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Germany 3-0 Iceland: Kai Havertz and Ilkay Gundogan score in World Cup qualifying win

Kai Havertz scores for Germany against Iceland
Havertz scored his third Germany goal in the win in Duisburg

Kai Havertz and Ilkay Gundogan scored as Germany got their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign off to a good start with a comfortable win over Iceland.

The home side led 2-0 after just seven minutes, with Chelsea forward Havertz firing in the second after Leon Goretzka's well-taken opener.

Gundogan continued his fine goalscoring form this season by adding a third.

The Manchester City midfielder has now netted 15 times in his past 24 appearances for club and country.

The closest Iceland came to scoring was a Runar Sigurjonsson shot that deflected just past the far post in the first half.

The home side were vastly superior, though, and should have scored more, with Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger heading a superb chance wide.

Germany also gave a late run-out to Havertz's Chelsea team-mate Timo Werner and Bayern Munich's 18-year-old forward Jamal Musiala, who last month opted to represent the country of his birth as opposed to England.

The home side had suffered a scare before kick-off when midfielder Jonas Hofmann tested positive for Covid-19, but the game was allowed to go ahead after consultation with local authorities.

Germany coach Joachim Low, who is stepping down after this year's European Championship, was pleased with his team's start.

"It wasn't our most incredible performance, but it was very important to make a positive start to the new year and that's what we've done tonight," he said.

"We knew they'd sit deep and we knew we were going to have to force them to move in order to create space. I think we did that really well for at least 60 minutes."

Germany visit Romania in their next Group J match on Sunday while Iceland are away to Armenia.

Line-ups

Germany

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Neuer
  • 13Klostermann
  • 4Ginter
  • 16Rüdiger
  • 23Can
  • 18GoretzkaSubstituted forNeuhausat 71'minutes
  • 6Kimmich
  • 21Gündogan
  • 10HavertzBooked at 48minsSubstituted forMusialaat 79'minutes
  • 20GnabrySubstituted forYounesat 86'minutes
  • 19SanéSubstituted forWernerat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Max
  • 5Tah
  • 8Musiala
  • 9Werner
  • 11Younes
  • 12Trapp
  • 14Neuhaus
  • 15Wirtz
  • 22ter Stegen

Iceland

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Halldórsson
  • 15Sampsted
  • 14ÁrnasonBooked at 56mins
  • 5Ingason
  • 18Magnússon
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 21TraustasonSubstituted forSigurdssonat 71'minutes
  • 4PálssonSubstituted forAF Skúlasonat 89'minutes
  • 16SigurjónssonSubstituted forGudmundssonat 40'minutesBooked at 65mins
  • 8Bjarnason
  • 22BödvarssonSubstituted forSigthorssonat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Eyjólfsson
  • 6R Sigurdsson
  • 7Gudmundsson
  • 9Sigthorsson
  • 10Sigurdsson
  • 11Fridjónsson
  • 12Kristinsson
  • 13Rúnarsson
  • 19Hermannsson
  • 20Gudmundsson
  • 23AF Skúlason
Referee:
Srdjan Jovanovic

Match Stats

Home TeamGermanyAway TeamIceland
Possession
Home81%
Away19%
Shots
Home15
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Germany 3, Iceland 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Germany 3, Iceland 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Arnór Sigurdsson (Iceland) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Iceland. Ari Freyr Skulason replaces Victor Pálsson.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Iceland. Kolbeinn Sigthorsson replaces Jón Dadi Bödvarsson.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Florian Neuhaus (Germany).

  7. Post update

    Aron Gunnarsson (Iceland) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Emre Can (Germany) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Albert Gudmundsson (Iceland).

  10. Post update

    Jamal Musiala (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Hördur Magnússon (Iceland).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Germany. Amin Younes replaces Serge Gnabry.

  13. Post update

    Matthias Ginter (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Alfons Sampsted (Iceland).

  15. Post update

    Joshua Kimmich (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Sverrir Ingason (Iceland).

  17. Post update

    Jamal Musiala (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Victor Pálsson (Iceland).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Germany. Timo Werner replaces Leroy Sané.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Germany. Jamal Musiala replaces Kai Havertz.

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