German U19 also beats North Macedonia
The German U-19 national team also won the second game of the first European Championship qualifying group. The DFB team ultimately won 3-1 against North Macedonia after a goalless first half.
Tom Bischof celebrates after his goal to make it 2-1 against North Macedonia.
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After the 6-0 opening win against Kazakhstan in the first game of the first European Championship qualifying group, the German U-19 national team clinched their next victory. Head coach Christian Wörns’ team beat the youngsters from North Macedonia 3-1 (0-0) in Bydgoszcz, Poland, in front of around 200 spectators.
Qualifying games for the German U19s
Second half brings the goals
However, the first half was uneventful and the game went into the locker room goalless. After the break, the DFB team already had the lead thanks to BVB’s Lubach, but he only hit the aluminum post (49′). Eight minutes later, Wolfsburg’s Pejcinovic did better by scoring to give Germany the lead. The North Macedonians, who won their first game 2-0 against Poland, only needed a few minutes for Gjorgievski to equalize (57′).
As a result, the DFB team was able to count on their captain. Tom Bischof from TSG Hoffenheim, who can already look back on 15 Bundesliga games, put the DFB juniors on the road to victory with his brace. “Today’s victory was a difficult birth, it was a real victory for us. North Macedonia was very deep and we didn’t find any solutions for a long time,” Wörns told dfb.de. “We changed at half-time and had more players in the center offensively, which our opponents couldn’t cope with. That was very good, the only thing that was annoying was that we gave North Macedonia a goal due to a mistake in the build-up to the game.”
Good starting position before the Poland game
The last game of the first qualifying group is scheduled for the DFB juniors on Tuesday: hosts Poland await at 3:30 p.m. Even a draw would be enough to win the group. However, the “strongest opponent in the group is waiting there. Of course we want to win this game too. Until then we will regenerate and work on the lessons learned from today’s game,” said Wörns.
Goals and cards
tree, bishop Bornschein, Goller, Klemens, Kömür, Lubach, Münz, Pejcinovic Suso, Wagner
The two best teams and the third place in the group with the best record against the top two teams will take part in the second qualifying round, which is expected to take place from March 17th to 27th, 2024. The final tickets for the European Championship, which will be held in Northern Ireland from July 15th to 28th, will then be awarded there. The tournament serves as European qualification for the U-20 World Cup in 2025.