After two wins to the start of the vice European champion loses his third game with 2: 3 against Belgium – top of the table gone! The lead in third place (Bosnia-Herzegovina), which does not qualify for participation in the final tournament 2021 in Slovenia and Hungary, has melted to two points.
The game in the sold-out Freiburg Stadium is a single German bug-festival! Although the U21 fights to the end, but makes countless technical weaknesses that exploit the Belgians ice cold.
26th minute: After a bad pass from Hack Vanheusden is sent tunnels from an acute angle goalkeeper Schubert – the 1: 0 for Belgium.
43 minutes: After Schlotterbeck's standard punch-compensation (38 '), Bataille flicks from the right. Although three German defenders are in the penalty area, Openda hits the ball unhindered, pushing him into the left corner. 2: 1 for Belgium!
70th minute: After his own corner, Janelt can stop the Belgian counterattack, but stumbles the back pass. Openda makes it 3: 1.
Three defense mistakes, three goals!
After all: Germany comes through a knee goal of the substitute Ache still to the connecting goal (81). But this hit looks more like a coincidence …
Otherwise, the U21 hardly creates chances – and is lucky that the bankruptcy is not even higher. Amuzu slams a long-range shot to the post, after the rebound afforded Schlotterbeck a foul in the penalty area. Vanheusden only hits the left outer post in the penalty spot (32 ').
One thing is clear: with five qualifying games still to come, two points clear of third place is no reason to panic. But with such a performance it will be very close at the European Championships (in June 2021) against the top teams.