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Joachim Low and Ikay Gundogan reacts as Timo Werner misses a sitter in Germany ‘s loss to Macedonia



Joachim Low and Ikay Gundogan reacts as Timo Werner misses a sitter in Germany 's loss to Macedonia 1 Sportelo

Germany head Coach Joachim Low couldn’t hide his frustration over Timo Werner’s major failure in Germany’s shock 2-1 loss to North Macedonia on Wednesday night.


Goran Pandev put North Macedonia ahead shortly before half-time, but Germany equalized on a penalty from Ilkay Gundogan in the 63rd minute.

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With 10 minutes to go, Werner had a chance to give Germany the lead when Gundogan ran into the North Macedonia penalty area and squared the ball to the Chelsea striker, who was about eight meters away.


But Werner missed his effort and his scraped shot went just wide of the goal.

North Macedonia then scored the winning goal in the 85th minute to secure a 2-1 upset, and the result means Germany’s 35-game undefeated streak in World Cup qualification, dating back to its 5-1 defeat to England in 2001, is now over.


Speaking about Werner’s miss after his side’s defeat in Duisburg, Low told RTL: ‘He must put that ball away, no question at all.

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“He has shown here he can score goals.
“But he doesn’t hit the ball right with his left foot, if he makes a clean contact with the ball it’s a goal.”


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Gundogan, however, showed sympathy for the Chelsea striker for his failure to score.

I’m sorry for Timo,’ said the Manchester City midfielder.

“He’s the one who wants to score the most.

“We have no choice but to continue. We all know that such a defeat shouldn’t happen to us.

“That is not our right. It cannot be explained either. But that’s the way it is, we have to accept that.”

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