A crazy party, not to believe. They don't reach the adjectives to describe it. Is that the surprise of the day in Europe occurred in Duisburg. By the third round of the Qualifiers heading to Qatar 2022, Germany lost at home after twenty years when they fell to North Macedonia 2-1.
There's always talk of the difficulty of qualifying for the world championships in South America compared to those of the Old Continent. However, this beginning wasn't easy for the great European powers, since throughout this window there were unexpected results.
This Wednesday, the one who gave the note was Macedonia, against a German team that, although it had some substitute players, on paper it was more than his rival. Even so, he didn't have a good game and, throughout the 90 minutes, the visit justified his historic victory.
The first goal was the work of Goran Pandev. Yes, that midfielder who shared the squad with Esteban Cambiasso, Javier Zanetti and Diego Milito in the Inter Champions League 2010 champions. The 37-year-old experienced left-hander captured a cross from the right and scored 1-0. Germany reached the tie in the second half, after a penalty converted by Ilkay Gundogan.
Joachim Low's team had the victory at the feet of Timo Werner, who failed when he was hand in hand with the goalkeeper. And when it seemed that everything ended evenly, Ademi sent a low cross into the area that Elmas connected from the right and established it 2-1 to cut Germany from a streak of 18 consecutive wins in World Cup qualifiers.
In addition, it is the third defeat in the face of a World Cup, the previous ones had been against Portugal in 1985 (0-1) and England in 2001 (1-5).