Covid-blighted Germany crushed Armenia in their final World Cup qualifier, extending coach Hansi Flick’s winning record to seven games.
Germany finished Group J with 27 points out of a possible 30 thanks to goals from Kai Havertz, Ilkay Gundogan, and Jonas Hofmann.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Armenia’s captain, scored a consolation goal from the penalty spot to make the score 3-1. Armenia’s limited chances of making the play-offs were shattered by their defeat.
Germany, who were missing five players due to defender Niklas Sule’s Covid illness, got off to a fast start, with Havertz hitting the post in the opening five minutes. The Chelsea midfielder scored the game’s first goal in the 15th minute, tapping home a low Hofmann cross, before Gundogan scored a penalty just before halftime.
When goalie Stanislav Buchnev mishandled his feeble effort, the Manchester City man doubled his score immediately after the break. Just before the hour mark, Mkhitaryan equalized, but Hofmann restored Germany’s three-goal lead less than five minutes later.
Source: BBC Sport