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Germany qualifies for World Cup; Russia, Croatia clinch playoffs

As Germany grew to become the primary nation to qualify for the 2022 World Cup, its former under-21 crew coach was crying tears of pleasure after his first win accountable for Turkey.

Stefan Kuntz was unable to maintain his feelings in verify after Burak Yilmaz’s penalty within the ninth minute of harm time earned Turkey a dramatic 2-1 win in Latvia to maintain its qualification hopes alive.

Germany booked its place on Monday with an error-strewn 4-0 win in North Macedonia. The targets all got here within the second half as the house crew drained, and the win went some strategy to atoning for Germany’s shock 2-1 loss to North Macedonia in Duisburg in March.

That was the one blip in an in any other case good qualifying marketing campaign with seven wins from eight video games in Europe Group J.

In Rotterdam, Memphis Depay scored twice, had two assists and missed a penalty because the Netherlands overpowered Gibraltar 6-0 to stay on the right track for qualification, two factors forward of Norway and 4 factors forward of Turkey in Group G.

Croatia and Russia are assured of at the very least a playoff place after their respective leads to Group H.

Czech Republic’s Tomas Soucek, centre, in motion in the course of the World Cup 2022 group E qualifying match between Belarus and Czech Republic at Centralniy Stadium in Kazan, Russia, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. (AP Picture/Roman Kruchinin)


Belgium, which was concerned within the Nations League on the weekend, would have certified if Wales hadn’t overwhelmed Estonia. However Kieffer Moore’s early purpose for Wales was sufficient for a 1-0 win in Tallinn.

Wales stayed stage on factors with the Czech Republic, which defeated Belarus 2-0 away. The Czechs have performed a recreation extra, nevertheless.

Belgium is just about assured of qualification being 5 factors forward. The Belgians subsequent play Estonia on Nov. 13, when Wales hosts Belarus.

Depay put his disappointing membership season at Barcelona behind him with a productive night time for the Netherlands towards one of many world’s soccer minnows. His first purpose towards Gibraltar was his thirteenth of the 12 months for Oranje, breaking the Dutch report of 12 in a calendar 12 months by Patrick Kluivert.

The Netherlands moved to 2 factors forward of Norway, which defeated Montenegro 2-0 with out injured star striker Erling Haaland.

Yilmaz’s late winner in Riga stored Turkey within the chase. Turkey subsequent hosts Gibraltar on Nov. 13, when Norway hosts Latvia and the Netherlands visits Montenegro. The Netherlands performs Norway and Turkey visits Montenegro within the closing spherical of video games.

Croatia midfielder Luka Modric scored from a free kick to salvage a 2-2 draw with Slovakia, and Russia capitalized with a 2-1 win over outdated rival Slovenia to maneuver prime of the group.

Dropping factors means 2018 World Cup runner-up Croatia is prone to want a win over Russia subsequent month to qualify mechanically for the World Cup.

Slovakia wanted a win to maintain its qualifying hopes alive and might now not qualify.

Additionally, Malta scored within the 98th minute to earn a degree in a 2-2 draw with Cyprus.

Germany booked its place at subsequent 12 months’s event in Qatar regardless of a troublesome recreation towards the a rival that pushed it hardest in qualifying.

Kai Havertz broke the impasse within the fiftieth minute earlier than Chelsea clubmate Timo Werner’s quickfire double sealed the consequence. Jamal Musiala bought the fourth purpose for Hansi Flick’s crew within the 83rd, arrange by fellow substitute Karim Adeyemi.

Germany stretched its lead within the group to an unassailable eight factors with two rounds of video games remaining. Flick has overseen 5 wins since he took over from Joachim Regulation after the summer season’s European Championship.

Ionut Mitria’s Twenty sixth-minute purpose was sufficient for Romania to beat Armenia 1-0 in Bucharest.

Iceland defeated Liechtenstein 4-0 within the different group recreation.

Romania moved to second within the group on 13 factors, one forward of North Macedonia and Armenia on 12. Iceland has eight factors and Liechtenstein one from a draw with Armenia in September.

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