Werner double sees Germany qualify for Qatar World Cup

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Timo Werner. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
Timo Werner. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

Germany continued their spotless record under new coach Hansi Flick and secured qualification for the 2022 World Cup as Chelsea striker Timo Werner scored twice in a 4-0 rout of North Macedonia on Monday.

Just months after they slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat to the same opponent on home soil, Germany cruised to a dominant win in Skopje to increase their lead at the top of Group J to eight points and secure their berth at next year's tournament in Qatar.

Werner's Chelsea team-mate Kai Havertz also got on the scoresheet and Jamal Musiala scored his first international goal as Germany made it five wins out of five under Flick, who took over from Joachim Loew after Euro 2020.

The 56-year-old coach said 2014 World Cup winners Germany still had "a long way to go", but insisted his team could compete with the best in the world.

"Our players have the quality to rival France, Italy and Belgium. I am very optimistic," he said.

Midfielder Leon Goretzka also backed Flick to take Germany back to the top of the world game after failing to make it past the first two rounds at both of their last two major tournament appearances.

"We still need to improve to get back to the top, but there are few people better placed than Hansi to do that," he told RTL.

Goal-scorer Werner added that Flick's faith in him had helped him to shrug off growing criticism of his form in recent months.

"When a coach likes you and trusts you, then it helps every striker, especially me. I need that trust, and Flick gives that to me 100 percent," he said.

Germany were wasteful in the first half, with striker Werner squandering several chances and Joshua Kimmich and Serge Gnabry forcing saves from North Macedonian goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski.

Havertz finally opened the scoring just after the break, slotting into an empty net after a lightning counter-attack.

Werner doubled the lead with a sharp volley on 70 minutes, before curling a third into the bottom corner a few minutes later.

Seven minutes from time and shortly after coming on to replace Werner, Musiala fired a low shot past Dimitrievski.

The goal made him Germany's youngest scorer since 1910 at just 18 years and 227 days.

"Jamal is very cool in front of goal for a player his age," said Flick.

European 2022 World Cup qualifying results on Monday:

Group E

In Kazan, Russia

Belarus 0 Czech Republic 2 (Schick 22, Hlozek 65)

In Tallinn

Estonia 0 Wales 1 (Moore 12)

Group G

In Riga

Latvia 1 (Demiral 70-og) Turkey 2 (Dursun 76, B. Yilmaz 90+9-pen)

In Rotterdam, Netherlands

Netherlands 6 (Van Dijk 9, Depay 21, 45+3-pen, Dumfries 48, Danjuma 75, Malen 86) Gibraltar 0

In Oslo

Norway 2 (Elyounoussi 29, 90+6) Montenegro 0

Group H

In Osijek

Croatia 2 (Kramaric 25, Modric 71) Slovakia 2 (Schranz 20, Haraslin 45)

In Larnaca, Cyprus

Cyprus 2 (Papoulis 7, Sotiriou 80) Malta 2 (Muscat 53, Degabriele 90+8)

In Maribor, Slovenia

Slovenia 1 (Ilicic 40) Russia 2 (Diveyev 28, Dzhikiya 32)

Group J

In Reykjavik

Iceland 4 (Thordarson 19, Gudmundsson 35-pen, 79-pen, Gudjohnsen 89) Liechtenstein 0

In Skopje

North Macedonia 0 Germany 4 (Havertz 50, Werner 70, 73, Musiala 83)

In Bucharest

Romania 1 (Mitrita 26) Armenia 0

Playing on Tuesday (20:45 SA time unless stated):

Group A

In Faro, Portugal

Portugal v Luxembourg

In Belgrade

Serbia v Azerbaijan

Group B

In Pristina

Kosovo v Georgia

In Solna, Sweden

Sweden v Greece

Group C

In Sofia

Bulgaria v Northern Ireland

In Vilnius

Lithuania v Switzerland

Group D

In Nur-Sultan

Kazakhstan v Finland (16:00 SA time)

In Lviv, Ukraine

Ukraine v Bosnia and Herzegovina

Group F

In Copenhagen

Denmark v Austria

In Torshavn

Faroe Islands v Scotland

In Be'er Sheva, Israel

Israel v Moldova

Group I

In Tirana

Albania v Poland

In London

England v Hungary

In Serravalle, San Marino

San Marino v Andorra

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