N Ireland vs Germany
European Qualifiers Group C
7:45pm Monday 9th September
As Germany was sent by the thunderbolt of Marcel Halstenberg in their way northern Ireland suffered their first defeat of their Euro 2020 qualifying effort.
The first of four crunch fittings from the powerhouses of Group C – Northern Ireland confront The Netherlands in Rotterdam second – finished in defeat following Serge Gnabry wrapped at a second in stoppage time, however also the 18,000 fans packed in to Windsor Park will hardly have been defeated given their side screen.
As they were roared on by a crowd michael O’Neill’s men played with heart and desire, but ultimately the premium quality of Germany watched them take control.
As Lukas Klostermann’s deep cross was met by Halstenberg with a powerful half-volley that flew beyond Bailey Peacock-Farrell the opening goal was a minute of quality.
For its opening 45 minutes, Northern Ireland analyzed Germany’s resolve in the aftermath of their conceding four second-half goals on the Netherlands on Friday. The Germans haven’t lost back-to-back qualifiers but they certainly looked unnerved in the opening exchanges since Northern Ireland poured.
Conor Washington poked over in the first minute and was then denied by a good save from Manuel Neuer.
Germany began to take the bite with since they created chances of their own and hogged possession George Saville taking the full power of a Kimmich attack he blocked on the border of the area.
A dramatic finish to the first half afterward followed. Stuart Dallas’ low cross triggered a goalmouth scramble but Neuer somehow emerged with the ball while Peacock-Farrell left a point-blank save from Werner since Germany attempted to hit them over the rest, as Washington could not extend far enough.
However, for the tough work in the first half of all Northern Ireland of Germany needed three minutes to start the scoring at the second. Peacock-Farrell had made a good save to deny Klostermann at the opening moments but there was not anything he would do if Halstenberg and Klostermann’s deep cross moments fulfilled with afterwards.
It might have been moments but the Burnley stopper refused Brandt before Klostermann fired wastefully over about the follow-up, while Gnabry poked the ball just wide by a counter-attack.
Germany were in full flow now and Peacock-Farrell made an excellent save to push the low shot of Werner just following a fantastic mix with Marco Reus round the pole.
Northern Ireland had to regroup, but had been crying for a penalty when Paddy McNair saw Dallas fire just wide from the cross of replacement Gavin Whyte, hit the deck on the hour.
O’Neill threw on Josh Magennis and youthful Linfield striker Shayne Lavery at the final stages but they fought to create an impact and it was Gnabry who had the final state, beating the offside trap then Peacock-Farrell in a tight angle in 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.