The German national team has confirmed their good playful form and achieved their second victory in the second game in World Cup qualification group J. The 1-0 win over Romania should have been much higher given the multitude of chances. Serge Gnabry scored the only goal of the evening at the Bucharest National Stadium.
“We could have made it easier for us. In the 90th minute we were lucky that they didn’t equalize. We just have to decide earlier. Then we’ll have a quieter evening,” said midfielder Joshua Kimmich after the final whistle RTL.
Captain Manuel Neuer agreed with his Bayern colleague: “In some situations we lacked the coolness, the cleverness and maybe the last will.” But the goalkeeper also said: “My colleague opposite has held up very well several times.”
Joachim Löw (national coach): “We did a very good job. We had some good conquests of the ball. If you can criticize something, it’s the conversion of chances. The three points are important and we can build on them.”
Serge Gnabry (Germany goalscorer): “A step backwards compared to Iceland? Absolutely not. We played good football, created a lot of chances. Sure, they have to go in, but we did well today.”
Romania – Germany: The votes for the game
The DFB team will conclude the first international break in 2021 on Wednesday in Duisburg against North Macedonia. Kick-off: 8.45 p.m.
Against the Romanians, Löw built on the same team that had confidently defeated Iceland 3-0 (2-0) on Thursday. However, the back four with the provisional left-back Can got much more pressure this time, the home side tried to play instead of entrenching themselves deep in their own half like the Icelanders.
After a few minutes of scanning, the German team put their game on their opponent, presented themselves very ball-safe in the center and came across the outer lanes, especially on the right, to good goal area scenes again and again.
The first big chance had Havertz, who was called up again in the right attacking midfield, who failed after a pass from Gnabry in a one-on-one with Romania keeper Nita (9th). Eight minutes later, however, Nita was powerless when Havertz, who was served with a perfectly timed flying ball from Rüdiger, skillfully placed the play equipment in the middle, where Gnabry was lurking and only had to dust off.
The leadership gave the Löw-Elf self-confidence, but despite all the playful dominance they quickly failed to say for clearer conditions. A deflected crossbar hit by Kimmich shortly after the 1-0 was the last good opportunity before the break. Striking: The eight (Gündogan, Goretzka) had few successful actions in the game forward, even Sane did not achieve anything compelling on his often orphaned left side.
Gates: 0: 1 Gnabry (16.)
Romania – Germany: the lineups
The hosts’ 34-year-old left-back had Havertz freshened up a few times in the first half. The German goal also fell over his side. The Romanian national coach had no choice but to replace Camora at half time.
Had no problems in the fair game (only one yellow card for the Romanian Popescu).