Ilkay Gundogan and Joachim Low SLAM Germany show themselves after a shocking defeat at home against North Macedonia

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‘We can’t allow that to happen’: Ilkay Gundogan SLAMS defends Germany in shocking World Cup qualifier at home through North Macedonia in 65th place … while Joachim Low blames fatigue

  • Germany suffered a shocking 2-1 defeat to North Macedonia’s European minnows
  • The visitors are ranked 65th in the world, but still beat Joachim Low’s side
  • Ilkay Gundogan claimed that Germany was making it too ‘easy’ for their opponents
  • Joachim Low emphasized the ‘fatigue’ on his part because of the disappointing display

Ilkay Gundogan condemned Germany’s poor performance in their shocking 2-1 home defeat to North Macedonia, claiming they made it ‘easy’ for the European minnows.

The four-time world champion was stunned by a squad ranked 65th in the world, with the late winner of Eljif Elmas turning out to be the difference between the two teams.

Gundogan, who scored a second-half penalty after Goran Pandev’s opener in the first half to equalize for Germany, claimed the home side was poorly defending and described the defeat as unacceptable.

Ilkay Gundogan (front) closed the defense of Germany after their 2-1 loss against North Macedonia

Ilkay Gundogan (front) closed the defense of Germany after their 2-1 loss against North Macedonia

The European minnows, who are in 65th place in the world, took a shocking victory on Wednesday evening

The European minnows, who are in 65th place in the world, took a shocking victory on Wednesday evening

The European minnows, who are in 65th place in the world, took a shocking victory on Wednesday evening

The Manchester City midfielder told the official German FA website: ‘We can’t let that happen. North Macedonia was more or less in our box twice and we made it easy for them.

‘We tried to work out chances, but we only managed to score once. The way we conceded both goals was bad. ‘

It’s only the second time that Germany has been beaten in World Cup qualifiers since 1985, the other time being England’s 5-1 victory in Munich in 2001.

Gundogan scored a penalty in the second half to make it 1-1, but Germany lost the game

Gundogan scored a penalty in the second half to make it 1-1, but Germany lost the game

Gundogan scored a penalty in the second half to make it 1-1, but Germany lost the game

The German manager Low, who will leave as national coach after the European Championship this summer, emphasized his team’s mistakes and labeled the display as ‘disappointing’.

Low added: ‘We are thoroughly disappointed. We just looked too tired today. There was no energy in our game and we made too many mistakes in the future.

When we moved the ball quickly, we looked dangerous. Our opponents were deep and we couldn’t find a way to tear them down. All in all it was disappointing. ‘

Leaving coach Joachim Low from Germany labeled Wednesday's shock loss as 'disappointing'

Leaving coach Joachim Low from Germany labeled Wednesday's shock loss as 'disappointing'

Leaving coach Joachim Low from Germany labeled Wednesday’s shock loss as ‘disappointing’

The result has pushed North Macedonia, which also qualified for this summer’s European championships, to second place above Germany in their World Cup qualifying group. Armenia’s leaders are the only remaining party in the group with a record of 100 percent.

Former German national team midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger refused to tear into his country after the defeat, but claimed North Macedonia could have won the match with more goals.

The European minnows were furious about being awarded Gundogan’s penalty after Leroy Sane went down easily after a tackle from Ezgjan Alioski in the penalty area, while the visitors themselves were denied a penalty when Emre Can appeared to be acting from a corner.

Schweinsteiger tweeted: ‘My respect for North Macedonia, roadside penalty against them, clear penalty not given and these guys win their away game against a four-time world champion. Chapeau ‘

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