Northern Ireland v Germany Live Commentary & Result, 09/09/2019, EC Qualification


20′ Is Werner still playing? He’s had the fewest touches – seven – of any German soccer professional so far and seems to be struggling to get into the game.

18′ Germany win their first corner of the game, Cathcart retreating and turning behind Reus’ cross into the six-yard box.

16′ Germany with an extended spell of possession in the Northern Ireland half now, but the hosts have settled into a deep, compact shape and they’re proving difficult to break down.

15′ Dallas lines up another long one, but Sule heads it clear. He’s too tall to beat in the air!

14′ It’s all Northern Ireland at the moment! They’re pressing high and forcing the Germans into mistakes – and they have another throw.

12′ Corry Evans tries to test the German defence with a deep cross to the far post, but Klostermann – tucking in from right-back – heads it away.

11′ Germany are countering now, Brandt trying to feed Gnabry on the right with a throughball, but Lewis tracks back and beats the Bayern Munich winger to the round ball, guiding it back to Peacock-Farrell to relieve the danger.

9′ Northern Ireland win a free-kick in the centre of the pitch – Gnabry with the foul. Germany have started very poorly and Low has been not happy at all!

7′ NEUER SAVES! There’s no imminent danger, but a poor pass from Kroos presents Washington with a chance to get a shot away and he does, but Neuer has been very quick off his line and smothers it. Kroos has been let off the hook! A very inauspicious start this from Germany.

6′ Dallas now has a throw-in on the other side of the pitch and he’s lining up a long one. It drops to Washington in the penalty box, but his effort goes wide and doesn’t test Neuer.

4′ Here’s Lewis with a throw-in deep in German territory. He sets up a crossing opportunity, but it’s blocked for a corner to Northern Ireland.

2′ It seems Low has made a tactical change prior to kick-off, moving to 4-2-3-1 instead of 3-4-2-1. Klostermann and Halstenberg are the fullbacks, Kroos and Kimmich in midfield and Werner leading the line, supported by an attacking three of Brandt, Reus and Gnabry.

1′ KICK-OFF! Germany get this huge qualifier started.

Make sure you stay with us because the teams are out and kick-off has been on the way!

What a proud moment for Northern Ireland captain Davis! He wins his 113th cap today and becomes Northern Ireland’s second-most capped soccer professional of all time – only Pat Jennings (119) has more.

The big guns are out for Northern Ireland as Michael O’Neill makes eight changes from the side that beat Luxembourg 1-0 in Thursday’s friendly, with Corry Evans, Peacock-Farrell and Saville the only survivors. Meanwhile, Tah and Schulz are the unlucky victims from the Netherlands defeat on Friday – they drop out for Halstenberg and Brandt as Germany boss Joachim Low names an attacking side for today’s qualifier.

SUBS: Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Bernd Leno, Niklas Stark, Kai Havertz, Jonas Hector, Emre Can, Gian-Luca Waldschmidt, Jonathan Tah.

GERMANY XI (3-4-2-1): Manuel Neuer; Matthias Ginter, Niklas Sule, Marcel Halstenberg; Lukas Klostermann, Joshua Kimmich, Toni Kroos, Julian Brandt; Timo Werner, Marco Reus; Serge Gnabry.

SUBS: Michael McGovern, Liam Donnelly, Shayne Lavery, Shane Ferguson, Jordan Thompson, Kyle Lafferty, Josh Magennis, Trevor Carson, Conor McLaughlin, Tom Flanagan, Gavin Whyte, Liam Boyce.

NORTHERN IRELAND XI (4-3-3): Bailey Peacock-Farrell; Stuart Dallas, Craig Cathcart, Jonny Evans, Jamal Lewis; Paddy McNair, Steven Davis, George Saville; Corry Evans, Conor Washington, Niall McGinn.

Germany’s campaign took a blow on Friday when they suffered a 4-2 defeat to the Netherlands – their first in seven games. The Germans last lost two consecutively in October 2018. Compare that with an in-form Northern Ireland side who are undefeated in five games in 2019 and we have ourselves an interesting clash!

Now who’d have thought this? After four games, Northern Ireland have a 100 percent record and top Group C – they’re three points clear of Germany and could go even further ahead should they get a result today! They only qualified for their first European Championships in 2016, but are in a very strong position to reach their second in a row.

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Northern Ireland’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Germany.


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