Euro 2020: Northern Ireland 0-2 Germany

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From Richard Petrie
BBC Sport NI in Windsor Park
Northern Ireland’s euro 2020 odds 2020 qualifying hopes suffered a major setback since they lost 2-0 to Germany.
Marcel Halstenberg’s stunning half-volley early in the second half along with a stoppage-time target by Serge Gnabry gave Joachim Low’s men success.
Germany go high in Group C.
Conor Washington wasted two chances for Stuart Dallas and the home side also went near.
NI keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell produced some fine saves as Germany dominated the second halfof the
A display was made by northern Ireland but finally face an uphill struggle after suffering an eighth consecutive defeat in games from the 31, to qualify.
Michael O’Neill’s side hoped to build on the momentum created by winning their first four matches of a qualifying campaign for the first time — house and away doubles Estonia and Belarus — however eventually came out second best into the three-time European champions.
The Netherlands’ win over Estonia moves them to within three points of the 2 teams on top of Group C and also the Dutch will probably be the next opponents in Rotterdam on 10 October of NI.
Further complete the campaign in November to be eligible and off into the Germans matches to Ronald Koeman’s side.
Northern Ireland were made to rue the absence of a successful scorer because their enterprising attacking play and bad ending and energy wasn’t rewarded with targets.
Roared on by a vociferous crowd, who had been expecting to see their unwanted emulate the renowned September successes over England from 2005 and Spain in 2006, the hosts made a bright start but when Hearts striker Washington found himself through on goal after a rare mistake by Toni Kroos, he wasn’t able to conquer Manuel Neuer, that had been quick off his line to control the ball down.
Lone striker Washington passed another chance when the ball got stuck under his foot a few yards out after Neuer could hands Stuart Dallas cross in his route from the right.
A goalmouth scramble ensued but no Northern Ireland player could use the final touch in a crowded playground.
He pulled his effort from replacement Gavin Whyte wide of the post although the best opportunity of the second half of NI dropped to Leeds United participant Dallas.
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