Ilkay Gundogan has expressed his disappointment after Germany’s shock 2-1 loss to North Macedonia on Wednesday night.
Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan failed to understand how his side allowed North Macedonia claim a 2-1 defeat on their home turf.
That result was just about the biggest upset of the international break so far. It was also the first World Cup qualifier Germany would have lost since 2001.
Gundogan scored from the spot in the second half to equalize against the visitors but Eljif Elmas struck an 85th-minute winner to stun the 2014 World Cup champions.
Given the host of starts Germany have at their disposal, no one probably saw that coming.
Speaking after the game, Gundogan gave a candid assessment of his side’s performance.
“We cannot allow that to happen,” the midfielder said as per the German national team’s official website.
“North Macedonia were more or less in our box twice and we made it easy for them. We tried to work chances, but we only managed to score once. The way we conceded both goals was poor.”
Germany head coach Joachim Low was equally frustrated, adding: “We’re thoroughly disappointed. We simply looked too tired today. There wasn’t an energy about our play and we made too many mistakes going forward.”
“When we moved the ball around quickly, we looked dangerous. Our opponents sat deep and we couldn’t find a way to break them down. All in all, it was disappointing.”