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Germans get the win despite going man down early on

Ilkay Gundogan, Manchester City
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Estonia hosted the 2014 World Cup winners Germany in a Euro qualifying match which saw the guests take the easy 3-0 in Tallinn.

Fueled by Ilkay Gundogan’s inspiring performance, the Germans extended the lead in front of Northern Ireland to three points as they now have 15 in total.

However, the early signs weren’t that good, especially when Emre Can conceded an unnecessary red card in the 15th minute of the match.

The German midfielder is frustrated with his lack of playing time in Juve, and that’s clearly reflected on the pitch for Elf.

Even though the hosts held on in the first half, Gundogan scored after an assist by Havertz in the 51st minute.

The Manchester City midfielder scored another one just six minutes later, this time assisted by Marco Reus.

Gundogan capped off his excellent performance by setting up Timo Werner who made it 3-0 in a dominant display from a 10-men Germany.

It’s also interesting to note that Manuel Neuer was between the posts, unlike the Argentina match where Ter Stegen had the upper hand.

Joachim Low was asked about Can’s yellow after the match.

“Looking at the situation, you cannot award a yellow, it’s a red card,” the German manager said honestly according to Mirror.

Low also highlighted the added tempo in the second half as the deciding factor:

“Firstly, I’m happy we got the job done. It was tough work out there.

“We had to regroup after the red card, the team did well after the break, we did not concede and scored three goals.

“The decisive factor was that we increased the tempo in the second half and kept calm.

“This week was not easy, with all the injuries and everything. We stayed calm and scored, so we are pleased.”

Germany will play Belarus before facing Northern Ireland in a potential group-decider for the second place.