North Macedonia brings Germany back to ground zero


Germany coach Joachim Loaf will have to go back to ground zero to quickly fix the situation ahead of this year’s European Football Championship. 


After losing surprisingly at home 2-1 to North Macedonia in a World Cup qualifier on Wednesday.



It was Loaf, who would leave his post after 15 years of assuming responsibility and after the European Championship 2020.



Which kicks off in June, he imagines the last six months to end differently.


But Germany lost for only the third time in its history in a match at home in the World Cup qualifiers .



And for the first time since the 5-1 defeat to England in 2001.


After beating Iceland and narrowly defeating Romania in the first two rounds of qualifying matches last month.



The loss comes to North Macedonia, ranked 65 in the world.


After a few months of humiliating Germany 6-0 to Spain, it is sure to put more pressure on Loaf.



Germany are third in Group 10 of the qualifiers, with six points.


It is the same as the balance of North Macedonia.


While trailing by three points for the leaders Armenia. Only the leader qualifies directly.



Loaf said :”We will review everything. We have to keep working. We have to play steadily on the level,”.



The words of the Germany coach seem more theoretical than practical, given that the team has only two friendlies, against Latvia and Denmark, before the start of the European Championship.



Indeed, Loew did not succeed in getting Germany back on the right track.


Following an early exit from the first round of the 2018 World Cup.


Then they stumbled into the Nations League the following year.


Germany struggles to translate opportunities into goals.


Despite possession of 70 percent of the ball in the first half against North Macedonia, the team were 1-0 behind.



Besides, young players like Timo Werner, Leroy Sane and Kai Havertz are not performing yet.



Even after Ilkay Gundogan equalized for Germany with a penalty kick.


The homeowners missed a number of easy chances and before North Macedonia scored the winning goal in the 85th minute.



Germany will play in the European Championship in a strong group alongside world champion France and Europe and Hungary champion Portugal.

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