Northern Ireland lose to Germany in the World Cup qualifier

Germany ensured their progression in the next year’s World Cup in Russia by defeating their Group C rivals, Northern Ireland on 5th of October in Belfast.

Germany started with a quick goal in the second minute from Sebastian Rudy’s shoot. They doubled the score as Sandro Wagner launched past the home keeper, Michael McGovern.

Joshua Kimmich fired the third one for Germany in the 86th minute. Josh Magennis scored a consolation goal for the hosts in the stoppage time.

After this game, the teams have only one remaining game in the competition. Northern Ireland will play next to Norway, while Germany will face Azerbaijan.

For Northern Ireland, this became their first defeat at home since their loss to Portugal in 2013. The previous time they had the chance to compete in the World Cup was in 1986.

Germany maintains a strong hand with 47 successive away wins in the qualifier stage, which lasts since 1934.

After this loss, Northern Ireland’s boss, O’Neill, might consider adopting a new strategy. In the first half, the team tried to be cautious but failed to respond with a 3-5-2 formation. In the second one, there could be seen a better defence while they were slowly advancing with a 4-4-2 formation, but couldn’t do more than fire a consolation goal in the injury time.

Despite the loss, Northern Ireland holds a stable 2nd place in the Group C, with Germany by 8 points above. Their most important task now is to gain points in their next encounter against Norway to increase their chances of qualifying for the World Cup 2018.

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