NEWS: 12.06.2019

Ginter part of blowout Euro qualification win for Germany

Ginter part of blowout Euro qualification win for Germany
Matthias Ginter made his 26th appearance for Germany against Estonia. Photo: imago images / DeFodi

Matthias Ginter and Germany remain undefeated in their qualification matches ahead of the 2020 European Championship after picking up a decisive 8-0 victory against Estonia.

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Germany celebrated a 8-0 victory against Estonia in their third European Championship qualification match. Matthias Ginter got the start once again as a central defender alongside Bayern München’s Niklas Süle. But, there wasn’t much for Ginter to do in his 26th appearance for Germany. Right from the start, the match was clearly one-sided, with Germany relentlessly attacking the Estonian goal. After half an hour, the score was 4-0 in favour of Germany. The last time Germany jumped to such a high lead early on was during their 7-1 victory against Brazil in the semifinals of the 2014 World Cup.

Former Gladbach man Marco Reus gave Germany the lead after a cross from Thilo Kehrer (10’). Serge Gnabry (17’), Leon Goretzka (20’), and Ilkay Gündogan (26’, penalty) all added to the scoreline. Reus then made it 5-0 with a sensational free kick straight into the top right-hand corner (37’). Germany continued to push forward during the second half. Gnabry scored his second of the match (62’) to make it 6-0 , with substitute Timo Werner (79’) and Leroy Sané (88’) also scoring to bring the final score to 8-0.

“It could not have gone any better. A performance like that is only possible if a team works together and everyone does their part. You have to praise the team for giving it their all these past 10 days, despite coming off a long season and a long break,” said assistant coach Marcus Sorg, who once again replaced an injured Joachim Löw on the touchline. After their third win in their third Euro qualification match, Germany currently sit in second place with nine points in Group C behind Northern Ireland (12 points), who have a game in hand.