Romania 0-1 Germany: Serge Gnabry strikes again to continue his good international form and extend a perfect start to the World Cup qualification for Joachim Low’s team
- Germany eased to victory in Romania to continue their fine qualifying campaign
- Serge Gnabry shot home Germany’s winner as they extended their perfect start
- The Bayern Munich forward has now scored 15 goals in 19 caps
- Germany tops Group J and will try to take another victory over Macedonia
Germany remained on track to qualify for next year’s World Cup with ease after Serge Gnabry scored the lone goal in a 1-0 away win over Romania on Sunday.
Gnabry completed a simple but effective team move in the 16th minute when Antonio Rudiger found Kai Havertz on the right flank with a lobed pass. Havertz played Gnabry behind the Romanian defense for a simple finish.
Germany could easily have scored more. Leroy Sane cut a shot wide from right in front of goal, and Romania goalkeeper Florin Nita had a strong game with impressive saves by Gnabry and Ilkay Gundogan.
Serge Gnabry scored the winning goal when giants Germany beat it twice from twice in Group J.
Gnabry was deeply involved in Germany’s coming to victory over Romania on Sunday
Bayern Munich man Gnabry (second from the right) was harassed by his teammates after scoring
Romania: Nita, Popescu, Chiriches, Tosca, Camora (Burca 46), Stanciu, Marin, Hagi (Maxim 83), Tanase (Cicaldau 83), Mihaila (Man 66), Keseru (Puscas 66)
Subs not used: Mogos, Nedelcearu, Bancu, Lazar, Bicfalvi, Cretu
Manager: Mirel Radoi
Germany: Neuer, Klostermann, Ginter, Rudiger, Can, Goretzka, Kimmich, Gundogan, Havertz (Werner 77), Gnabry, Sane (Younes 90 + 4)
Subs not used: Max, Tah, Musiala, Leno, Neuhaus, Wirtz, ter Stegen
Goals: Gnabry 16
Manager: Joachim Low
Romania showed little attacking intent for most of the match, but Germany’s missed opportunities kept the hosts in the fray and they could have saved a draw late. Substitute George Puscas got into a good position after 87 minutes, but his shot was an easy save for Manuel Neuer. Nicolae Stanciu hit the side net shortly afterwards.
‘The most important for us are the three points. In the end, it does not matter how we got them, ” Gnabry told broadcaster RTL. ‘We had to decide the game much earlier. In the end, we made it difficult for ourselves. ‘
After beating Iceland at home on Thursday, Germany has now defeated both other teams in Group J that have previously played at a World Cup. That continues Germany’s rebuilding after a 6-0 Nations League defeat to Spain in November and a return under coach Joachim Low, whose 15 years will end in the lead after this year’s European Championship.
“If you can criticize something, then maybe convert the odds,” Low told RTL. ‘The most important thing is that we have the three points here and in general you can be satisfied. We can build on that. ‘
Ahead of the game, the German players wore their shirts backwards, with a social media message saying ‘We are for 30’ in what goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said was a reference to the 30 articles in the Universal Declaration of Rights. Human.
Germany was guilty of wasting several other chances when Gnabry put a header wide
Leroy Sané managed to avoid Florin Nita, but could not find the goal from a tight angle
Ilkay Gundogan overcame a tough challenge from Vlad Chiriches with Germany home
Germany wore shirts that read ‘HUMAN RIGHTS’ before conquering Iceland to make a statement about next year’s World Cup in Qatar.
The host nation has been scrutinized about laws and conditions for migrant workers to help build infrastructure for the tournament.
Germany shares the lead of the group with Armenia, which beat Iceland 2-0. Armenia has won its first two games before coming to Romania on Wednesday.
Manuel Neuer drove a simple stop and Romania also found the side mesh in the late drama
Joachim Low’s team got one step closer to qualifying after taking another qualifying win