Elif Elmas scores a late winner for North Macedonia
Elmas scored with 5 minutes remaining to safe a well-known win

North Macedonia shocked four-time world champions Germany as Eljif Elmas’ late purpose secured a shock win.

Goran Pandev had put North Macedonia forward within the 2022 World Cup qualifier on the stroke of half-time.

Ilkay Gundogan equalised from the penalty spot early within the second half after Leroy Sane had been fouled.

However North Macedonia, ranked sixty fifth on the planet, snatched victory with 5 minutes remaining when Elmas struck from shut vary.

Chelsea ahead Timo Werner missed an excellent likelihood to attain for Joachim Low’s aspect earlier than North Macedonia’s winner however in some way fired broad from shut vary.

‘We have by no means crushed a staff with so many titles’

It was a primary defeat in Group J for Germany and the primary targets that they had conceded in qualifying.

The loss additionally ended their 35-game unbeaten run in World Cup qualifying, stretching again to their 5-1 defeat by England in 2001.

“That is bitterly disappointing,” Low mentioned.

“We weren’t contemporary sufficient, we made errors. Once we performed rapidly we have been harmful however we didn’t discover the instruments to be actually threatening.

“General, it was disappointing to lose like that at house.”

Ilkay Gundogan looks dejected after Germany are beaten by North Macedonia
The defeat ended Germany’s 17-game successful run in qualifying

North Macedonia’s win was their second in Group J and means they’re second with six factors, three behind leaders Armenia with Germany third.

“These lads have made North Macedonia proud in opposition to the winners of 4 World Cup titles and three European championships,” North Macedonia coach Igor Angelovski mentioned.

“We have by no means crushed a staff with so many titles. Now we’ve got to get some relaxation as what we’ve got completed nonetheless hasn’t sunk in.”

Earlier than kick-off, Germany’s gamers unfurled a banner supporting human rights.

Germany gamers additionally wore T-shirts to point out help for Qatar migrant staff earlier than their World Cup qualifying win over Iceland on Thursday.



Formation 3-1-4-2

  • 22ter Stegen
  • 4GinterSubstituted forMusialaat 89′minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 16RüdigerBooked at 37mins
  • 23CanBooked at 90mins
  • 6Kimmich
  • 19SanéBooked at 46mins
  • 18Goretzka
  • 21Gündogan
  • 7GosensBooked at 28minsSubstituted forYounesat 56′minutes
  • 10HavertzSubstituted forWernerat 56′minutes
  • 20Gnabry


  • 1Trapp
  • 2Max
  • 5Tah
  • 8Musiala
  • 9Werner
  • 11Younes
  • 12Leno
  • 13Klostermann
  • 14Neuhaus
  • 17Wirtz

North Macedonia

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Dimitrievski
  • 16NikolovSubstituted forBejtulaiat 59′minutes
  • 13Ristovski
  • 14VelkovskiBooked at 5mins
  • 6Musliu
  • 8AlioskiSubstituted forRistevskiat 90′minutes
  • 17Bardhi
  • 5Ademi
  • 21ElmasBooked at 67mins
  • 9TrajkovskiSubstituted forSpirovskiat 72′minutes
  • 10PandevBooked at 77minsSubstituted forStojanovskiat 90′minutes


  • 2Bejtulai
  • 3Askovski
  • 4Ristevski
  • 7Radeski
  • 11Hasani
  • 12Bogatinov
  • 18Stojanovski
  • 19Velkoski
  • 20Spirovski
  • 22Siskovski
  • 23Ibraimi

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