LIVE: Romania vs Germany

LIVE: Romania vs Germany

Germany

16′ Havertz could easily have shot from a tight angle there, but he selflessly squared it to Gnabry to set his teammate up for a simple finish.

Germany

16′ GNABRY! 1-0! Rudiger picks out Havertz with a long pass over the top and the attacker races into the box, before sliding it past the goalkeeper and into the path of Gnabry who taps it in from close range!

Ovidiu Popescu

Yellow Card

Romania

16′ Popescu hauls Sane over just as Germany were breaking through the Romanian midfield.   

15′ After a nervy start, Romania have settled into the game and they’re beginning to look dangerous on the break.

13′ Huge chance for Mihaila! Chiriches picks out Mihaila with a pinpoint diagonal pass over the defence and the attacker is clean through! Mihaila elects to hit the bouncing ball first time from 12 yards, but it skews narrowly wide of the near post!

11′ Chance for Havertz! Havertz breaks the offside trap and gets through on goal at an angle, but Nita rushes out to block the attacker’s effort from eight yards!

9′ Mihaila chips it across to Keseru who scuffs a volley well wide from 20 yards.   

7′ Chiriches anticipates the run of Can and gets to the ball first before shielding it behind for a goal kick.   

5′ Can attempts to bend a shot into the far corner from 20 yards but it drifts harmlessly over the bar.

3′ Germany sweep forward as Kimmich feeds Havertz out wide, but the attacker’s cross is blocked and Romania clear.

1′ Germany get the first half underway.

The players are emerging from the tunnel and kick off is just seconds away!

Romania will pose a challenge to Germany today – they’ve won three of their last four games, scoring at least three goals in each victory.

Germany are unchanged after beating Iceland 3-0.

Romania make four changes to the side that beat North Macedonia 3-2 last time out: Burca and Bancu drop out of defence for Tosca and Camora, while Man and Florinel Coman make way for Hagi and Mihaila.

SUBS: Jamal Musiala, Florian Wirtz, Florian Neuhaus, Bernd Leno, Jonathan Tah, Timo Werner, Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Amin Younes, Philipp Max.

GERMANY (4-3-3): Manuel Neuer; Lukas Klostermann, Mattias Ginter, Antonio Rudiger, Emre Can; Leon Goretzka, Joshua Kimmich, Ilkay Gundogan; Kai Havertz, Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane.

SUBS: Dennis Man, David Lazar, Andrei Burca, Alexandru Cretu, Alexandru Cicaldau, Vasile Mogos, George Puscas, Eric Bicfalvi, Alexandru Maxim, Ionut Nedelcearu, Nicusor Bancu, Ionut Radu.

ROMANIA (4-2-3-1): Florin Nita; Ovidiu Popescu, Vlad Chiriches, Alin Tosca, Camora; Razvan Marin; Ianis Hagi, Florin Tanase, Valentin Mihaila; Claudiu Keseru.

Both sides kicked off their qualifying campaign with a promising win last time out, and they’ll be looking for similar success in their second group match.

Hello and welcome to live commentary of this European World Cup Qualifying Group J fixture between Romania and Germany.

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