Northern Ireland travelled to Frankfurt last night to face European giants Germany in the last game of Euro 2020 Qualifiers of Group C.
The underdogs were already at a massive disadvantage with a growing illness and injury list that included talisman Jonnny Evans, Stuart Dallas, Gavin Whyte and Jamal Lewis.
Northern Ireland took a shock early lead when Hearts defender Michael Smith rifled home a stunning first international goal in the 7th minute from 25 yards after George Saville cross was headed clear by Toni Kross.
The celebrations didn’t last long before the Germans equalized with the first Serge Gnabry goal of the night in the nineteeth minute. Goretzka gave Germany the lead just two minutes from half time when Gnabry missed but the Bayern Munich’s midfielder fought off Ferguson and his gentle effort struck the inside of Peacock-Farrell’s post before trickling over the line.
Germany doubled their lead just two minutes into the second half with the second Gnabry goal of the night which came from a clinical strike. Gnabry’s hatrick came on the hour as he held off Flanagan to get on the end of a Lukas Klostermann pass and beat visiting keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell with a precise finish. Gnabry became the third German after Oliver Bierhoff and Christian Ziege to score a hat trick against Northern Ireland.
Goretzka scored his second of the night when his low drive found its way through the legs of the Northern Ireland defence. In injury time, Brandt heaped more misery on top of a well beaten by misery firing the ball into the top corner to make it six.
So where do we go from here? It was confirmed last night that Northern Ireland would face Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Euro 2020 Playoffs next March, away from home thanks to Wales’ victory over Hungary.
The last time Northern Ireland met Bosnia and Herzegovina they lost both home and away, and although unfortunate to do so, their qualification for the Euro 2020 Finals is not a given.
The departing gaffer believes Northern Ireland can approach the Euro 2020 playoff trip with a degree of confidence as long as they have their key players available.
“The fact we won’t play Germany is the first thing,” he said. “We played Bosnia in the Nations League and we should have beaten them at home and we were unfortunate to lose in Sarajevo so the experience of being there will help us.”
We will have to wait till March to see what happens next for the Green and White army!
Opening an online betting account;
Just click here to open an online betting account at BetMcLean.com, save the site to your home screen, and you can bet on the go at your leisure. Our site is packed full of top odds and punter friendly features, with a massive inplay console and round the clock virtual betting opportunities. You can also play at our game packed Casino site, and avail of our regular Free spins and Free play offers.
We offer a huge range of daily betting and casino offers to choose from, but we also have a very generous New Customer offer: Get a 50% Bonus in Free bets based on the value of your 1st Deposit. (T&c’s below) Opening an account takes less than 5 minutes, and you can take a photo of your identification documentation and email to [email protected] and we will take care of all the boring stuff for you.
BetMcLean want all our customers to enjoy betting or playing games on our site and to have fun. We fully support Responsible Gambling and subscribe to the services of The Dunlewey Centre. If you would like to discuss your gambling/gaming please call The Dunlewey Centre on NI 08000 886 725