Low demanding Germany response

Updated: 01/03/2024

Germany suffered a 4-2 defeat the Netherlands in Hamburg on Friday and Low says it is important they bounce back with a win over Northern Ireland, who currently top Group C (Euro 2020 Qualifying Groups – Germany 4/6 to win Group C).

“We need to approach the game in such a way that we leave the pitch as winners,” said the Germany boss. “I am sure that we will see a reaction on Monday.”

Borussia Dortmund full-back Nico Schulz and playmaker Ilkay Gundogan have been ruled out of the game in Belfast because of injury and Low has also suggested he will make tactical changes in an attempt to combat Northern Ireland’s style.

“Northern Ireland are amazingly robust, they play a lot of long balls,” he added. “They will sit deeper and we will not have much space, so we need to think of something tactically.”

Northern Ireland have won all four of their games so far against Estonia and Belarus, but now the real test comes as they face Germany and the Netherlands, home and away. They are 10/1 to win Group C.

Boss Michael O’Neill says a draw tonight would be huge and up there with their best results (Northern Ireland 15/2 to keep a clean sheet).

“It [a positive result] would be right up there in terms of great Northern Ireland results,” said O’Neill. “We’ve had big nights here in the past – the wins against England [2005] and Spain [2006] – but ultimately they never really led to anything.

O’Neill is without Hearts defender Michael Smith through injury, so must consider whether to deploy Sunderland’s Conor McLaughlin or Leeds’ Stuart Dallas at right-back.

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