• Germany become first team to qualify for 2022 World Cup

    Four-time champions Germany became the first country to join hosts Qatar in booking a spot at the 2022 Fifa World Cup with a 4-0 thrashing of North Macedonia in Skopje 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.

    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.

    Meanwhile, Memphis Depay struck twice as the Netherlands eased past Gibraltar 6-0 to remain top of the Group G standings following their comfortable win in De Kuip, Rotterdam.

    In other Fifa World Cup qualifier results:

    Netherlands 6-0 Gibraltar
    Cyprus 2-2 Malta
    Romania 1-0 Armenia
    Belarus 0-2 Czech Republic
    Estonia 0-1 Wales
    Iceland 4-0 Liechtenstein
    Croatia 2-2 Slovakia
    North Macedonia 0-4 Germany
    Slovenia 1-2 Russia
    Latvia 1-2 Turkey
    Norway 2-0 Montenegro