North Macedonia stun Germany in World Cup Qualifier: Records broken

Rajdeep Saha
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North Macedonia stun Germany in World Cup Qualifier: Records broken
North Macedonia stun Germany in World Cup Qualifier: Records broken

01 Apr 2021: North Macedonia stun Germany in World Cup Qualifier: Records broken

North Macedonia stunned Germany 2-1 in a crucial World Cup qualifying match.

Hosts Germany, who have been world champions on four occasions, lost at home after Eljif Elmas scored the deciding goal in the end.

Germany made mistakes and paid the price for a poor show against a side ranked 65th in the world.

Here we present the key details.

Match: Elmas' 85th minute strike helps North Macedonia win

Goran Pandev helped North Macedonia go ahead at the stroke of half-time.

The in-form Ilkay Gundogan equalized from the penalty spot early in the second half after Leroy Sane had been fouled.

The visitors, ranked 65th in the world, snatched victory with five minutes remaining when Elmas struck from close range.

For Germany, Timo Werner missed a glorious chance just before Elmas' goal.

Views: This is bitterly disappointing, says Low

Germany coach Joachim Low said the defeat is bitterly disappointing and felt his team made several mistakes.

"This is bitterly disappointing," Low said.

"We were not fresh enough, we made mistakes. When we played quickly we were dangerous but we did not find the tools to be really threatening."

"Overall, it was disappointing to lose like that at home," he added.