The German national team will travel to the European Championship 2016 in France. With the 2-1 victory against Georgia, the team of national coach Joachim (called “Jogi”) Löw secured the group victory and thus the direct qualification for the tournament next summer in France. However, the German team again struggled more than necessary yesterday in Leipzig.
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2-1 Against Georgia
After the weak performance against Ireland last Thursday (0-1), the Germans wanted to show this time at home in Leipzig that they can still play soccer like a world champion and show similar dominance as last summer at the World Cup in Brazil. And the first half also showed an oppressively superior German team, which had only one problem: They do not make the goals. Chance after chance was missed and some fans got really angry when they saw how Reuss, Müller, and Schürrle wasted one scoring chance after the other. So it went then also with 0-0 into the break. After the break, everything should be better and already after 4 minutes Germany had a penalty after a foul on Özil and Thomas Müller made the 1-0. But instead of continuing with vigor and self-confidence, the Mannschaft of Jögi Löw lost the thread and now suddenly only Georgia played. The result was 1-1 after a great goal by Kankava in the 53rd minute. And the German team did not manage to get back into the game. Only the substitution of Schürrle against Max Kruse in the 76th minute brought more impetus in front again and so Kruse redeemed the fans with his goal to 2-1 in the 79th minute.
Germany Travels To The European Championship As Group Winner
Germany thus won the group and qualified for the European Championship in France in the summer of 2016 with 22 points, ahead of Poland (21 points) and Ireland (18 points). In order to win the title of European champion in France next year, the German team will have to improve a lot and Jögi Löw may have to think about new personnel, such as Alex Maier from Eintracht Frankfurt.
Explanation Of The Difficult Words
A European Championship (EM) is a tournament in which the best teams in Europe compete against each other. At a European Championship 24 teams play. A European Championship takes place every 4 years.