- Timo Werner had a great chance to tilt the game in his side’s favor but he fluffed his lines
- Germany suffered their first defeat in Group J against minions North Macedonia
- North Macedonia are ranked 65th in the world by FIFA and they beat the giants
Chelsea’s Timo Werner missed an absolute sitter as his Germany team suffered a shock 2-1 loss to North Macedonia on Wednesday, March 31.
The 25-year-old made a mess of a superb chance late in the game when the scores were evenly poised at 1-1.
Goran Pandev initially put North Macedonia ahead at the stroke of half time with a goal which pretty much summed up Germany’s fortunes on the day.
Ilkay Gundogan then equalized from the penalty spot early in the second half to continue his superb form for both club and country.
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In the 80th minute, Gundogan latched onto a through ball to set up Werner, who by all accounts, looked set to bury the ball in the net.
However, Werner inexplicably fluffed his lines as he poked the ball agonizingly wide in a moment which proved pivotal in the game.
North Macedonia, ranked 65th in the world in the latest FIFA rankings, reclaimed their lead thanks to an effort from Eljif Elmas from close range.
As expected, fans did not hold back in their new wave of criticism towards Werner after the spanned chance.
"Another expensive striker that flopped at Chelsea. The lineage of Shevchenko- Torres- Werner lives strong." One fan wrote.
"I thank god we signed jota instead of this fraud everyday." Another added.
"For some reason he went with his left instead of right." One fan who couldn’t fathom why Werner went with his weaker foot added.
Germany, whose coach Joachim Lowe will leave his post after Euro 2020, currently occupy third place in Group behind Armenia in first place and North Macedonia.
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Notably, this was the first defeat for Germany in Group j and the first goals they had conceded in qualifying.
Speaking after the game, Lowe admitted his side were not up to the task on the day.
“We were not fresh enough, we made mistakes. When we played quickly we were dangerous but we did not find the tools to be really threatening,” he said.
Keane branded the player’s critics as 'idiots' while lavishing praises on the youngster over his performances this season for club and country.
The 22-year-old has broken into the Blues starting line-up and also proved himself undroppable by Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate.