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Germany 1-2 North Macedonia: I’m sorry for Chelsea striker, Timo Werner – Ilkay Gundogan

Germany midfielder, Ilkay Gundogan, has said that he is ‘sorry’ for teammate Timo Werner after the striker’s huge miss in their side’s 2-1 h...


Germany midfielder, Ilkay Gundogan, has said that he is ‘sorry’ for teammate Timo Werner after the striker’s huge miss in their side’s 2-1 home shock defeat against North Macedonia in a World Cup qualifier on Wednesday night.

Goals from Goran Pandev and Eljif Elmas ensured North Macedonia defeated Germany at the MSV-Arena Stadium.

Gundogan scored a penalty in the 63rd minute for Joachim Löw’s side.

Werner had missed a huge opportunity to score in Macedonia’s penalty area after receiving a pass from Gundogan in the second half during the encounter.

Reacting to Werner’s miss after the game, Gundogan showed sympathy towards the 25-year-old forward.

“I’m sorry for Timo,” Gundogan said at his post-match press conference.

“He’s the one who wants to score the most.

“We have no choice but to continue. We all know that such a defeat shouldn’t happen to us.

“That is not our right. It cannot be explained either. But that’s the way it is. We have to accept that.”

The result against North Macedonia means Germany’s 35-game unbeaten run in World Cup qualifying since 2001 when they lost 5-1 against England is now over.