Since then, he has only scored two in thirteen appearances. Northern Ireland drop their first points in Euro 2020 qualifying as goals by Marcel Halstenberg and Serge Gnabry give Germany a 2-0 win in Belfast. 64' - It's finally happening! Germany enjoy their first extended period of possession under a cacophony of cat calls and whistles. | Mobile version. At the ninth time of asking, the Hertha Berlin center back comes on to make his long-awaited Germany debut. After a wholly underwhelming first-half performance though, Germany turned the game on its head soon after the restart when Marcel Halstenberg opened his international account with an eye-catching volley. Germany concede possession under a press presenting Washington with a golden opportunity to open the scoring. Never a penalty. — Amid the talk of changes and recriminations after Friday's display, it's worth remembering that Germany had won 14 straight games in major tournament qualifiers since October 2015 before that game. 3' - Steffen Freund is RTL co-commentator tonight and claims that Northern Ireland are "the perfect test for Germany" tonight. The cross was deflected toward the opposite side of the pitch, and seconds later Halstenberg scored his first international goal. © 2020 Deutsche Welle | Into the final quarter of an hour and there's a distinct sense that there's at least on twist left in this tale. 85' - Jonas Hector has produced a performance that has staked a strong claim as Germany's best left back. Euro 2020 qualifying live: Germany vs. Northern Ireland Germany are looking to seal top spot in their Euro 2020 qualifying group when Northern Ireland visit the Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt. McNair looks to release Washington in behind with an early pass, but the Northern Ireland striker is stopped in his tracks by the offside flag. Download now, EPL 2019 Match Predictions: Burnley vs Man City, EPL 2019 Match Predictions: Manchester United vs Arsenal, EPL Match Predictions: Arsenal vs Chelsea. Hopefully Manuel Neuer doesn't pull a Lukas Hradecky and leave the national pennant in the changing room. Privacy Policy | These attacks are examined later in this analysis. A 1-0 friendly win over Luxembourg also speaks to a lack of real potency at the front end. A fair number of people in the German press have suggested so in the wake of the defensive errors that cost Germany on Friday night. —  Northern Ireland top this qualifying group with four wins from four but have yet to play one of the big boys. 28' - Northern Ireland goalscorer Smith is really feeling it tonight as he skips past Hector's challenge with an audacious nutmeg before clipping in a cross with the outside of his boot. However, they need to ensure they earn 3 points when they host Northern Ireland in the last game of their, Jonny Evans has been outstanding for Leicester City this. It will be tough – Northern Ireland are particularly tricky at home, but we're well aware of just how important tonight's clash is.". The idea of playing Kimmich centrally in midfield instead of out wide along the backline is to initiate counter-attacks more quickly, using the German’s excellent defending and progression ability to gain possession of the ball and push it forward to the attackers. 20' GOAL (Gnabry) - What a hit! In the first half it was tough. It's difficult to see Löw going back on such a public, and big, call at this point and the reasons remain largely sound. "It wasn't how we envisioned things going against the Netherlands and we were determined to show a reaction tonight. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. But O'Neill made history by taking his side to Euro 2016 and they're defensively sound, with Premier League regulars Craig Cathcart and Jonny Evans the main men at the back. 11' - OFF THE POST! Just ask your Alexa device to play the audio of our opinion piece. In the sequence above, three Northern Ireland players press Germany’s backline using direct presses and cover shadows. 73' GOAL! (Goretzka) - His final action of the evening is to add a fifth to Germany's tally as Goretzka lashes home from the edge of the area before coming off to be repalced by Serdar. Die Mannschaft's qualification was confirmed after Northern Ireland failed to beat the Netherlands in Belfast. Germany has kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 6. matches. Meanwhile, Northern Ireland missed the chance to qualify via the tournament after being held by the Netherlands in the last game. The top two teams, Germany and Netherlands, qualified directly for the finals. One-on-one with Peacock-Farrell, the Bayern forward fails to turn the ball past the keeper. Northern Ireland will still fancy their chances of sneaking a goal if Germany continue to push forward in search of a second that would engineer some much-needed breathing room. Want to hear what we think about the latest Bundesliga matchday? This is the place to come to find all of our Bundesliga and other football-related content on Facebook. Kroos questions Germany's state of transition, Talking ahead of the game against Northern Ireland, Kroos looked at the bigger picture when asked whether Germany can be considered amongst the favorites at EURO 2020. Follow me on Twitter @WSinsky. Germany bounced back to winning ways to claim top spot in Group C after a hard-fought win over Northern Ireland. Goretzka finds Hector out wide. Matthias Ginter and Toni Kroos stole the show, but how did the rest of Joachim Löw’s charges fare? Germany have really taken it up a gear since the restart. Germany have their foot on the throttle now as Werner sees a shot saved from a tight angle. This wide press continued throughout much of the match, with Germany attempting counter-attacks to combat the defensive strategy. When the visitors were able to hold the ball centrally however, Northern Ireland rarely attempted a press, choosing instead to defend with the more conservative approach of a lower block. Manuel Neuer; Lukas Klostermann, Matthias Ginter, Robin Koch, Nico Schulz; Toni Kroos, Joshua Kimmich, Ilkay Gundogan; Timo Werner, Serge Gnabry, Leon Goretzka. After a gruelling 2-4 loss to bitter rivals The Netherlands, Germany travelled to Belfast to take on Northern Ireland in the 2020 European Championship qualifiers. But the former Hoffenheim man recently admitted that organization is a part of the game he has to work on. Germany are trying to remain calm and composed as we enter the closing stages, but there's still the odd moment of panicky defending to concern fans. 77' - Northern Ireland pick up a free-kick in a dangerous area, but the delivery is headed behind for a corner by Tah. 14' - Update from the other game in Group C. The Netherlands are 1-0 up against Estonia thanks to a goal from Georginio Wijnaldum meaning they currently top the group.