Germany Spares Gibraltar the Humiliation
World Champion Germany wanted more than four.
Four goals slammed and none allowed.
That’s a good result for any manager, but Die Mannschaft's maestro was disgusted with it.
Talk about arrogance! Joachim Low thought a world power such as his should have put more past the Gibraltar goalkeeper.
International Cup competitions offer up mismatches like this. Gibraltar wants the memories of just being included in these events, so they must face the likes of Germany in Euro 2016's qualification stages. The Rock squad, which have lost all three of its previous matches, had just one thing in mind: avoid utter humiliation. With this philosophy, 4-0 seems a pretty fair result.
There have been significantly more rash outcomes.
Thomas Müller bagged a pair, with the World Cup final’s only scorer, Mario Götze, hitting the third. Gibraltar’s Yogan Santos might have been feeling generous helping the Deutschlanders score a fourth from a Podolski cross.
Perhaps still hungover from their World Cup success, the Germans have had a bitter start to their Euro 2016 qualification campaign, picking up just four points from possible nine. Still, they've recovered to sit third in their group, on goal difference.
No worries, really, for Germany regarding qualification, but for the stature it's built winning the World Cup, it's time for the team to start acting like world champions.
The fact they have six Ballon d’Or nominees in their squad is fair comment, though.