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Germany, first classified for Qatar-2022, Holland and Russia approach

Germany, first classified for Qatar-2022, Holland and Russia approach

Germany became the first team to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar (excluding the hosts), after beating North Macedonia 4-0 and also thanks to the defeat of Armenia in Romania.

Much tighter is the fight in other groups, such as the G, where the Netherlands and Norway could risk it all in a final on November 16, and in the H, where Russia takes advantage after winning in Slovenia 2-1 and the setback Croatia against Slovakia (2-2).

The goals of Kei Havertz (50), Timo Werner twice (70, 73), and the young Jamal Musiala (84) leave Hansi Flick’s ‘Mannschaft’ with 21 points in group J, for Romania’s 13 and the 12 of North Macedonia and Armenia, which will no longer be able to reach it in the absence of two dates.

This classification of Germany – the 18th in a row since 1954 to the finals of a World Cup – in an affordable group, is not a surprise.

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In the last edition, the ‘Mannschaft’ had obtained the ticket to Russia-2018 after having won its ten games … to later be eliminated in the group stage at the World Cup.

So important is the new enthusiasm that has instilled in the Hansi Flick team since he succeeded Joachim Löw after the European Championship.

In group G, leader Holland beat Gibraltar 6-0, but the key is not decided, as Norway also beat Montenegro, 2-0.

Against a lower level rival, the ‘Oranje’ had no problems to beat Gibraltar and already left the game sentenced to rest after the goals of Virgil Van Dick (9) and the double of Memphis Depay, the second from a penalty (21, 45 + 3).

In the second period, Denzel Dumfries (48), Arnaut Groeneveld (75) and Donyell Malen (86) rounded off the win.

At the same time in Oslo, Norway suffered to defeat Montenegro, but did so with a double from Mohamed Elyounoussi (29 and 90 + 6).

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With these results, Holland adds 19 points, by the 17 of Norway.

Both teams could decide the first place of the key, the only one that gives direct access to the World Cup, in a final that will be played in the Netherlands on the last day, on November 16.

Although before, on November 13, Norway must keep up the pressure by defeating Latvia at home and the Netherlands must not fail in their visit to Montenegro.

Turkey came back at the last moment to Latvia (2-1) and with 15 points they have some hope.

It has also taken a step closer to the classification Russia, which won 2-1 in Slovenia, and Croatia, current world runners-up, did not go from a draw to two goals at home against Slovakia, and thanks to a goal from Luka Modric in the final section (70).

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With two dates to go, the Russians lead the Croats by two points, but the Balkans will host Russia on the last group date, November 16.

In the other group played this Tuesday, the Czech Republic and Wales fulfilled by beating Belarus (2-0) and Estonia (1-0) and added 11 points, although both will have to fight for the second place that gives an option to the play-off since Except for catastrophe, the direct ticket will be for Belgium (16 units).

– Results of the 8th day of the European qualifiers for the World-2022

. GROUP E

Belarus 0-2 Czech Republic

Estonia 0-1 Wales

. GROUP G

Latvia 1-2 Turkey

Netherlands 6-0

Norway 2-0 Montenegro

. GROUP H

Cyprus 2-2 Malta

Croatia 2 – 2 Slovakia

Slovenia 1-2 Russia

. GROUP J

Romania 1-0 Armenia

North Macedonia 0-4 Germany

Iceland 4-0 Liechtenstein. AFP (HN)

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