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90' + 4'
A. Younes
L. Sané
90' + 3'
J. Kimmich
Yellow Card
90' + 2'
F. Neuhaus
S. Gnabry
16'
S. Gnabry
K. Havertz
0 - 1
16'
Ovidiu Popescu
Yellow Card

Match Stats

Possession
33% 66%
5
6
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 2 9
Total Passes 356 696
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Germany GER Germany 6 5 0 1 17 2 +15 15 W W W L W
2 Armenia ARM Armenia 6 3 2 1 7 9 -2 11 D L D W W
3 Romania ROU Romania 6 3 1 2 9 6 +3 10 D W W L L
4 North Macedonia MKD North Macedonia 6 2 3 1 11 6 +5 9 D D D W W
5 Iceland ISL Iceland 6 1 1 4 6 14 -8 4 L D L W L
6 Liechtenstein LIE Liechtenstein 6 0 1 5 2 15 -13 1 D L L L L

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Commentary

That's all for now, goodbye!
The result means Germany climb to the top of Group J, while Romania slide to fourth.
Gnabry's early goal gives Germany a 1-0 win, despite late pressure from Romania. The visitors started well and took the lead quickly when Havertz squared it to Gnabry for a tap in. And Germany should have added to their lead when Kimmich hit the bar or through Gnabry's one-on-one. The second half continued in a similar vein, as Nita kept Romania in the game. The goalkeeper was impressive throughout and made excellent saves to deny Werner and Sane. Romania had late chances to equalise, but Puscas and Stanciu both wasted opportunities and Germany held on to maintain their 100-per-cent record in Group J.
90' + 5' FULL TIME: Romania 0-1 Germany
A. Younes
L. Sané
90' + 4' Sane makes way for Younes as Germany eat more time out the clock.   
J. Kimmich
Yellow Card
90' + 3' Kimmich is booked for wasting time.
F. Neuhaus
S. Gnabry
90' + 2' Gnabry is replaced by Neuhaus.
90' + 1' Huge opportunity for Stanciu! Sane hits a loose back pass and Stanciu races onto it and he finds himself clean through at an angle! However, Neuer stays big and Stanciu fires his shot into the side netting from five yards!
90' Three minutes of stoppage time are added.  
90' The hosts are finally starting to apply some pressure, but it might be coming too late.   
89' Maxim drifts inside from the left and swerves a shot comfortably wide from 20 yards.
87' Chance for Puscas! Romania almost snatch an equaliser as Puscas slaloms past Rudiger before lashing a shot straight at Neuer from 12 yards!
85' Werner races past Chiriches and smashes a shot from a tight angle, only for Nita to parry it away.  
A. Maxim
I. Hagi
83' The second change sees Hagi depart with Maxim taking his place on the right flank.
A. Cicâldău
F. Tănase
83' Romania make two more changes: the first sees Tanase make way for Cicaldau in attack.
82' Brilliant save from Nita! Gundogan threads a pass through to Werner and the striker races through on goal, only for Nita to rush out and block his close range effort!
80' Hagi angles a clever throughball in search of Puscas, but Neuer races off his line to clear. 
79' Germany are continuing to throw everything at Romania in search of a second goal, but the hosts are holding firm.    
T. Werner
K. Havertz
77' Havertz is replaced by Werner in attack.  
76' Burca is down and receiving treatment after blocking Sane's powerful free-kick with his face, but he should be able to continue.
74' Sane's tripped just outside the box, giving Germany an excellent shooting chance. However, his resulting effort is bravely blocked by the wall.
72' Neuer hits a weak pass straight to Puscas, but the attacker is driven wide by Can and his eventual cross is blocked away by Rudiger.     
70' Can's tripped by Popescu, presenting Germany with a promising free-kick. Kimmich swings in the delivery, but Nita commandingly sails out to claim it.
68' It's been a spirited display from Romania, but they've still only managed four shots from inside the box. They'll need to be a little more adventurous in attack if they're to find an equaliser.    
G. Puşcaş
C. Keșerü
66' The second change sees Puscas come on for Keseru.
D. Man
V. Mihăilă
66' Romania make a double substitution: Mihaila is replaced by Man in attack.
63' So close for Sane! Gnabry flashes in behind the Romania defence and drills in a low cross from the byline that Sane slides in to try and tap in, but his contact is too weak and the ball dribbles inches wide of the far post!   
61' Germany continue to pile on the pressure as Nita saves Sane's close range shot, before Goretzka blazes the rebound over the bar!   
59' Brilliant save from Nita! Gnabry bursts through the centre of the pitch and runs at the backtracking Romania defence, before his placed shot from 12 yards is pushed around the post by Nita!
57' Tanase goes close! Hagi's cross drops to Tanase at the back post and the attacker has a cross blocked, before smashing the rebound narrowly over from eight yards! 
56' Ginter drills a speculative effort from 30 yards well wide. 
55' Germany go close again! Gnabry slips Sane through on goal and he dances around the goalkeeper, before the Romanian defenders rush back to crowd the attacker out and drive him away from goal!
53' Gnabry rises to try and meet Goretzka's cross, but he pushes Chiriches in the back at the crucial moment, and the hosts are awarded a free-kick.  
52' Strong save from Nita! Can crosses it to Goretzka on the edge of the box and the midfielder thumps a vicious effort at goal forcing Nita into a smart save to block it away! 
50' Romania have made a composed start to the half - they've enjoyed plenty of possession albeit without worrying the visitors.  
48' Gnabry caused all sorts of problems for Romania in that first half: he produced four shots as well as two key passes to go with his goal.
A. Burcă
Camora
46' Camora is replaced by Burca at half time.
46' Germany get the second half underway.  
After a bright opening 10 minutes Romania have struggled to create any chances, and they'll need to find a cutting edge if they're to recover today.
Germany lead 1-0 at the break after a dominant first half. The visitors got started early when Havertz broke away and squared it to Gnabry for a tap in, and they should have added to their lead. Kimmich hit the bar, while Gnabry had a one-on-one well saved by Nita, but Romania defended firmly to keep the game alive at half time.    
45' HALF TIME: Romania 0-1 Germany
43' Gnabry glances Kimmich's free-kick well over the bar.     
41' Sane shimmies into the box, but the Romania defence crowds him out and the visitors are forced to build again from the halfway line.   
39' Romania win a promising free-kick near the left touchline, but Tanase's delivery is nodded away by Ginter.    
37' Romania are under heavy pressure currently, and they'll be aiming to simply limit Germany to just a one-goal advantage at the break.   
35' Kimmich's outswinging corner is headed clear at the near post by Tanase.
33' Chance for Gnabry! Klostermann gets to the byline and hooks it into the six-yard box, where Gnabry kicks the air instead of tapping in his second goal!
31' Germany press Romania high up the pitch and Kimmich robs Hagi only to be called back for a foul.  
29' Stanciu charges down Kimmich's powerful effort from 20 yards.       
28' Marin lashes a low strike from 25 yards, but it's straight at Neuer and the goalkeeper gratefully gathers it at the first attempt.   
26' Germany have already produced four shots inside the box within the opening 30 minutes - Romania will need to tighten up at the back if they're to recover in this game.   
24' Gundogan has a chance to slip Havertz in behind with a throughball, but he hesitates before wastefully hitting it straight to Tosca.
22' Gnabry gets in behind again, but the linesman quickly calls for offside. Germany are cutting through Romania's defence consistently right now, though.  
20' Kimmich hits the bar! The German midfield thrashes a half-volley from 25 yards against the bar, before Tosca heads it inadvertently into the path of Gnabry, only for Nita to race out and block his shot away!
18' Germany will be delighted to have made an early breakthrough! Romania were beginning to look dangerous, but the visitors have halted their momentum with a crucial opening goal.  
K. Havertz
Assist
16' Havertz could easily have shot from a tight angle there, but he selflessly squared it to Gnabry to set his team-mate up for a simple finish.
S. Gnabry
Goal
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
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; Nicolae Stanciu, 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.