5 September 2017 – U21 National Team was defeated tightly by Germany with 1: 0 in the match played in Osnabruck within the 5th Group of Qualifiers for EURO 2019. Our boys had a great appearance, especially in the technical-tactical aspect showing equal rivals to a world football superpower such as Germany. However, a small carelessness in the 45th minute cost to Rafet Prekazi’s boys when Maximilian Eggestein scored with a strike from the 16-meter line. A great part of the fans present at the stadium were our compatriots living in Germany who constantly supported our boys and finally applauded for the performance shown in this match. Germans, who had five European champions in their team dominated the match in terms of ballpossession but faced a highly organized defense of our national team. After this defeat, Kosovo remains in the 6-point quota and takes the second place in the group, while Ireland also leads with 6 points but with two games played. Meanwhile, this was the first match for Germany in these qualifications.
Declared after the match
Rafet Prekazi: We played an excellent game in tactical terms against a football superpower. I congratulate the boys who gave their maximum to this challenge when we know that we played another very strong match just four days ago. Obviously, we would like to have a positive result as well but a small moment of distraction in our defense Germans used it to the maximum.Our goal is to grow up as a team, because we are in our beginnings and we are doing this successfully. Tonight we proved that we are not a morsel even to a superpower such as Germany. On behalf of the team I thank all my compatriots for their support.
Ardian Ismajli: We had a very good appearance, but luck was not on our side, because we suffered a goal in the last minute of the first half. However, I believe that with these players, with this quality that we have and with this martial spirit we will have positive results in future matches, just as we had with Norway.
Kamer Krasniqi: First of all I thank all Albanians who were in the stadium because they gave us great support. We fought and left our soul in the field. We proved that we are a martial nation, but unfortunately we suffered goal because we were not careful in defense. However, we should be proud for the game we played because Germany is a very good team. We played very well in defense but we still have to improve the attack.
Waldemar Anton, German footballer: Kosovo played very well and has been very organized in defense. Also, you were dangerous on counterattacks and we were not calm at all. We repeatedly sought the second goal, but we did not manage to break your defense. I congratulate you for the game shown and wish you success in the upcoming matches.