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88'
T. Kehrer
Yellow Card
81'
T. Müller
L. Goretzka
2 - 1
80'
G. Puşcaş
Yellow Card
52'
S. Gnabry
M. Reus
1 - 1
9'
I. Hagi
N. Stanciu
0 - 1

Match Stats

Possession
77% 22%
10
6
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 6 1
Total Passes 809 238
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Germany GER Germany 8 7 0 1 23 3 +20 21 W W W W W
2 Romania ROU Romania 8 4 1 3 11 8 +3 13 W L D W W
3 North Macedonia MKD North Macedonia 8 3 3 2 15 10 +5 12 L W D D D
4 Armenia ARM Armenia 8 3 3 2 8 11 -3 12 L D D L D
5 Iceland ISL Iceland 8 2 2 4 11 15 -4 8 W D L D L
6 Liechtenstein LIE Liechtenstein 8 0 1 7 2 23 -21 1 L L D L L

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Commentary

That's all for now though, goodbye!
The result means that Germany remain top of Group J with 18 points. Romania drop to fourth, though - North Macedonia's 4-0 win against Liechtenstein sees them leapfrog Romania to climb into second.  
Muller's late strike seals a 2-1 win for Germany over Romania. The visitors started confidently and took the lead in a hectic opening 15 minutes. First, Werner went down under a challenge from Burca and Germany were awarded a penalty, only for VAR to overturn the call. Romania then promptly went up the pitch and took the lead when Hagi glided past Rudiger before poking in a superb finish. The hosts dominated the rest of the half but couldn't find a breakthrough. Despite some stubborn Romania defending, though, Germany's pressure told in the second half. First, Gnabry fired in a cracking strike from 20 yards to level affairs. Before Muller ghosted in at the back post to tap it in following Goretzka's flick-on. Germany could have been forgiven for thinking that was game over, but Romania almost equalised in stoppage time when a cross hit Rudiger and dropped narrowly wide. Nevertheless, it finished 2-1 to Germany in a thrilling game.
90' + 4' FULL TIME: Germany 2-1 Romania
90' + 3' CLOSE! Romania almost equalise! Ivan gets to the byline as Germany struggle to contain the visitors. He slams in a low cross that narrowly evades Mitrita before ricocheting off Rudiger and inches wide of the near post. The resulting corner amounts to nothing.
90' + 2' Gnabry heads Kimmich's corner safely into the arms of Nita.
90' + 1' Four minutes of stoppage time are added.
K. Adeyemi
L. Sané
89' Sane is replaced by Adeyemi in attack.
89' Chance! Germany fail to clear Marin's free-kick and it falls invitingly for Chiriches who can only poke it well wide from six yards out. 
T. Kehrer
Yellow Card
88' Kehrer is booked after scything down Mitrita with a cynical challenge.
87' Germany are just starting to drop deeper as Romania grow in confidence.
L. Klostermann
J. Hofmann
85' Hofmann makes way for Klostermann at the back as Germany look to tighten up their defence ahead of stoppage time.
84' Well, they've left it late, but Germany finally have the lead. Can Romania summon a last burst of energy to go after an equaliser?
A. Mitriță
G. Puşcaş
82' Puscas also makes way with Mitrita taking his place up top.
A. Albu
N. Stanciu
82' Romania quickly make two changes as they suddenly hunt for an equaliser. Stanciu is replaced in midfield by Albu.
L. Goretzka
Assist
81' It was a smart header from Goretzka. Rather than attempting to find the net, he flicked the corner towards the back post where Muller was prowling for an easy finish!
T. Müller
Goal
81' GOAL! MULLER! 2-1 Germany. Goretzka flicks on Kimmich's dangerous corner at the near post and it bounces through to an unmarked Muller who gleefully taps it into an empty net!
G. Puşcaş
Yellow Card
80' Puscas is booked after preventing Ter Stegen from taking a goal kick quickly. 
79' Close again for Sane! Sane drives into the box and cuts inside onto his right foot, before curling a low effort against Ratiu from close range!
77' Brilliant challenge! Germany counter-attack and Muller threads a delightful pass to send Havertz clean through on goal! However, the attacker still has 40 yards to run to get into the box and Rus pursues him all the way before diving in and poking the ball away just as Havertz is about to shoot!
75' Romania almost stun Germany again! Puscas latches onto a long ball over the top, but having got past Rudiger and with just Ter Stegen to beat, he opts to hit a first-time half-volley from 18 yards that skews well wide.
73' Almost! Germany continue to probe just outside the Romania box and eventually they find Gnabry in space near the byline. He cuts it back to Sane who gets underneath it and blasts his shot well over the bar from close range.   
71' Romania are barely escaping their own half right now, but they're still defending bravely as they look to cling onto a precious point. 
69' Gnabry has had a busy day in attack and could hold the key to Germany winning this match. He's already taken five shots, to go with 67 touches.
K. Havertz
M. Reus
67' Reus also comes off to be replaced by Havertz.
T. Müller
T. Werner
67' Germany make two changes. The first sees Werner depart with Muller coming on.
66' CHANCE! Kehrer gets away down the left and has the poise to pick out an unmarked Werner inside the six-yard box. Werner loses his balance though and awkwardly lurches into the ball, and it harmlessly ricochets off the striker before bouncing wide.
64' Sane rides a number of challenges in midfield before getting into a promising position on the edge of the box, where he wastefully smashes it into the stand.
62' It's attack versus defence currently as Germany continue to pour forward in search of a second goal.
A. Ivan
V. Mihăilă
60' Mihaila also departs with Ivan coming on.
A. Maxim
I. Hagi
60' Two more changes for Romania. The first sees the goalscorer Hagi make way for Maxim.
A. Rațiu
Yellow Card
59' Ratiu stops Sane with a tactical foul, and his hug is punished with a yellow card. 
56' CLOSE! Gnabry gets free again and puts in a cross into the six-yard box. Reus gets there first but can only blaze it over from close range though! That was a huge chance.
54' Almost another! Germany have their tails up now and push forward again. Gnabry gets to the byline and cuts it back across goal, but it trickles agonisingly past all the attackers.  
M. Reus
Assist
52' It was a simple lay-off from Reus, but Gnabry capitalised on the space he was afforded by lashing a tremendous strike past Nita.
S. Gnabry
Goal
52' GNABRY! 1-1! Germany equalise. The hosts knock it around on the edge of the box once more, before Reus lays it off to Gnabry just outside the area. Gnabry promptly drills a brilliant, low strike across Nita and into the bottom corner!
50' CLOSE! Mihaila breaks away down the left wing and gets away from Hofman. He proceeds to fire a low cross into the six-yard box where Puscas is waiting to apply a finish! However, Sule dives in and manages to block his shot away to safety.
C. Manea
A. Burcă
50' It's a blow for Romania as Burca is replaced by Manea in defence, following an injury.
48' Germany had eight shots in the first period, but only three of these came from inside the box. They might be better off showing more patience and waiting to create clear chances, rather than shooting from distance so often in the second half. 
46' Romania get the second half underway.
Germany will feel as if they did enough to get an equaliser there. If they continue to play like that in the second half you'd think that a leveler would only be a matter of time.   
Romania hold a surprise lead at the break. The first 15 minutes were frantic. First, Germany thought they'd won a penalty through Werner, only for VAR to overturn the original decision. Clearly, the hosts lost their concentration from there, as Hagi capitalised by firing in a stunning goal as he nutmegged Rudiger before stabbing a smart finish past Ter Stegen. And it could have got worse for Germany with Puscas wasting a promising opening. Germany settled down eventually and dominated the rest of the half without finding an equaliser, leaving the scoreline at 1-0 heading into the interval.  
45' + 4' HALF TIME: Germany 0-1 Romania
45' + 4' Nita comfortably saves Kimmich's 30-yard strike.
45' + 3' Romania make a rare foray forward and win a corner. Marin's delivery is met by Rus who heads it well wide.
45' + 2' Rudiger's 30-yard strike skews well wide.
45' + 1' Stanciu knocks over Kimmich presenting Germany with a promising free-kick near the touchline. Kimmich swings it towards the near post, where Chiriches heads clear.
45' Three minutes of stoppage time are added on.
44' Close! Gnabry dribbles 20 yards and gets all the way towards the edge of the box, before drilling a low strike inches wide of the near post!
N. Stanciu
Yellow Card
41' Stanciu is shown a yellow card after a late challenge on Kimmich near the halfway line.
40' Puscas almost makes it two! Romania finally break out of their own half and it results in a chance. Puscas finds himself with just Rudiger and Ter Stegen to beat as he dribbles towards the six-yard box. He almost wriggles past Rudiger, but the defender just about puts him off and Puscas eventually kicks the air as he attempts a shot. 
39' Germany will be wondering how they haven't equalised. They've created plenty of opportunities, but just haven't been able to apply a finishing touch.
37' CHANCE! Germany are causing Romania all sorts of problems currently. They spurn another huge chance, though. This time they work an overload down the right, allowing Gnabry a simple opportunity to square it to Werner, however, the attacker slices his pass and it spins into the arms of Nita. 
36' Save! Sane cleverly lets Kimmich's cross run over his and towards Reus at the back post. Reus slams a volley at goal from a tight angle but Nita pushes it to safety!
34' Goretzka's 25-yard strike is charged down. 
33' Chance! Werner breaks away from the Romania defence and is suddenly presented with a chance to square it across to Reus for a tap in. However, there's a miscommunication between the two players and Werner's cross goes way beyond his teammate allowing Romania to clear!
31' Germany attempt an intricate one-touch move on the edge of the box and they get close to a shooting chance, before Reus's final pass is picked off by Chiriches. 
29' Hofman frees Gnabry near the byline, but his low cross is hacked clear by Burca.
27' The visitors continue to frustrate Germany as Chiriches intercepts Kimmich's hurried throughball, before thumping it back into the Germany half.
25' Chance! Goretzka hooks Kimmich's corner dangerously back into the six-yard box. Gnabry is there to flick a header on, but he can only place it straight at Nita. 
23' Germany have had 78 per cent possession, but they've struggled to control the game still. Romania have sat deep and picked their moments to quickly counter-attack against their diminished backline.  
21' Puscas spins past Kimmich on the halfway and it looks like Romania will have another chance to break. However, the move is quickly halted when the referee awards a free-kick to Germany, after judging that Puscas caught Kimmich in the face. 
19' Germany stream forward again, but the move falls apart when Sane misplaces his throughball towards Gnabry. 
17' CLOSE! Germany almost equalise. Reus' low cross causes problems as Nita spills it inside the six-yard box. Both Werner and Gnabry zoom in to apply a finish, but after a failed Romania clearance, Gnabry can only poke it wide while lying on the floor!
15' Germany knock the ball purposefully around on the edge of the box as they look to find a way back into this game.
13' Well, it's been a breathless opening 15 minutes! First, Germany thought they'd won a pen, only for VAR to overturn the original decision. Clearly, the hosts lost their concentration from there, as Hagi capitalised by firing in a stunning goal. And it could have got worse for Germany with Puscas wasting a promising opening.  
11' Chance! Romania have an opportunity for a second! They win back possession straight from kick off allowing Puscas to dribble unhindered towards the edge of the box, before Sule blocks his shot behind. The resulting corner amounts to nothing.
N. Stanciu
Assist
9' Assist Nicolae Claudiu Stanciu
I. Hagi
Goal
9' GOAL HAGI! 1-0! Romania take the lead! VAR had only just overturned a Germany penalty, but now Romania are ahead with a superb goal. Hagi drives at the Germany defence and nutmegs Rudiger to take himself into the box! Once he's found space, the attacker keeps his composure and fires a low finish across goal and into the bottom corner! 
8' VAR overturns the penalty decision! It certainly didn't look like a foul on Werner and VAR intervenes correctly. The referee examines the replay and concludes that there was no foul.
6' Penalty to Germany! Werner attempts to latch onto a hopeful throughball, before brushing past Burca and tumbling over just inside the box. It looks innocuous, but the referee points to the spot - much to the fury of the Romanian players. 
4' Chance! Romania break quickly as Hagi swings in a cross from the right. It falls to Tosca on the edge of the box, but the wing-back sends his volley narrowly wide of the far post. 
2' The hosts settle in with a long spell of possession that finally ends with Kehrer clipping a long switch out of play.
1' Germany get the first half underway.  
The players are emerging from the tunnel and kick off is just seconds away!
Germany have started excellently under new head coach Hansi Flick. They have three victories from their Flick’s first three games and have yet to concede under the former Bayern Munich coach.
Romania make seven changes to the team that drew away against North Macedonia last time out, as they switch from a 4-3-3 into a flexible 3-4-3 formation. The main news is that Dennis Man isn’t in the squad – his spot on the right is taken by Hagi.
Germany make two changes to the side that defeated Iceland 4-0 away in the last international break. Neuer is replaced by Ter Stegen in goal, while the injured Gundogan is replaced in attack by Reus.
SUBS: Alexandru Cicaldau, Alexandru Maxim, Andrei Vlad, Alexandru Mitrita, Mihai Marian Aioani, Andrei Cordea, Cristian Albu, Olimpiu Vasile Morutan, Andrei Ivan, Nicusor Bancu, Cristian Manea, Claudiu Keseru.
ROMANIA (3-4-3): Florin Nita; Adrian Rus, Vlad Chiriches, Andrei Burca; Andrei Ratiu, Nicolae Stanciu, Razvan Marin, Alin Tosca; Ianis Hagi, George Puscas, Valentin Mihaila.
SUBS: Lukas Klostermann, Kai Havertz, Florian Wirtz, Matthias Ginter, Thomas Muller, Florian Neuhaus, David Raum, Karim Adeyemi, Bernd Leno, Jamal Musiala, Nico Schlotterbeck.
GERMANY (4-2-3-1): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Jonas Hofman, Niklas Sule, Antonio Rudiger, Thilo Kehrer; Leon Goretzka, Joshua Kimmich; Serge Gnabry, Marco Reus, Leroy Sane; Timo Werner.
Romania, meanwhile, are locked in a battle with Armenia and North Macedonia for the qualifying playoff spot (second place). They’re currently third with 10 points from six games, and a further point today would be crucial in their attempts to make the World Cup.
Hello and welcome to this European World Cup Qualifying Group J fixture between Germany and Romania. The hosts enter this one with a commanding advantage in the group. They have 15 points from six games, and they’ll be expecting another three points today.