Germany’s Euro 2020 qualifying campaign is back on course as Joachim Loew’s side edged to a nervy 2-0 win over Northern Ireland in Belfast on Monday, September 9.
The victory sees Germany go top of Group C and ends Northern Ireland’s spotless record in qualifying so far, as the first game in five that Michael O’Neill’s side has failed to win.
Germany came to Belfast under mounting pressure after their 4-2 home defeat by the Netherlands in Hamburg last Friday, and their nerves showed in the first half against a fearless Northern Ireland side.
Left-back Halstenberg broke the deadlock with an inch-perfect half-volley just after the break, smashing a bouncing ball into the top corner to pick up his first-ever international goal.
Bayern Munich winger Gnabry finally sealed the win two minutes into injury time, squeezing the ball past Peacock-Farrell from the tightest of angles.
Germany now leapfrogs Northern Ireland to go top of Group C on goal difference, with both sides having picked up 12 points from their opening five games.