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World Cup qualifiers round up: Thomas Muller saves Germany, Netherlands edge past Latvia

Ianis Hagi puts Romania on course for a major shock. Still, Thomas Muller saves Germany. The Netherlands beat Latvia to keep themselves ahead in a tightly contest World Cup qualification group.

Substitute Thomas Muller scored an 81st-minute winner to complete Germany’s 2-1 comeback win. This win is over visitors to Romania in their 2022 World Cup qualifier on Friday night.

Ianis Hagi celebrates during the World Cup 2022 group J qualifying soccer match between Germany and Romania in Hamburg, Germany, Friday, Oct. 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

About Germany Match:

The Germans have now won all four matches under new coach Hansi Flick. Germany took a lead in the standings in Group J with 18 points from seven matches. They are six ahead of North Macedonia and Armenia.

They have conceded just one goal in their last four matches. It could now seal its spot with a win over North Macedonia next week.

The hosts had the upper hand. Still, it was the visitors who struck first with Ianis Hagi taking on two defenders. They are slipping the ball through the legs of Antonio Ruediger and then drilling in for the lead in the ninth minute.

Germany had possession and full control of the match. Although, they were spending most of the first 45 minutes in the Romanian half. Still, they lacked a clinical finish, with Serge Gnabry and Leon Goretzka going close.

Gnabry did find the deserved equalizer in the 52nd minute. He had fired in a low shot from the edge of the box for his 20th goal in his 30th international appearance.

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Flick had pledged a high-intensity performance from his team. Also, they have kept combining well. Also, they are attacking as Romania, defending with five players, gradually grew tired and dropped back deeper into their half.

After Gnabry and Kai Havertz came close and they were playing with more than 70 percent possession throughout the game. They have got the winner when Muller had come on midway through the second half, tapped in at the far post after Goretzka headed on a corner.

About Netherlands Match:

Davy Klaassen has scored the only goal as the Netherlands beat Latvia 1-0 away in Riga. This is necessary to keep themselves ahead in a tightly contest World Cup, the qualifying group.

Klaassen was unmarked at the back post to tuck away Memphis Depay’s corner after 19 minutes for the only goal of the game, although the Dutch did dominate with almost relentless attacks in the closing 20 minutes and might have won by a larger margin.

Stefan de Vrij and Depay both sent good chances wide in the second half while at the other end of the field, Dutch goalkeeper Justin Bijlow made an important save from a corner in stoppage time to keep his side’s full haul of points intact.

The Netherlands advanced to 16 points in Group G, two ahead of Norway and four in front of third-placed Turkey after those two countries drew 1-1 in Istanbul at the same time.

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It was the third win in four games for the Dutch since Louis van Gaal returned as coach and they are expected to move closer to World Cup qualification when they host Gibraltar in Rotterdam on Tuesday.

Croatia stayed on course to qualify automatically for the 2022 World Cup after goals from Ivan Perisic, Josko Gvardiol and Marko Livaja helped the 2018 runners-up to a 3-0 win at Cyprus in their Group H qualifier.

The result kept Croatia top on 16 points from seven games, ahead of Russia on goal difference after the Russians ground out a 1-0 home win over Slovakia. Third-placed Slovenia is six points behind the front-runners after they beat Malta 4-0 away.

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