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Germany qualify for Qatar 2022 as Belgium made to wait

By , People Daily Digital
Wednesday, October 13th, 2021 00:00 | 2 mins read
Germany’s players celebrate after during a Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022 qualification Group J football match Germany v Romania, in Hamburg, northern Germany, on October 8, 2021. Photo/AFP

Paris, Tuesday

A Timo Werner double on Monday helped Germany stamp their ticket for the 2022 World Cup with a 4-0 win over North Macedonia, but Belgium will have to wait until next month after Wales carved out a narrow win in Estonia.

Hansi Flick’s men avenged a shock 2-1 home loss to the Macedonians earlier this year to claim their seventh win in eight qualifiers and take an unassailable eight-point lead at the top of Group J, with two matches remaining.

“We now have five wins from five this season,” Germany coach Hansi Flick told RTL.

“You have to compliment the team on their attitude. Of course, the first half was a bit wild, but we can be happy that we won and qualified.”

- Wales make Belgians wait -

Kieffer Moore’s early goal in Tallinn gave Wales a slender 1-0 win over Estonia which keeps their hopes alive of catching Group E leaders Belgium, who were not in action after their involvement in the Nations League finals.

Wales are five points behind Belgium with two games to play and can still claim top spot and automatic qualification.

The Czech Republic won 2-0 in Belarus to remain in the running for second place in the group. They are level on points with the Welsh but have played one match more.

Wales are all but certain to drop into the playoffs even if they finish below the Czechs, courtesy of winning their 2020-21 Nations League group.

“It was one of those performances we needed to dig in and grind out a result,” said Wales captain Aaron Ramsey.

“It was just important to come here and get the three points. We’ve managed to do that and now we can prepare for the games in November. It’s all in our hands.”

Russia and Croatia guaranteed themselves a top-two finish in Group H but top spot remains open. - AFP

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