matthias Ginter ↩89
16Antonio Rüdiger
23Emre Can
6Joshua Kimmich
19Leroy Sané
18Leon Goretzka
21İlkay Gündoğan (C)
7Robin Gosens ↩56
10Kai Havertz ↩56
20Serge Gnabry
1Kevin Trapp
12Bernd Leno
9Timo Werner ↪56
2Philipp Max
5Jonathan Tah
13Lukas Klostermann
8Jamal Musiala ↪89
11Amin Younes ↪56
14Florian Neuhaus
17Florian Wirtz
1Stole Dimitrievski
16Boban Nikolov ↩59
13Stefan Ristovski
14Darko Velkovski
6Visar Musliu
8Ezdzhan Alioski ↩90
17Enis Bardhi
5Arijan Ademi
21Eljif Elmas
9Aleksandar Trajkovski ↩72
10Goran Pandev (C) ↩90
12Martin Bogatinov
22Damjan Shishkovski
7Marjan Radeski
18Vlatko Stojanovski ↪90
19Krste Velkoski
2Egzon Bejtulai ↪59
3Stefan Ashkovski
4Kire Ristevski ↪90
11Ferhan Hasani
20Stefan Spirovski ↪72
23Agim Ibraimi

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