Marco Reus got an assist as Germany earned an impressive comeback win against Romania on Friday to put themselves on the verge of qualifying for next year’s FIFA World Cup.
Germany had to do it the hard way but got the job done in the end as they came from behind to earn a 2-1 win over Romania in the World Cup qualifiers on Friday evening. Romania stunned the hosts by taking the lead in the 9th minute through Ianis Hagi. But Hansi Flick’s side turned things around in the second half to go six points clear at the top of their World Cup qualifying group.
Serge Gnabry equalised for Germany in the second half with a fine finish from the edge of the box after being set up by Marco Reus. Thomas Müller then came off the bench and tapped home the winner in the 81st minute.
The result leaves Germany needing just one more win to qualify for the World Cup. And they could secure their place in next year’s tournament with a win over North Macedonia on Monday.
Meanwhile, Donyell Malen was an unused substitute as the Netherlands edged past Latvia to stay top in their qualifying group. The Netherlands now hold a two point lead over Norway, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Turkey. Norway were without Erling Haaland, who he is still recovering from his injury.
Marin Pongracic also stayed on the bench as Croatia cruised to a 3-0 win away to Cyprus. Croatia are top in their qualifying group, level on points with second placed Russia.