SKOPJE, North Macedonia (NV) – Beating North Macedonia 4-0 in the match in Skopje, on Monday, October 11, the German team became the first country to reach the final round of the 2022 World Cup, according to CNN.
Thus, besides Qatar as the host country, Germany is the second country to occupy a place at the final round of the largest sports tournament in the world.
The visitors’ attacking midfielder Kai Havertz scored the first goal in the 50th minute, followed by two goals from Timo Werner, in the 70th and 73rd minutes, and Jamal Musiala ended the game with an easy 83rd minute goal against the team. The landlord in March once gave Germany a taste of failure.
This result, together with the result of Romania’s 1-0 victory over Armenia, brought the four-time world champion team to the 20th final round.
The only team to beat Germany in the number of World Cup finals is Brazil, 21 times.
“Qualifying is a blessing. And now we are aiming to win the World Cup again next year,” said midfielder Havertz, currently playing for Chelsea club (England).
Monday’s win was Germany’s seventh win in this year’s World Cup qualifiers, and its only win over North Macedonia since the start of the year.
Germany’s fourth goal was the 18-year-old’s first for the national team.
Havertz’s and Werner’s goals were all marked by clever passes from 32-year-old Thomas Muller.
“We have to overcome ourselves,” commented midfielder Leon Goretzka. “We need to keep moving forward in line with what we used to do. If football is a tree, then we are the top. With the guidance of coach Hansi Flick, we have chosen the right path for us to be able to do that.”
After winning the World Cup for the fourth time in 2014, the German team’s performance dropped significantly, could not qualify for the group stage and was eliminated early in the 2018 World Cup. (KV) [đ.d.]
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