Despite an early red card to Emre Can, Germany eased past Estonia on Sunday to a 3-0 win in a Euro 2020 qualifying game to move a step closer to a confirmed place in the tournament scheduled to be held in summer 2020. With a win against Estonia on Sunday, Germany find themselves at the second position in the points table in Group C with 15 points from 6 matches.
Notably, it was the same German team which had pummeled Estonia 8-0 at home earlier in the year but were off to a poor start as their midfielder Can was straight away shown a red card in the 14th minute of the match for a reckless studs up challenge.
Although Estonia had Germany under control for a significant part of the first half, they could not manage to convert that into a goal. Germany also came close on a few occasions in the first half but could not capitalise. Marco Reus hit the post instead of finding the net.
Germany looked far stronger in the latter half and Ilkay Gundogan scored the opening goal of the match in the 51st minute of the match. Gundogan soon after helped Germany double their advantage in the 57th minute.
Substitute Timo Werner netted the third goal for Germany and ended Estonia’s hopes of making a comeback in the match.
“The decisive factor was that we increased the tempo in the second half and kept calm, Germany coach Loews told reporters.
“I’m happy we got the job done. It was tough out there but we did well in the second half,” he added.
“We were down to 10 men after 15 minutes, which makes everything more difficult as you have to reset. It was always going to be a matter of time before we took our chances and the goals arrived,” captain Manuel Neuer stated after the match.
Estonia with 1 point from 7 matches are at the bottom of the points table in Group C of the Euro 2020 Qualifiers.