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Germany v Iceland Live Commentary, 25/03/2021

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L. Goretzka (3)
K. Havertz (7)
İ. Gündoğan (56)


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Germany are next in action on the road to Romania, while Iceland face Armenia away on the same day.
Germany ease to a 3-0 victory over Iceland to kick off their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign in the perfect manner. Joachim Low's men controlled the game from start to finish. Early goals from Leon Goretzka and Kai Havertz put Die Mannschaft in command before Ilkay Gundogan put the result beyond doubt with a fine finish in the second half. 
90' There will be two minutes of added time.
90' Sigurdsson tries to connect with a volley on his left foot from the right inside channel, but he scuffs it well wide of the target as it travels out for a throw-in on the left flank.
A. Skúlason
V. Pálsson
89' Palsson is withdrawn for Skulason for the dying minutes.
K. Sigþórsson
J. Böðvarsson
89' Sigthorsson replaces Bodvarsson in the final third.
88' Germany still have work to do to see out the clean sheet. Given that they conceded six goals last time out, Low will want a shutout this evening.
A. Younes
S. Gnabry
86' Younes replaces Gnabry for the home side for the dying stages of the game.
85' For once Kimmich fails to find a team-mate with an offload down the left flank to Werner. The Bayern man has been flawless in possession tonight.
83' Germany are going through the motions in knocking the ball around the pitch. Die Mannschaft have done enough this evening.
80' The contest has lost all tempo as we head into the final 10 minutes. Both teams seem content with the scoreline.
T. Werner
L. Sané
79' Werner comes on to the field to replace Sane in the final third.
J. Musiala
K. Havertz
79' Musiala makes his debut for Germany as he replaces Havertz. The youngster opted to play for Die Mannschaft rather than England and he makes his bow tonight.
77' Ginter collects an offload from Kimmich and goes for a blast that is charged down by a wall of white shirts.
75' Ingason has to react at the back to steer a dangerous chipped pass from Neuhaus away from Kimmich on the charge. The Bayern midfielder has been everywhere tonight.
74' Havertz and Gnabry combine in the final third, but Arnason intercepts the offload from the latter aimed towards Sane in the box.
A. Sigurdsson
A. Traustason
71' Arnor Sigurdsson replaces Traustason for the visitors.
F. Neuhaus
L. Goretzka
71' Neuhaus replaces Goretzka for the home side after a quality performance from the Bayern man.
70' OFF THE POST! Gnabry sees his right-footed strike clatter of the post. Kimmich floats a cross to the Bayern man in the left inside channel. He takes it down on the chest before firing at goal on his right foot, only to be denied by the woodwork.
69' Germany are asserting their authority on Iceland this evening. Die Mannschaft have barely had to break out of first gear.
67' WIDE! Goretzka turns 25 yards from goal and he lines up a drive towards the target that curls wide of the left post.
A. Guðmundsson
Yellow Card
65' Gudmundsson goes into the book for a loose challenge on Rudiger.
65' SAVE! Bodvarsson latches on to a flick from Gudmundsson and strikes on the half-volley. Neuer has to be alert to make the stop before gathering at the second attempt.
61' Klostermann has to be alert for the home side to divert a cross from Bjarnason behind for a corner. The resulting delivery from Gunnarsson travels straight through the box as Neuer misses the catch.
60' DISALLOWED GOAL! Kimmich and Havertz combine for a sublime cross and finish, but the goal is disallowed for offside as the forward moves beyond the last Iceland defender in the left inside channel before placing his effort past Halldorsson.
57' Iceland win a corner as Gunnarsson sees his strike diverted behind. Arnason rises highest from the delivery, but directs his header straight at Neuer.
K. Árnason
Yellow Card
56' Arnason goes into the book for the visitors.
S. Gnabry
56' Gnabry sends a short pass to Gundogan, who does the rest with a crisp finish.
İ. Gündoğan
56' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! GUNDOGAN PRODUCES A SUBLIME FINISH!!!! 3-0!!!!! The midfielder finds the bottom-left corner with a precise strike. Gundogan collects an offload from Gnabry on the edge of the box and he cuts inside to shoot on his right foot. His effort has the power to beat the outstretched hand of Halldorsson and nestle in the back of the net.
53' Sane latches on to a cutback in the box from Gnabry, but he takes a loose touch and Arnason whips it away from him.
51' CHANCE! Gunnarsson has a free header in the middle from Palsson's cross, but he can only direct his header wide of the left post. The midfielder should have at least hit the target there.
50' OVER! Traustason collects from Bodvarsson and launches a strike from 25 yards that sails just over the bar.
K. Havertz
Yellow Card
48' Havertz brings down Ingason on the charge and goes into the book.
46' We're back underway in this World Cup qualifying clash.
Iceland did have one opening in the first half when Runar Mar Sigurjónsson's deflected effort travelled just wide of the post. However, the visitors have been on the back foot for the majority of the contest. It will take something special for them to avoid defeat this evening.
Germany hold a 2-0 lead at the break in their 2022 World Cup qualifying clash against Iceland. Leon Goretzka put Die Mannschaft ahead in the second minute with a clinical strike, while Kai Havertz doubled their advantage with a crisp finish. Joachin Low's men have been in complete control of the game.
45' + 2' Goretzka plays a one-two with Gundogan on the edge of the box, but he slips as he strikes an effort at goal and Arnason clears the danger.
45' There will be two minutes of added time.
43' RUDIGER MISSES THE TARGET! The defender should notch Germany's third goal of the evening. Kimmich floats a perfect cross in from the left flank and Rudiger drifts in between two Iceland players to attack the delivery. However, he powers his header wide of the left post.
42' SAVE! Germany work the ball well in tight quarters before Kimmich lines up a low drive towards the bottom-left corner. Halldorsson gets down to make a fine stop, pushing it behind for a corner.
A. Guðmundsson
R. Sigurjónsson
40' Sigurjonsson makes way for Gudmundsson for the visitors.
39' Sigurjonsson is down with an injury problem. He is gesturing towards his face and he may have to make way here.
38' SAVE! Germany work the ball around the edge of the Iceland box with one-touch football. Goretzka is teed up by Kimmich, but his left-footed curler is saved by Halldorsson.
37' Sane works the ball to Gnabry down the left flank and he receives the return pass in the inside channel, but the Bayern winger fails to connect with a strike at goal.
34' Havertz tries to apply pressure on Bjanarson at the back, but the forward gives away a free-kick as he tries to win possession.
33' Iceland had a poor start to the game, but the visitors have worked their way back into the contest and have tightened up the back.
31' WIDE! Havertz searches for his second goal of the night with a run to the edge of the box, but he pulls his left-footed strike wide of the right post.
28' Germany have space on a counter, but Havertz misplaces his offload to Gnabry through the middle. 
27' CLOSE! Iceland come within inches of getting back into the game as Sigurjonsson sees his effort deflected inches wide of the post. Klostermann loses out to Bodvarsson down the left inside channel and the forward tees up his team-mate for a strike. Sigurjonsson goes for the blast that Rudiger gets a boot to, guiding the ball narrowly past the right post.
26' Bjanarson floats a free-kick into the box, but the home side clear their lines through Gundogan.
25' Sigurjonsson gives the Iceland defence a brief moment of respite as he wins a free-kick, drawing a foul from Havertz in the Germany half.
23' Kimmich goes for goal once more, and his effort takes two deflections off Gunnarsson then Arnason on its way through. However, Halldorsson watches the ball safely into his hands.
21' Space opens up for Kimmich to drive at goal from distance, but he pulls his effort wide of the left post.
20' Sane and Havertz combine down the left flank to allow the latter to steer a cutback towards Gnabry. However, Gunnarsson is well placed to clear the danger for the visitors.
17' It has been a clinic in possession football from the home side in the early stages this evening. Iceland are chasing shadows across the pitch.
15' Kimmich floats a perfect ball over the top of the Iceland defence for the run of Havertz, but the forward moves a fraction too soon and is caught offside.
14' WIDE! Gundogan whips a cross into the box from the resulting corner, but a header from Goretzka travels wide of the left post.
13' Gundogan makes a probing run down the left flank and he tries to deliver a cross into the box. Halldorsson punches the cross into the air and then behind, although there was no Germany player anywhere near him.
11' Sane twists and turns down the left flank and he floats a cross into the middle, but Halldorsson comes off his line to claim the delivery.
9' It has been a complete domination from the home side in the early stages. Germany are making a statement in their opening qualifying match.
L. Sané
7' Sane surges down the left flank and beats Sampsted before expertly picking out Havertz to shoot and score.
K. Havertz
7' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! HAVERTZ STROKES THE BALL HOME!!!! 2-0 GERMANY!!!!! Havertz places a fine strike into the bottom-right corner to finish a swift German counter. Sane is played down the left flank by Kimmich and he surges past Sampsted before cutting an offload back to an unmarked Havertz. The forward takes the shot on first time and he buries the ball into the back of the net.
6' Bjarnason has a surge down the left flank, but his cutback towards Bodvarsson is intercepted by Gundogan covering back.
4' Iceland barely had a touch of the ball in the opening exchange and are now behind. A baptism of fire for new manager Vidarsson.
L. Goretzka
3' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! GORETZKA FIRES GERMANY AHEAD!!! 1-0!!! The home side take the lead through the Bayern midfielder with a stunning strike. Kimmich floats a ball over the top of the Iceland defence for Gnabry to chase. He lays an offload back to Goretzka, who hammers a left-footed strike past Halldorsson with an emphatic finish.
S. Gnabry
3' Gnabry makes a fine run behind the Iceland defence in the box. He spins with his back to goal to find Goretzka, who finishes in style.
1' We're underway in this World Cup qualifying clash.
The players are out on the field so we should be underway shortly.
Iceland have made five changes to their side that was beaten 4-0 by England in their last outing. Halldorsson gets the nod between the stick in place of Kristinsson. Sampsted and Magnusson come into the backline, while Gunnarsson starts in front of the bck four. Traustason earns the call in the midfield behind Bodvarsson.
Germany have made five changes to their side from their defeat to Spain last time out. Can, Rudiger and Klostermann start in the back four as Niklas Sule and Robin Koch are not in the squad, while Max drops to the bench. Toni Kroos is absent, which sees Kimmich start alongside Gundogan and Goretzka in the middle of the park. Havertz replaces his Chelsea team-mate Werner in the starting line-up.
ICELAND SUBS: Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Johan Gudmundsson, Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, Arnor Sigurdsson, Holmbert Fridjohnsson, Ogmundur Kristinsson, Runar Alex Runnarsson, Hjortur Hermannsson, Albert Gudmundsson, Ari Freyr Skulason.
ICELAND (4-1-4-1): Hannes Halldorsson; Alfons Sampsted, Sverrir Ingason, Kari Arnason, Hordur Magnusson; Aron Gunnarsson; Birkir Bjarnason, Runar Mar Sigurjonsson, Victor Palsson, Arnor Ingvi Traustason; Jon Dadi Bodvarsson.
GERMANY SUBS: Philipp Max, Jonathan Tah, Jamal Musiala, Timo Werner, Amin Younes, Kevin Trapp, Florin Neuhaus, Florian Witz, Marc-Andre ter Stegen. 
GERMANY (4-3-3): Manuel Neuer; Lukas Klostermann, Antonio Rudiger, Matthias Ginter, Emre Can; Leon Goretzka, Joshua Kimmich, Ilkay Gundogan; Leroy Sane, Serge Gnabry, Kai Havertz.
Iceland enter their qualifying campaign off the back of five-straight defeats, including a 2-1 loss to Hungary to miss out on a place at the European Championships. Arnar Vidarsson takes control of a team that were crushed 4-0 by England last time out in their Nations League contest at Wembley, therefore he faces a challenge to rebuild their confidence. They will not want to begin their qualifying campaign on a low note, although it will take a special performance to avoid another defeat.
Germany kick off their Group J campaign on home soil in their bid to secure qualification for the 2022 World Cup at the first attempt. Joachim Low will begin the qualification campaign before handing the reins to a new manager after Euro 2020, and he will be desperate to leave Die Mannschaft in a strong position for his successor. Germany suffered a humiliating defeat in their last outing against Spain in the Nations League, losing 6-0 on the road. They will be determined to put that loss behind them with a dominant outing tonight.
Good evening and welcome to the 2022 World Cup qualifying clash between Germany and Iceland at the Schauinsland-Reisen-Arena.