Joachim Löw had hoped for this turn in the European Championship qualification. Due to the win against Belarus and the draw of the Netherlands in Northern Ireland, group position 1 is back in the distance duel with Oranje on their own.
The consequences of the European Championship can not yet be estimated. Even as a team in pot 1 in the European Championship draw there could be heavy tournament opponents.
How can Germany defend the first place in the group final?
This time you do not need a slide rule. If the DFB-Elf win against Northern Ireland on Tuesday, the first place in front of Holland is safe. In a German draw, Holland can not win at the same time in Estonia, otherwise the top rank is gone again. If Germany even lose to the British, Oranje could pass by again with a draw against Estonia.
What consequences would this have for the European Championship?
A victory against Northern Ireland would secure Germany a place in pot 1 at the European Championship draw on 30 November in Bucharest. With 21 points, the DFB team would certainly belong to the six best group winners of the qualifying round. Whether that is an advantage for the European Championship, but can not say yet. Even as a group head, there could be early tournament duels against world champion France or Robert Lewandowski's Poland, who could still land in pot 2. EM defending champion Portugal with Cristiano Ronaldo threatens even pot 3. DFB director Oliver Bierhoff already warned that one must not get involved in computer games, but must trust in one's own strength.
How sees Löw's European Championship preparation
Löw travels to Bucharest on November 30 for a group draw. The national team have international break until the end of March. Then there is an endurance test in Madrid against Spain and another international match against a well-known not known opponent. Around the Bundesliga finals on May 16, Löw nominated his temporary EM squad. On May 25th, the training camp will be in Seefeld in Tirol, including a detour to the test in Basel against Switzerland.
At the latest on 2 June at midnight Löw must report his final 23rd squad to the UEFA. At the end of the training camp, there is another test match in Germany. For the 10th or 11th of June the move to the EM-Quartier in Herzogenaurach is planned. The first group match is scheduled for June 16.
Where is the European Championship now being played?
Two group matches are definitely taking place in Munich. Whether the third preliminary round match in the Allianz Arena is played, Löw may also learn on Tuesday evening. If Hungary does not qualify directly for his visit to Wales, the third Munich appearance is fixed. If the Magyars secure second place behind Croatia in their group, they will win on Friday by UEFA, where the then fixed European Championship duel between Germany and Hungary will take place, in Munich or Budapest.
After the group stage there will be for Löw different ways to the title. As a group first it would be about Bucharest and St. Petersburg direction semi-finals and final in London. As a runner-up you would have to go via Dublin and Rome to Wembley. There are two main routes to the group: Bilbao and Baku, or Budapest and Munich as match-places in the quarter-final and quarter-finals. Of the twelve European Championship venues, German appearances are excluded only in Glasgow, Amsterdam and Copenhagen.
How do fans get tickets?
The first sales phase is over. 19.3 million tickets were requested in the summer, according to UEFA, although the fixtures were not fixed. By lottery, the 1.5 million tickets available during this phase were distributed. After the draw, the next sales phase starts on December 1st. Then fans can also apply specifically for games of certain teams. To do this you have to register on the ticket portal of UEFA (www.uefa.com). If still available, orders are possible until the tournament.