In Group J of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup, North Macedonia managed to dominate Germany (2-1) on Wednesday. No bad surprise, however, for Spain, Italy and England.
No one would have bet on it. Or only very good prognosticators. After three days, Group J of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup is dominated by Armenia. With nine points taken out of nine possible, three more than Germany, which was beaten by North Macedonia (2-1) this Wednesday in Duisburg. Jostled as rarely, out of ideas, the Mannschaft found themselves led on a fox goal from Goran Pandev, 39, after a bad recovery from Emre Can. Ilkay Gündogan equalized for his team from the penalty spot and Timo Werner had a 2-1 ball but he missed himself completely when he was alone against the empty goal.
Unashamedly, North Macedonia continued to attack and were rewarded for their efforts five minutes from time with a victorious recovery from Napoli midfielder Elif Elmas. It’s a big underperformance for Germany. Dominated by the 65th nation in the world, the selection of Joachim loew is only third of his hen. His defeat is a reminder that it has not yet digested the humiliating 6-0 conceded against Spain in the League of Nations last November.
Italy, Spain and England continue
Effective if not flamboyant, Italy for its part dominated Lithuania (2-0), in Vilnius thanks to Stefano Sensi and Ciro Immobile. With three wins in three games in Group C, the Nazionale signs a perfect start in these qualifications. It’s a bit more complicated for Spain. Hanging on by Greece (1-1), long battered in Georgia (2-1), La Roja suffered again and had to fight to overcome Kosovo (3-1), in Seville. Led 2-0 at halftime on goals from Dani Olmo and Ferran Torres, the visitors rekindled the suspense by taking advantage of a great blunder from Bilbao’s goalkeeper, Unai Simon, author of an improbable exit. The 2010 world champions made up for it by scoring a third goal signed Gerard Moreno.
Here they are installed at the head of group B ahead of Sweden and Greece. Also note the victory of England against the private Poland of Robert Lewandowski (2-1) in Group I. Harry Kane, again him, and Harry Maguire scored for the Three Lions.