Halstenberg and Gnabry strike as Germany win over Northern Ireland

Germany football team is considered as one of the superpower teams in the World and they used to play quite aggressively. Basically, their boss Joachim Low who is in charge of the team since long and he has made the playing formational quite differently. According to the formation, the players used to be placed in the attacking position and they are quite successful in the counter-attack. But their formation did not help them in the last FIFA World Cup 2018 and now when the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying round is ongoing, they could not show their best form. Earlier, the team of Joachim Low faced a big defeat against the Netherlands. but Halstenberg and Gnabry strike as Germany win over Northern Ireland today.

However, the German team’s nerves showed in the first half, before goals from Marcel Halstenberg and Serge Gnabry sealed the three points after the break.

Although, Loew’s young team struggled against a fearless Northern Ireland side in the first half. Conor Washington forced an early save from goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and nearly bundled the ball in at a goalmouth scramble shortly before half-time.

Left-back Halstenberg broke the deadlock with an inch-perfect half-volley just after the break, smashing a bouncing ball into the top corner to pick up his first-ever international goal. A string of chances followed for Germany with Marco Reus and Timo Werner both forcings saves from Bailey Peacock-Farrell.

Having ridden out the storm, Northern Ireland quickly began to expose Germany’s defensive frailties again and almost equalized through Stuart Dallas just after the hour mark. Yet Bayern Munich winger Gnabry finally sealed the win two minutes into injury time, squeezing the ball past Peacock-Farrell from the tightest of angles.

Germany now overtakes Northern Ireland to go top of Group C on goal difference, with both sides having picked up 12 points from their opening five games. The Netherlands, who have played only four games so far, sits in third with nine points after their 4-0 victory over Estonia.

Despite their four wins so far, O’Neill’s side still has a mountain to climb to qualify, as they face two clashes with the Dutch and a trip to Germany in their remaining five games.