World Cup qualification
Germany finish with win, Stanišić and Croatia book World Cup ticket
The German national team concluded their World Cup qualifying campaign with an away win. Having already qualified as group winners, coach Hansi Flick’s side made it nine wins from 10 in Group J with a convincing 4-1 victory over Armenia in Yerevan. Kai Havertz (15’), Ilkay Gündogan (45+4’ pen, 50’) and Jonas Hofmann (64’) were the scorers for Germany, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan (59’ pen) replying for the hosts. Thomas Müller and Leroy Sané were the only Bayern players in the squad and were substituted together on the hour mark.
Captain Müller with an assist
Müller captained the German side and had a hand in two of the goals. The opener from Havertz came from a nice one-two between Müller and Hofmann, and the 32-year-old also set up Gündogan for his second goal. Die Mannschaft finished on 27 points, nine ahead of North Macedonia, who go through to the play-offs.
Stanišić books World Cup ticket with Croatia
Congratulations to Josip Stanišić! The Bayern defender and the Croatian national team secured their place in next year’s tournament in Qatar on the final matchday of qualification. In torrential conditions in Split, Zlatko Dalić’s side beat Russia 1-0 to steal top spot in Group H. The 2018 World Cup runners-up triumphed thanks to an unlucky own goal from Russia’s Fedor Kudryashov in the 81st minute. Stanišić came on in the 86th minute in place of Hoffenheim’s Andrej Kramarić.
Sarr victorious with Senegal
Bouna Sarr celebrated his fourth win in his fourth international for Senegal. The Bayern right-back played the 90 minutes as the Lions of Teranga saw off Congo 2-0 in their final game in Group H on Sunday evening. His namesake Ismaila Sarr netted a first-half brace for the West Africans, who have dominated the group and had already qualified for the finals in Qatar.
France have also qualified for the finals 👇