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European Championship Qualification: Likes for Gündoğan

2019-10-14T05:13:38.127Z

First, he supports on Instagram the policy of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan - allegedly by mistake. Then İlkay Gündoğan decides the tough game in Estonia with two goals.



How did it work?

Estonia - Germany 0: 3 (0: 0)
Goals: 0: 1 and 0: 2 İlkay Gündoğan (51., 57.), 0: 3 Timo Werner (71.)

How was the game?

Zääääh. In the first half, the German team earned no chance to score, and even after the break, there were little more. In the penalty area Kai Havertz, Luca Waldschmidt, Julian Brandt and Marco Reus almost did not combine. The two Leipzig defenders Lukas Klostermann and Marcel Halstenberg, celebrated by RTL before the game in all seriousness as "successor of the 70s wing tongs Libuda and Grabowski" were not much help. The most dangerous was Germany in Tallinn by free kicks (Reus at the post) and long shots. The Estonians, the weakest team in the European Championship qualifying group, did not get much. And so the spectators witnessed an international match that might not have happened on the day of the amateurs.

Who was the player of the game?

İlkay Gündoğan, the ball-strongest kicker in the field, who encircled the Estonians. He always tried to serve the strikers. When he did not succeed, he just shot himself. Twice, twice, and alea iacta est. Both shots were deflected, one by a counterpart, the other by a teammate. That somehow suited the technically poor level of the game. And the last goal by substitute Werner ushered in Gundoğan with a long pass. He does not have a regular place at Löw, which he recently criticized politely in an interview with the Süddeutsche Zeitung . Maybe it looks better for him after this game in the future.

Which scene was symptomatic of the kick?

The dismissal for Emre Can, which a concatenation of uncleanliness of the German defense sprang. Halstenberg did not bring the ball once again to the teammates, but rather Niklas Süle in distress, which in turn fit a bit too tight on Can. Can was already wrong and on top of that hit the wrong decision and with a wild steal the opponent. Emergency brake and red card in the 14th minute. The underdog was of course a handicap for Jogi Löw's team, but against the 102nd in the world rankings, more could have been in it. Just like last Wednesday against mediocre Argentinians.

What was the excitement of the day?

Politics. Gündoğan has done it again, he has supported Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. So at least you could interpret his push on social media. Like Can, he recently lied on Instagram of a photo of Turkish international Cenk Tosun. Then Tosun, born and raised in Wetzlar, Hesse, celebrated a goal with his teammates from the national team by greeting them militarily with their hands on their foreheads. The Turkish Federation said this gesture was dedicated to the soldiers of Turkey, who are currently attacking the Kurdish militia YPG in northern Syria on Erdoğan's orders, which is criticized by large parts of the global public.

Later took Can - who in the previous year in contrast to Gündoğan, Tosun and Mesut Özil had waived a photo with Erdoğan - and Gündoğan the Like back. They said that they had not meant him politically at all, but merely as support for their buddy Tosun. "I'm an absolute pacifist and against any kind of war," Can told the Bild newspaper before the match. "I want peace," he added after the final whistle. And Gündoğan wrote on his channel: "Believe me, after last year, the last thing I wanted to do was to make a political statement." Can and he had been picked out to construct a story, he criticized the media after the game. What they think of Tosun's gesture, or even Erdoğan's "Operation Peace Spring", the two players did not say.

Fortuna Dusseldorf is also involved. The club said on Sunday that its two players Kaan Ayhan and Kenan Karaman, who also saluted in the photo, had just wanted to express their "solidarity for soldiers and their relatives." Nonetheless, Uefa is considering investigating the Turkish Federation for inadmissible political messages. The DFB did not comment.

What does the victory mean for the German European Championship qualification?

She is almost done. Two more games are scheduled against Belarus and Northern Ireland on 16 and 19 November, in Mönchengladbach and Frankfurt. Most likely, the German team is a victory, maybe not even necessary. The first five nations are already qualified for the tournament next year: Belgium, Italy, Poland, Russia and the Nations League winner Portugal.

Source: zeit

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