North Macedonia shocked Germany with a 2-1 World Cup qualifying victory in Duisburg, as Eljif Elmas’s 85th-minute winner arguably earned the Balkan country their greatest ever win.
The defeat was Germany’s first at home in World Cup qualifying since the 5-1 loss to England in 2001 with coach Joachim Löw admitting that they were poor on the night.
“We’re thoroughly disappointed. We simply looked too tired today. There wasn’t energy about our play, and we made too many mistakes going forward,” he said.
“When we moved the ball around quickly, we looked dangerous. Our opponents sat deep, and we couldn’t find a way to break them down. All in all, it was disappointing.”
Meanwhile, Ilkay Gündogan, who scored the equaliser to cancel out Goran Pandev opener said, “We cannot allow that to happen.”
“North Macedonia were more or less in our box twice and we made it easy for them. We tried to work chances, but we only managed to score once. The way we conceded both goals was poor,” added Gündogan.
North Macedonia coach, Igor Angelovski, was proud of the efforts of his men. “We’ve never beaten a team with so many titles. Now we have to get some rest as what we have accomplished still hasn’t sunk in.”
“These lads have made North Macedonia proud against the winners of four World Cup titles and three European Championships.”
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By FARPost Reporter