World Cup Qualifying - European - Group J
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Germany, Italy & Sweden win; defective goal delays Switzerland game

Serge Gnabry
Since World Cup 2018, Serge Gnabry has been involved in 18 goals in 17 appearances for Germany - eight more than any other current Germany player

Serge Gnabry's 16th-minute strike earned Germany victory in Romania as Joachim Low's side secured their second successive win in World Cup qualifying Group J.

The Bayern Munich attacker swept home a square ball from Chelsea midfielder Kai Havertz, who shone in Bucharest.

Gnabry also had a shot saved superbly by Florin Nita, who then stayed alert to deny Chelsea's Timo Werner.

Manuel Neuer bravely blocked an effort from Nicolae Stanciu late in the game.

The win in Bucharest means Germany sit at the top of the group on six points, above Armenia on goal difference. Next up for Low's side is a match at home to North Macedonia on Wednesday.

Italy lead Group C on goal difference from Switzerland following a 2-0 win in Bulgaria, as Roberto Mancini's men extended their unbeaten run to 24 matches.

Torino captain Andrea Belotti, who started up front alongside Juventus forward Federico Chiesa, scored from the spot just before half-time after he was fouled in the area by Daniel Dimov.

Manuel Locatelli curled in the second in the 82nd minute to all but ensure victory.

Replacement goals at St Gallen's stadium
Goal rush: officials bring out replacement goals after finding one set on the pitch did not meet the right standards

Switzerland defeated Lithuania 1-0, but kick-off was delayed by 15 minutes because one of the goals was too big at St Gallen's Kybunpark Stadium.

Reports suggested the goalposts were too high on one side when inspected before the game by match officials. A police officer helped staff remove the goal, which was eventually replaced by a spare set.

The drama did not affect Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri, who scored what was to prove the winner after only two minutes.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic produced an excellent backheel flick to set up Sweden's opener in their 3-0 win in Kosovo.

The 39-year-old, who returned to international football last week, provided the assist for Ludwig Augustinsson's opener in the 12th minute.

Alexander Isak and former Sunderland midfielder Seb Larsson, from the spot, scored the other goals for Janne Andersson's side.

The Swedes lead Group B on six points - two clear of 2010 champions Spain, who earlier beat Georgia 2-1.

Line-ups

Romania

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Nita
  • 4PopescuBooked at 16mins
  • 6Chiriches
  • 3Tosca
  • 22Malino PaulinoSubstituted forAndonie Burcaat 45'minutes
  • 7Stanciu
  • 18Marin
  • 14HagiSubstituted forMaximat 83'minutes
  • 19TanaseSubstituted forCicaldauat 83'minutes
  • 21MihailaSubstituted forManat 66'minutes
  • 13KeseruSubstituted forPuscasat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Mogos
  • 5Nedelcearu
  • 8Cicaldau
  • 9Puscas
  • 10Maxim
  • 11Bancu
  • 12Lazar
  • 15Andonie Burca
  • 16Radu
  • 17Bicfalvi
  • 20Man
  • 23Cretu

Germany

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Neuer
  • 13Klostermann
  • 4Ginter
  • 16Rüdiger
  • 23Can
  • 18Goretzka
  • 6KimmichBooked at 90mins
  • 21Gündogan
  • 10HavertzSubstituted forWernerat 77'minutes
  • 20GnabrySubstituted forNeuhausat 90+2'minutes
  • 19SanéSubstituted forYounesat 90+4'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Max
  • 5Tah
  • 8Musiala
  • 9Werner
  • 11Younes
  • 12Leno
  • 14Neuhaus
  • 17Wirtz
  • 22ter Stegen
Referee:
Clément Turpin

Match Stats

Home TeamRomaniaAway TeamGermany
Possession
Home34%
Away66%
Shots
Home9
Away18
Shots on Target
Home2
Away9
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Romania 0, Germany 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Romania 0, Germany 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Leon Goretzka (Germany).

  4. Post update

    Razvan Marin (Romania) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Germany. Amin Younes replaces Leroy Sané.

  6. Booking

    Joshua Kimmich (Germany) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

    Timo Werner (Germany) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Razvan Marin (Romania).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Germany. Florian Neuhaus replaces Serge Gnabry.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nicolae Claudiu Stanciu (Romania) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alexandru Maxim (Romania) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Razvan Marin.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. George Puscas (Romania) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alexandru Cicaldau.

  13. Post update

    Joshua Kimmich (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by George Puscas (Romania).

  15. Post update

    Offside, Germany. Joshua Kimmich tries a through ball, but Serge Gnabry is caught offside.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Romania. Alexandru Maxim replaces Ianis Hagi.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Romania. Alexandru Cicaldau replaces Florin Tanase.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Romania. Conceded by Antonio Rüdiger.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Antonio Rüdiger (Germany).

  20. Post update

    George Puscas (Romania) wins a free kick on the right wing.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Serbia21105414
2Portugal21103214
3Luxembourg11001013
4Azerbaijan100101-10
5R. of Ireland200224-20

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sweden22004046
2Spain21103214
3Greece10101101
4Georgia200213-20
5Kosovo100103-30

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy22004046
2Switzerland22004136
3Lithuania100101-10
4Northern Ireland100102-20
5Bulgaria200215-40

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France21103124
2Finland20203302
3Ukraine20202202
4Bos-Herze10102201
5Kazakhstan100102-20

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Czech Rep21107344
2Belgium21104224
3Belarus11004223
4Wales100113-20
5Estonia2002410-60

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Denmark2200100106
2Austria21105324
3Scotland20203302
4Faroe Islands201124-21
5Israel201113-21
6Moldova201119-81

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Turkey22007256
2Montenegro22006246
3Netherlands21014403
4Norway21013303
5Latvia200214-30
6Gibraltar200217-60

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Football Union of Russia22005236
2Slovenia21012203
3Croatia21011103
4Slovakia20202202
5Cyprus201101-11
6Malta201135-21

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England22007076
2Poland21106334
3Hungary21106334
4Albania210112-13
5Andorra200204-40
6San Marino200208-80

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany22004046
2Armenia22003036
3North Macedonia21017343
4Romania21013303
5Iceland200205-50
6Liechtenstein200206-60
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