News : DFB team is subject to North Macedonia: “The miracle of Duisburg” – press reviews
The German national soccer team suffered a defeat in the World Cup qualifier against North Macedonia. At 1: 2 (0: 1) in Duisburg, Goran Pandev brought the underdog into the lead (45th + 2 minutes), Ilkay Gündoğan converted a penalty to equalize (63rd). In the closing stages, Eljif Elmas scored the winning goal (85th). Read the match report here, the press reviews on the game can be found here.
NORTH MACEDONIA *
»Makfax.com«: “Guys, that was history! (North) Macedonia beat Germany in Duisburg Ko. (…). The (North) Macedonian national soccer team recorded the biggest victory in their history. (…) This shows that Igor Angelovski’s team is ready for major competitions like the European Championship this summer. (…) Bravo! «
“Vecer.mk”: “The miracle of Duisburg: The great Pandev and the diamond Elmas kicked Germany on their knees (…) It is definitely the greatest victory in the history of (North) Macedonia.”
“Sitel.com.mk”: “(North) Macedonia celebrates a great victory over Germany.”
“Telma.mk.com”: »(North) Macedonia defeated Germany – our footballers triumph in Duisburg. (…) Our team played a perfect match, confident and determined in defense and surgically precise in attack. The structure of the game prevented Germany from asserting its own style of play and from being able to create more scoring chances despite its dominance in possession. “
* The media in North Macedonia ignore that the state name was changed from Macedonia to North Macedonia in 2019 because of Greece. Hence the insertions in brackets (North) Macedonia.
“Guardian”: »North Macedonia inflicted a historic World Cup qualifying defeat on Germany. For Germany it was the first qualifying defeat for a World Cup since 2001. «
“The Sun”: »Timo Werner looked more like a flop, not a top earner, when he missed a sure hit in the 1: 2 home defeat. The striker carried his disappointing first season with Chelsea on the international stage when Germany lost a World Cup qualifier for the first time since England’s 5-1 win in Munich in September 2001. “
“Gazetto dello sport”: »A more complicated day for the best in class, especially for Germany, which had a sensational home game against Macedonia – and was given a sensational blow. Pandev and Elmas inflict their first home defeat on the Germans since September 2019. In the end, the result was shaped by luck, but also by willingness to make sacrifices and the careful defensive play of Angelovski’s team.