European Championship Qualifying
6: 1! Germany celebrates a goal gala against Northern Ireland
The German national team has won the last European Championship qualifier against Northern Ireland 6: 1 (2: 1) and secured the group victory.
Frankfurt. When coach Joachim LOw looked to the right in the Frankfurt stadium on Tuesday evening, he saw a message from German fans on a big banner. "Qualifying is just the beginning of a golden age," it said. Whether the near DFB future actually becomes golden, will show up next year. In any case, LOw's team managed to celebrate a golden finale in the final qualifier for the 2020 European Championship with a 6-1 (2-1) victory over Northern Ireland in front of 42,855 spectators.
The German goals were scored by the outstanding Serge Gnabry (19th, 47th, 60th), Leon Goretzka (43rd, 73rd) and Julian Brandt (91st). For Northern Ireland met Michael Smith (7th). Due to the success Germany is the winner of the group – and is at the European Championship draw on November 30 in Lostopf one.
Northern Ireland takes the lead early
There is still some time left until the big tournament next summer, which the German team can use. This clarified at least the initial phase. Toni Kroos headed the ball right at the feet of Michael Smith. What the Nordire used, with his shot from a good 20 meters into the left corner of the goal a jubilant cry of the Northern Irish fans trigger, which was probably still heard in the city center of Frankfurt. Suddenly, the outsider, for whom the game was of no importance, but nevertheless was willing to give his nearly 5,000 traveled fans a good evening.
Amin Younes is still hoping for the national team
Of course, the German team also intended to bid farewell to their own supporters in the last international match of the year. That's why she responded with furious attacks. Kroos spearheaded Gnabry, who missed goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell (10 '). Ilkay Gundogan's header hit the post (11 '). Julian Brandt missed the right angle (15). The northern Irishman Craig Cathcart had even beheaded an own goal (18th).
Germany managed again and again to embarrass the lowly opponent. Joachim Loew could actually like what he saw there. His slightly changed Elf knew how to please. Marc-Andre ter Stegen was in the goal. Jonathan Tah and Emre Can should avoid goalscoring in central defense. Brandt replaced Timo Werner on offense. Jonas Hector was once again allowed to play as a left-back.
Leon Goretzka grazes the ball to 2: 1 into the goal
And it was Hector who prepared both goals in the first half. Initially, his low pass allowed Gnabry to turn in the sixteen-yard space and put in a fierce shot into the right corner (19 '). Then Hector flanked after a fine transfer of Joshua Kimmich on the advancing Leon Goretzka, from whose foot the ball first to the inner post and then on the line trickled (43.).
The DFB team has reached the goal, but not the fans
LOw's team did not intend to be less stormy after the half-time whistle. On the contrary. Kroos took care of Lukas Klostermann. From the right-back, the ball rolled on Gnabry, who scored with a shot in the left corner his second goal (47.). And Gnabry, the outstanding national player of 2019, continued his magic. After a strong Brandt pass, the Bayern professional prevailed (maybe even foul) and cheered for the third time (60th).
Schalke professional Suat Serdar is a substitute
The German evening thus developed into a golden one. Even unlucky Niklas Stark was finally allowed to make his international debut from the 65th minute. He saw on the lawn, as Goretzka met again (73.). Also the Schalke Suat Serdar came on (74.). He was on the field at the remarkable end of Julian Brandt. The BVB professional scored in injury time to 6: 1.
The German national team is now going into a long winter break. Only in March 2020 LOw invites his players again. So there is enough time to discuss and analyze this turbulent international year. So maybe to start a golden future.