Germany and England started the qualifying series for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar without any problems on Thursday. The Germans won 3-0 against Iceland, while the English were 5-0 too strong for San Marino.
The eleven basic players of Germany showed themselves just before kick-off with a special shirt against Qatar, drawing attention to the human rights situation in the country that is organizing the World Cup next year.
From the first whistle, Germany was the boss against Iceland. After Joshua Kimmich’s bow ball, Serge Gnabry put the ball back on Leon Goretzka in the third minute. The Bayern Munich midfielder shot the 1-0 on the board early on.
In the seventh minute it became 2-0. Leroy Sané found Kai Havertz and the Chelsea player poked the ball with a hard shot into the far corner. Ilkay Gündogan scored 3-0 from outside the penalty area in the second half.
In the group of Germany (group J) there were also victories for Romania and Armenia. Romania, the group member of Orange at the upcoming European Championship, gave North Macedonia a 2-0 lead in the final phase, but still won by a goal from Ianis Hagi: 3-2. Armenia defeated Liechtenstein by an own goal by Noah Frommelt 0-1.
Germany’s statement against Qatar.
England also has competition in the bag quickly
Just like Germany, England also had a pleasant start to the qualifying series. The team of national coach Gareth Southgate logically had no trouble with San Marino: 5-0.
Raheem Sterling, Jesse Lingard and John Stones had not yet focused on their sights in the opening phase. James Ward-Prowse had that in the fourteenth minute by shooting the ball against the ropes.
Thanks to goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Sterling, England already took a 3-0 lead after half an hour of play. After the break, Calvert-Lewin also made it 4-0 with his second of the evening. Debutant Ollie Watkins made it 5-0 in the final phase.
In the group of England (group I), Albania also recorded a victory by beating Andorra with 0-1 (goal Ermir Lenjani). Hungary-Poland finished 3-3. The home team came 2-0 through Roland Sallai and Ádám Szalai. Substitutes Krzysztof Piatek and Kamil Jóźwiak brought Poland alongside again. Willi Orban seemed to give Hungary the win after all, but Robert Lewandowski decided otherwise.
James Ward-Prowse signed for the 1-0 on behalf of England.
View the results, the standings and the program in the World Cup qualification
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