Matthias Ginter was once again in the starting XI for Germany’s 2-0 EURO 2020 qualifying win over Northern Ireland, but was forced off the pitch with an injury. Jordan Beyer is part of the Germany U21 squad that will face Wales in a European qualifier later today.
Matthias Ginter and the Germany national team look to be back in contention to qualify for EURO 2020, securing a 2-0 win against Northern Ireland on Monday night. However, the success was bittersweet for Gladbach fans, as Ginter had to be replaced after 38 minutes. The centre-back, who three days earlier had started in the 4-2 home defeat at the hands of the Netherlands, had played well alongside defensive partner Niklas Süle until he went down after a collision with a bruised rib.
At this point in the match, watched by 18,104 spectators in Belfast, there had not yet been any goals. This was to change early in the second half, however, as Germany took the lead. After a cross from Lukas Klostermann, Julian Brandt nodded the ball towards Marcel Halstenberg, who struck a sweet volley into the top right corner of the Northern Irish net (48’). Serge Gnabry secured the three points in stoppage time with a neat finish (90+2). “We were under pressure and had to overcome some difficulties in the game. Northern Ireland were brave and pressed us from the off. Tactically, we weren’t set up properly in the first half. We did better after the break, and we played a lot more vertical football,” summed up head coach Joachim Löw. “We’re in a learning phase. The players need to kick on so that we don’t end up throwing a game like this away.” Germany have now taken twelve points from five matches In qualifying Group C and lead the table ahead of the Northern Irish on goal difference. The Netherlands, who have played one game fewer, are in third place with nine points.
The Austria national team took a point away against Poland in their European Championship qualifier in what proved to be a difficult encounter. Borussia Mönchengladbach right-back Stefan Lainer was part of the team that thrashed Latvia 6-0 and he put in another strong performance against Poland. Overall, Franco Foda’s Austria were the better side, and fashioned a multitude of chances. One of the best was when Lainer found Marko Arnautovic with a pinpoint cross, but his compatriot headed the ball onto the crossbar. “We had a very good game and should have made our opportunities count. It’s a shame we did not get the win, but credit to the team,” said Foda. Now with ten points from six games, Austria are in third place in Group G and are still in the running to qualify. The gap to second-placed Slovenia, who beat Israel 3-1 on the same day, is one point, while the Poles remain group leaders on 13 points.
Slovakia beat Hungary 2-1 in their European Championship qualifier on Monday. László Bénes was again an unused substitute. The Borussia midfielder watched from the bench as Robert Mak gave the Slovakians the lead just before the break (40’), and Róbert Boženík scored the winning goal just six minutes after Hungary equalised through Dominik Szoboszlai (50’). The win means that Slovakia have nine points and have climbed to second in their group behind leaders Croatia, who are on ten points. But the group is by no means settled, as Hungary also have nine points and sit in third place, while Wales are on six points with a game in hand.
The Algeria national team, including Ramy Bensebaini, beat Benin 1-0 in a friendly match. Islam Slimani scored the only goal of the game at the Mustapha Tchaker Stadium in Blida (72’). Borussia’s new signing played the whole 90 minutes as a left-back in the Algerian 4-2-3-1 formation.
Jordan Bayer is part of the Germany U21 squad that will face Wales in their opening 2021 European Championship qualifier later today in Wrexham (20:00 CEST). Germany are the only team in qualifying Group 9 that have not yet played a game. In the first round of games in the group, Bosnia and Herzegovina beat Moldova 4-0 and Wales beat Belgium 1-0. In preparation for the game against Wales, the U21s played a friendly against Greece, with Jordan Beyer making his U21s debut in a 2-0 win.
Andreas Poulsen is also in international action is for the Denmark Under-21s, who will be involved in a European Championship qualifier against Romania in Ålborg on Tuesday (18:30 CEST). In the first round of qualifiers in Group 8, Finland beat Ukraine 2-0 and Northern Ireland played out a goalless draw with Malta. Poulsen was in the starting XI for the U21s on Friday in a friendly match against Hungary which ended 0-0.