Scene of the Game: The last game scene of the year for the national team was an attack by the Northern Irish. The game was decided for the DFB, actually one would have long been able to go into the Feierabendbierchen mode. But as the guests came once more into the German penalty area and into shooting position, first Joshua Kimmich, then Emre Can threw themselves into the path of fire, as if it were a tournament victory.
Result of the game: It was there already 6: 1. Three times Serge Gnabry, twice Leon Goretzka and once Julian Brandt provided for festive atmosphere and the group victory before the Netherlands. Michael Smith had brought the Northern Irish early in the lead. But then only one team played, as you can see in the match report.
The first half: So far, the team of Joachim Löw had consistently delivered a good and a less good half this year. And when it was already 0-1 after seven minutes, the suspicion germinated that this would be the worse half. It was like that in the end, but only because the second one was even better. Germany dominated the game, had pretty offensive actions and earned a deserved 2-1 lead in the break.
9 picturesGermany vs. Germany Northern Ireland: conciliatory qualifying final
The second half: The German team has kept the gala appearance until the end. It was the best half of the year with beautiful combinations, a cold blood before the goal that did not exist for long, paired with a rock-solid defensive played by Can and Jonathan Tah.
Players of the match: It would be easy to choose a threefold scorer for the Man of the Match - also because Serge Gnabry deserved it off the beaten track. Nevertheless, the award applies this time to one who already seemed to be away from the starting places. Jonas Hector played in his 43th international match quite strong, won almost without exception running duels and duels and prepared both goals in the first half. The news that at his club in Cologne with Markus Gisdol and Horst Heldt a new athletic leadership waiting for him, must have made him somehow legs.
Change of Game: After about 70 minutes, that happened, which made the journalists break a nice story. Niklas Stark came on as a substitute, and the series of eight games missed by him despite eight cadre nominations came to an end. Strong, protected by a face mask after the broken nose, finally made his debut, and this opened up another beautiful story for the journalist.
Number of game: The accepted lucky number Thirteen. Gnabry has scored 13 goals in his 13 international appearances. Gerd Müller succeeded in laying down such a balance sheet exactly 50 years ago. And he was known to wear the back number 13.
Rocket science of the game: The composition of the groups at the European Championship in 2020. For days is on possible constellations and impossible absurdities of the draw on 30.11. discussed, which has given the Uefa even through their new mode. And this is not even so clear with the draw date. On Friday, namely, the cast of the playoffs will be announced, in which even more European Championship seats will be played in March. At the same time, the teams have to be carefully distributed to the twelve host countries in the draw. In the Cold War there were the Kremlin astrologers, today there should be the Uefa astrologers. Even veteran experts despair of the details.
I studied this for a few hours and am now relatively sure that Germany can take part in the European Championship.- Thomas Nowag (@ Dagobert95) November 19, 2019
Curiously enough, some teams already know tonight who they have to play against in the European Championship. At least Joachim Löw knows where to spend the preliminary round. All three games will be played in Munich. Home-EM! Living room!! Group phase dahoam !!!
Recognition of the game: Four days ago against Belarus was still the moderate viewer interest the big topic. Now the audience sang happily: "Oh, how nice that is." Everything that is currently related to the national team, is somehow unstable.
Germany-Northern Ireland 6: 1 (2: 1)
0: 1 Smith (7th)
1: 1 Gnabry (19th)
2: 1 Goretzka (42)
3: 1 Gnabry (47.)
4: 1 Gnabry (60.)
5: 1 Goretzka (73.)
6: 1 Brandt (90th + 1)
Germany: Ter Stegen - Klostermann (65th Stark), Can, Tah, Hector - Kimmich, Kroos - Gundogan - Goretzka (73rd Serdar), Gnabry (80th Amiri), Brandt
Northern Ireland: Peacock-Farrell - McNair (77th Boyce), Cathcart, Flanagan - Smith, Evans (65th McLaughlin), Davis, Saville, Ferguson - Thompson, Magennis (83rd Lavery)
Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande (Spain)
Yellow cards: none