DUISBURG, Germany: Germany’s performances have been labeled “embarrassing” after suffering their first defeat in 20 years in a World Cup qualifier to Northern Macedonia, 1-2 at home, thus adding pressure on Joachim Loew.
“It’s very disappointing,” Loew said after the final whistle in Duisburg, just now.
“It’s a shame. There were a lot of mistakes and we didn’t find a way to break the Northern Macedonia defense.
“We also let go of the quick counter -attacks they did and didn’t control the match,” he said.
Napoli midfielder Eljif Elmas scored the winner five minutes from time after Ilkay Gundogan’s penalty equalized for Germany following an early goal from 37 -year -old Goran Pandev.
The German press was clearly disappointed with the situation.
“Very embarrassing!” said the Bild daily newspaper on their website.
“Severe shock” said football newspaper Kicker while Frankfurt -based newspaper FAZ issued the headline “Rough surprise for German team.”
The four -time world champion never failed to qualify for the world’s biggest games, but did not participate in the inaugural edition of 1930 and was banned in 1950.
Loew’s squad is currently third in Group J, three points behind leaders Armenia and behind Northern Macedonia on goal difference.
“It should not have been allowed to happen,” captain Gundogan said after Germany’s first defeat in a World Cup qualifier since being thrashed 5-1 by England in 2001.
“I felt Northern Macedonia only approached our goal twice and scored two goals – it was too easy,” Loew said.