With 24 teams in six groups of four teams each, the top two teams in each group will be going to the knockout stage. The fourth and third teams will be playing each other for the third position ahead of the Euro 2020 competitions. Germany has been facing strong criticism for its performance in Russia, and this could be a tricky qualification campaign for a team in transition. Criteria for the 2020 UEFA European championship are underway where we will see a two-horse racing for the top spot between Germany and Netherland in Group C.
Germany has endured dismal a few months to the international stages and could be favourites of this year’s Euro 2020 qualifications. Joachim Low’s side was the defending of the World Cup in Russia last summer but was kicked-out at the group stage after defeats by South Korea and Mexico. Low remains the head coach although in the past few months he has done little to lift his team’s spirit. The Netherlands was also in Group One and finished top of the table after courtesy of wins which included a thumping 3-0 win over Germany in Amsterdam last October.
Such poor performance on the field has forced the head coach to consider changes like ruling out the possibility of Mats Hummels, Thomas Muller and Jerome Boateng being called up for the national team. Only three of the team members crowned champion in Brazil five years ago are part of the squad.
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After battling it out against the Netherlands in this year’s UEFA Nations League duel, Germany had the last laugh. Germany dominated the first half and led through beautiful goals from Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry before the Netherlands replied after half-time through Memphis Depay and Matthijs de Ligt. However, in the 90th minute, Nico Schulz colly Dispatched Marco Reus’s cross to cap a pulsating finish.
Serge Gnabry and Marco Reus both scored twice as Germany maintained their quest for the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifications with an empathetic win over Estonia which saw sports bettors win big with Betway. Other players who also scored in this thrilling win include Gundogan, Goretzka, Werner and Sane who has now scored in 5 of his last six international games after failing in the previous 15 games.
Germany’s previous match in Mainz had been a 6-1 win over Armenia in their final friendly before their 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign. Germany matched the scoreline inside the first-half, where they were leading with five goals. However, the same couldn’t be said about Estonia, who had conceded four goals in 16 minutes.
Coach Joachim Low was recovering at home after a health scare, but he must have enjoyed what he saw with memories of 2014 7-1 win over Brazil during the FIFA World Cup semi-final – the last time Germany managed five goals in first-half. The 8-0 win over Estonia kept Germany hot on heels of surprise Group C leaders Northern Ireland, who have won all four of their qualification matches. What’s more, Germany and Netherlands square off twice in the first three games of Group C. Germany will need to hit the ground running to avoid defeat by the Netherlands, especially with many new faces being brought into the team.