Sadly that was not the tip for O’Neill. Goretzka received his second; then, after Loew tried to spare additional humiliation by substituting Gnabry, Julian Brandt hammered a sixth in damage time, to make this Northern Eire’s worst ever aggressive defeat.
“The first thing we’ll take from that is that we’ll not play Germany in the play-off,” O’Neill smiled wearily. Frankly it was the one optimistic out there to him.
Germany: Ter Stegen (Barcelona); Klostermann (RB Leipzig), Tah (Bayer Leverkusen), Goretzka (Bayern Munich), Hector (FC Koln); Can (Juventus), Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Gundogan (Man Metropolis); Brandt (Borussia Dortmund) Gnabry (Bayern Munich) Kroos (Actual Madrid)
Subs: Neuer (gk) (Bayern Munich), Leno (gk) (Arsenal), Koch (SC Freiburg), Ginter (Borussia Monchengladbach), Werner (RB Leipzig), Amiri (Bayer Leverkusen) on for Gnabry 81, Schulz (Borussia Dortmund), Serdar (Schalke 04) on for Goretzka 73, Rudy (1899 Hoffenheim), Stark (Hertha BSC) on for Klostermann 65
Northern Eire: Peacock-Farrell (Burnley); Smith (Hearts), Cathcart (Watford), Flanagan (Sunderland), Ferguson (Millwall); C Evans (Blackburn), S Davis (Rangers); Thompson (Blackpool), McNair (Middlesbrough), Saville (Middlesbrough); Magennis (Hull)
Subs: McGovern (gk) (Norwich), Carson (gk) (Motherwell), C McLaughlin (Sunderland) on for Evans 65, Brown (Cardiff), McGinn (Aberdeen), Boyce (Burton) on for McNair 77, Lafferty (Sapsborg), Donnelly (Motherwell), Kennedy (St Johnstone), Lavery (Linfield) on for Magennis 83