Bierhoff hopes ‘power football’ by Germany can boost home crowds


BERLIN: Oliver Bierhoff says Germany want to brush aside minnows Belarus with a display of “power football” in their bid to wrap up Euro 2020 qualification on Saturday and also boost flagging ticket sales.

Germany host Belarus in Moenchengladbach on Saturday when main Group C rivals the Netherlands also play a tricky away tie in Belfast against Northern Ireland, who the Germans host in Frankfurt in next Tuesday’s final qualifier.

The Germans and Dutch are level on 15 points with the top two teams going through, so Germany can wrap up Euro 2020 qualification on Saturday for next June’s finals against Belarus by bettering third-placed Northern Ireland’s result against Holland.

However, home fans are unenthusiastic about seeing die Mannschaft live with around a third of tickets for the games against Belarus and Northern Ireland still available.

Only 30,000 of the 46,000 tickets in Moenchengladbach, each costing between 80 ($88) and 25 euros, and 37,000 of the 48,500 in Frankfurt, have been sold. – AFP

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