World Champions Germany suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of their European neighbors Poland in last night’s Euro Cup Qualifying match. This is Germany’s first loss after 19 competitive matches in all competitions. Their last loss came against Czech Republic in October 2007. This is Poland’s first win against the German side who had never lost against Poland prior to last night’s defeat.
Poland took the lead in the 51st minute through a header by Arkadiusz Milik. The lead was doubled late into the second half and the win secured by a sweeping finish by the Polish midfielder Sebastian Mila. Mila slotted home after Robert Lewandowski had squared the ball after a powerful run. Poland supporters and players were jubilant and in celebratory mood after the historic 2-0 win against the World Champions.
However, Germany had created a large number of chances with the debutant midfielder Bellarabi missing three clear cut chances. Muller and Gotze were also unable to score as the German side looked out of options against the spirited Poland side.
“I can’t fault the team, but perhaps we should have made more of our chances,” the German manager Joachim Low said at the end of the game. “After a loss you always need to show a good reaction.’’
Germany are a strong team and it would be safe to say that they will bounce back from this result and win against Republic of Ireland in Tuesday’s qualifying match. However, with Republic of Ireland scoring 7 against Gibraltar, they will come with high spirits and the result is a difficult one to predict.