World Cup 2022 qualifiers:

Germany maintained their perfect start in the 2022 World Cup qualifying after an early Serge Gnabry goal gave them a 1-0 win over Romania in Group J on Sunday in Bucharest.

Iran PressEurope: Manager Joachim Low named an unchanged XI from the side that dispatched Iceland 3-0 last week.

The visitors started the game on the front foot and Emre Can fashion the first chance of the game inside the opening five minutes. The Dortmund man, however, blazed his effort over the bar.

Both sides went close soon after, with Kai Havertz and Valentin Mihaila both nearly finding the back of the net.

Germany broke the deadlock in the 17th minute. A quick break saw Havertz race behind the Romania defense and he showed great awareness to cut the ball back for Gnabry to tap into the net.

Joshua Kimmich saw his thunderous effort from distance hit the crossbar two minutes later and Gnabry's shot from the rebound was well-saved by Florin Nita.

Germany continued to dominate proceedings for the rest of the first half but could not add a second goal before the break.

The second half continued in the same fashion but an inspired Nita in the Romania goal thwarted all the efforts that came his way.

Timo Werner was introduced for Chelsea teammate Kai Havertz in the 77th minute and he had two good chances to score late in the game but failed to take either.

The in-form Nicolae Stanciu had a great chance to level the scores in injury time but he dragged his shot wide when placed one-on-one with Manuel Neuer. The 27-year-old should unarguably have done better.

The result left the Germans top of the group on six points from two games ahead of Armenia on goal difference before their next match at home to North Macedonia on Wednesday.


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