Matthias Ginter and the Germany national team lost their European qualifier against the Netherlands (4-2). Stefan Lainer played the full 90 minutes of Austria’s 6-0 win over Latvia.
In their fourth European qualifier, Matthias Ginter and Germany suffered their first defeat of the campaign. The Borussia man started the game in a back three with Niklas Süle and Jonathan Tah, all of whom looked comfortable for the first half in Hamburg’s Volksparkstadion. Serge Gnabry put the Germans ahead after nine minutes, but Frenkie de Jong cancelled it out after the break. An own goal from Tah (66’) was temporarily put right by a Toni Kroos penalty, but Donyell Malen restored Netherlands’ lead in the 79th minute. Ginter was brought off for a more attacking option in the 84th minute, but Georginio Wijnaldum wrapped things up for good in stoppage time with a fourth goal for the ‘Oranje’.
"I am disappointed about the result. The Netherlands were the better team on the whole and we deserved to lose. Unfortunately, I never felt like we had the game under control," summarised head coach Joachim Löw. In Qualifying Group C, Germany remain in second place on nine points, behind Northern Ireland (12 points) and one ahead of the Dutch (6 points), who have only played three games so far. On Tuesday in Belfast, Ginter and Co. face the group leaders Northern Ireland.
Austria are right on track in EURO qualifying Group G. In their fifth game, Stefan Lainer and Co. were able to record their third win with a thumping 6-0 victory over Latvia in Salzburg. Borussia’s right back played the full 90 minutes. After Marko Arnautovic and Marcel Sabitzer had given the Austrians a 2-0 lead after 13 minutes, it was Gladbach’s Lainer who created the third by winning a penalty, which Arnautovic stuck away. Austria did not take their foot off the gas, created chances by the minute and added another three courtesy of an own goal, Konrad Laimer and Michael Gregoritsch. They now sit at second place in the group with nine points on the board. Ahead of them on twelve points are Poland, Austria’s next opponents (Monday, 20:45 CEST).
It was a disappointing evening for the Slovakia national team. László Bénes watched from the bench as his side lost their qualifier against World Cup runners up Croatia by four goals to nil. Slovakia almost kept Croatia quiet for the first half, but 45th minute goal from Nikola Vlašić provided the breakthrough. Ivan Perišić (46’), Bruno Petković (72’) and Dejan Lovren (89’) added goals of their own, leaving Bénes and Slovakia at fourth place in Group E with six points. Hungary (9 points), Croatia (9 points) and Wales (6 points) lead the way. On Monday, Slovakia face a trip to group leaders Hungary.