Scene of the match: Serge Gnabry was able to get on the right wing with a quick start the crucial place and fit sharply to the six-yard area, where center-back Matthias Ginter hit with the heel to redeeming 1: 0 for the DFB-Eleven (41. Minute) , A video referee would probably have detected a side-slip situation in Ginter's first international goal, but that's not there in the European Championship qualifiers. So it was the door opener, the Brustlöser, whatever. From that moment on, the brass band, blaring to death, could start the party march towards EM 2020.
Others are searched for Pyro, he brings a tuba into the stadium
The result: Germany beat Belarussia 4: 0 (1: 0) in the penultimate qualifier for the European Championship in Mönchengladbach. Since in parallel play Northern Ireland and the Netherlands 0: 0 parted, the DFB-Elf is certainly in the tournament in the coming year here. Click here for the game report.
The first half: The badly replaceable German team acted consistently in Gegenpressing and left the guests no air to breathe. Shot after shot went towards Belorussian goal, 23 at the end of 45 minutes. But since only a few attempts came on goal, it was even after 40 minutes 0: 0. Lo and behold: With his first goal approach the penultimate group C would have almost gone into the lead: Igor Stasevich's shot forced Manuel Neuer to a nice flight (40.), in return was the 1-0.
Home sweet home: "We are not putting on living room," national coach Joachim Loew announced unruly a day before at the press conference. It is good that he has set up Ginter in his Mönchengladbach living room, otherwise it would have gone with an uncomfortable 0-0 in the break and the memories of the only home match against Belarus, a 2: 2 eleven years ago, become more emphatic.
Slogans from hell: "All dreams can come true if we have the courage to follow them." This motto was the "fan club national team" the players and TV viewers, including us, contrary. This calendar git comes from the mouth of Walt Disney. Since you get an idea in which entertainment segment, the leaders of "The team" self-locate. At the DFB you chug on the soulless agency steamer towards the sunset. Many fans, however, stayed at home – just over 30,000 wanted to see the possibly pre-qualifying qualifier.
The second half: The pace did not slow down and the mature Belarusian men with a starting age average age of more than 30 years remained initially only the view of the German taillights. Leon Goretzka (49th) and Toni Kroos (55th) scared the last doubt of victory. After a foul by Robin Koch Stasevich shot the penalty due to the left, but Neuer was able to parry (75.). On the opposite side Kroos prevailed with a world-class action in the smallest space and completed the 4-0 (83). 31:13 Shot on goal it was the end.
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Neuer saved a penalty in ter Stegen's living room
Debut for the captain: Something new for Neuer in his 92nd international match: For the first time he was able to hold a penalty in the DFB jersey while playing a game in progress. Since the reclamation was the Parierarm.
No minuses record: A 0: 5 in Austria 16 years ago was the highest defeat in the still young Belarusian football history. That's what it remains, as the Löw team almost completely lost the pace and consistency of the offensive movement in the last half hour.
What's next: The DFB-Elf occurs on Tuesday (20.45 clock, TV: RTL, live ticker: SPIEGEL ONLINE) in the last match of the European Championship qualifier on Northern Ireland and can end the group with a win the group first. For the Belarusians, who are ranked 86th in the world rankings between Uzbekistan and Gabon, it will be important again in the spring: Then they can secure themselves a place on the Nations League on 12 June 2020 starting European Championship.
Germany – Belarus 4: 0 (1: 0) 1: 0 Ginter (41.) 2: 0 Goretzka (49.) 3: 0 Kroos (55.) 4: 0 Kroos (83.) Germany: Neuer – Klostermann, Ginter , Koch, Schulz – Kimmich, Kroos – Goretzka, Gundogan, Gnabry (84. Waldschmidt, 90. + 1 Rudy) – Werner (68th Brandt) Belarus: Gutor – Matveychik, Martynovich, Naumov, Polyakov – Kovalev (78th Skavysh) , Dragun, Maevski, Nekhajchik (84. Bessmertny) – Stasevich, Laptev (68. Lisakovich) Referee: Orel Grinfeld (Israel) Yellow cards: Chef / Special Occurrences: Neuer holds penalty from Stasevich (75.) spectator: 33.164