Germany qualified for the 2022 World Cup by defeating North Macedonia 0-0 on Monday.
Timo Warner’s second-half double and a goal from Kai Hawartz and Jamal Musial ensured Germany’s fifth win in their fifth game under new coach Hansie Flick and boosted them to 21 points, with Romania in second place at 13th.
All group winners of European qualification are automatically guaranteed a place in the tournament in Qatar.
The Germans, who were eliminated in the first round of the 2018 World Cup and in the last 16 of this year’s Euros, had their first chance with a header from Thomas Mueller.
But, like their 2-1 home win against Romania on Friday, the Germans lacked precision with their final pass and finish, creating a few chances until Timo Warner hit the post with a low drive in stoppage time in the first half.
They beat Germany 2-1 near Northern Macedonia in Duisburg in March, splitting the defense with Serge Ganabri Mুলller’s ball in the 50th minute and leaving it to Havertz to tape.
Forward Warner then scored twice in three minutes, first drilling in the 70s with the help of another muller and then three minutes later shooting holes from 15 meters.
Alternative international Musiala completed the win seven minutes before finishing with his first international goal.
Group H: Croatia loses after draw with Slovakia
Croatia have dashed hopes of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup automatically, after a 2-2 home draw with Slovakia in their Group H match, leaving Russia two points behind in the two-team race for the top spot.
The Russians, who had 1 point in eight games, beat Slovenia 2-1 to bounce back Croatia, who had come from behind twice against the Slovakians and canceled the goal late after a VAR check.
Russia and World Cup runners-up Croatia have both secured at least a place in the play-offs as third-placed Slovakia are in 10 points and have no chance of advancing to the top two.
Winger Ivan Schranz gave the Slovakians the lead in the 20th minute, Andrej Kramaric looked at the equalizer five minutes later and the spectators hit again at half-time stroke through Lucas Haraslin.
Croatia captain Luka Modric equalized for a free-kick in the 1st minute before Nikola Vlasic was ruled out as a substitute in the 3rd minute as his close range effort was disallowed.
Croatia later visited Malta and Slovakia welcomed Slovenia and Russia welcomed Cyprus on 11 November.
Group E: Early Moore’s goal gives Wales a crucial win
Kifar Moore’s early strike was enough to give Wales a 1-0 win over Estonia on Monday to secure a place in the World Cup qualifiers in Group E.
Wales got off to a good start and took the lead in the 12th minute, with Moore going home after Golmuth’s attack from a corner.
As Wales got tired it became a matter of holding on instead of looking for a second, the hosts almost equalized through substitute Vlasey Sinyavsky, who denied a great save by goalkeeper Danny Ward.
With two matches left for Wales against the Czech Republic, third-place visitors survived some annoying moments to move up 11 points in the group. Belgium is at the top with 16 points.