About four months after the historic loss to Spain, the German national team opened its international matches in 2021 with a broad victory over Iceland, topping its group at the start of its campaign in the European qualifiers for the Doha 2022 World Cup.
The German national team took its first steps to remove the stigma of its historic loss to Spain with a clean six last November, knocking the Icelandic counterpart 3-0 late Thursday evening (25 March 2021), in the first round competitions in the tenth group of European qualifiers To the World Cup Qatar 2022.
The goals of the Manchavt were scored by Leon Goritska (3), Kai Havertz (7), and Ilkay Gundogan (56).
With this result, the “machines” team led the tenth group with three points on goal difference from Armenia II, while the Icelandic team sank to the bottom of the standings with zero points.
After this match in Duisburg, the German team will visit Romania later, three days before the confrontation of North Macedonia in Duisburg again.
Coach Joachim Loew, who will leave his post at the end of the European Cup next summer, needs to achieve convincing victories against the teams within the reach of his team to restore the confidence of the German fans after his most severe loss since 1931 when he fell to Spain with a clean sixth in November.
Goritzka, the German star of Bayern Munich, opened the scoring for the Germans, with a strong left shot from inside the penalty area, which was left of the goalkeeper (3). And it was only four minutes, until the Chelsea star Havertz doubled the score for Alanshaft in the same way after a great passing game (7), to end the first half with Germany leading two clean goals.
In the second half, Gundogan boosted the score for his country by scoring the third goal with a shot from the outskirts of the penalty area, hugging the net in the lower right corner of the goalkeeper.