Germany Consolidates in a Comfortable Win Over Northern Ireland

Germany forward Serge Gnabry (20) challenged by Northern Ireland midfielder Corry Evans (13) during the UEFA European 2020 Qualifier. Photo by Nigel Keene/ProSports/Shutterstock (10405585bh)

Germany managed to bounce back after their defeat from The Netherlands in the 2021 Euro Qualifiers, after a comfortable 0-2 win against Northern Ireland in Belfast at a sold-out Winsdor Park. The home team entered the match as the group C leader, with 4 wins from 4 matches and they expected at least a draw against the former World champions. The first half presented a tough game on both sides, with both teams focused on keeping the ball in their possession and Germany showing more signs of attacking. 

Knowing that they must win every game in the group until the end, Germany decided to switch the game plan and opened the score within the first 2 minutes of the second half. Marcel Halstenberg scored a beautiful goal as the ball deflected from Peacock-Farrell and landed perfectly on the foot of Germany’s right-back.

After that goal, Northern Ireland opened up their game and tried to earn the planned point against the favorites. Germany pulled back after the scored goal, leaving the Irish to control the ball and waiting on a counter-attack to finish the job. 

The winner was decided in the 3rd minute of stoppage time when Bayern’s winger Serge Gnabry scored yet again for his national team, ending Northern Ireland’s undefeated streak.