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Germany bow to North Macedonia in shock qualifier defeat

Four-time winners Germany suffered a shock defeat at the hands of 65th ranked North Macedonia in a Group J World Cup qualifier last night.

Joachim Low’s final qualification match in charge did not go to plan as he was subjected to his first defeat after going unbeaten in 32 back-to-back World Cup qualifying games with Germany.

Napoli midfielder Eljif Elmas scored the all-important winner after Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan had equalised from the spot following veteran Genoa forward Goran Pandev’s goal in the first half.

The absence of Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos was brought to the fore in a truly abject performance from Die Mannschaft at the MSV-Arena.

Though let’s not take anything away from Igor Angelovski’s side who played with conviction in defence and attack as opposed to Germany who were laborious and sloppy.

Twitter was awash with ‘schadenfreude’ as the events unfolded –

Fact – After a long battle with Greece, Macedonia were forced to change their name to North Macedonia according to terms proposed in the Prespa agreement in June 2018.

The sheer difference between the two sides –

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By Surjit Patowary

Extremely passionate, detail-oriented when it comes to football. Obsessed with the news. Fact-checking is life!

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