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Romania vs Germany: Predictions
Both Romania and Germany came flying out the traps in midweek, kickstarting their respective qualification campaigns with opening-day wins, but in very contrasting styles, with the former requiring a late Ianis Hagi goal to seal a tense 3-2 win over North Macedonia, while the latter made light work of Iceland.
Mirel Radoi’s side looked to have surrendered a two-goal lead late on in their curtain raiser, after North Macedonia rallied to score twice within the space of a minute, but Tricolorii refused to lie down, and it was the name ‘Hagi’ on the tip of every Romania fan’s tongues once again.
Son of the great Gheorghe, Ianis kept the ‘Hagi’ dynasty alive with his late flourish against North Macedonia, and the Rangers winger will now be hoping to guide his nation to a first World Cup since his father captained Tricolorii at the 1998 games in France.
It was a routine night for Germany in their group opener, completely outplaying and dominating a one-sided 3-0 affair against Iceland, and although Joachim Low has already confirmed he will be stepping down as national coach after Euro 2020, he will want to leave Die Mannschaft in a strong position for his successor.
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Romania vs Germany: Match Stats
There are few superlatives left to describe Ilkay Gundogan, who has imbued a sense of wonder at both club and international level since the turn of the year, finding a prolific scoring streak that has taken his game to a new level, with the 30-year-old now on 13 goals in 2021 for Man City and Germany combined.
So, it may be a case that Germany are just too strong once again for a Romania side who showed heart and steel against North Macedonia, but the dominance of Die Mannschaft against Iceland was so one-sided that it was almost comical, with the four-time world champions frighteningly superior.
12 Sep 2007 – Germany 3-1 Romania – International Friendly
28 Apr 2004 – Romania 5-1 Germany – International Friendly
12 Jun 2000 – Germany 1-1 Romania – Euro 2000
05 Sep 1998 – Germany 1-1 Romania – International Friendly
17 Jun 1984 – Germany 2-1 Romania – Euro 1984
It’s been 14 years since these two nations last took to the field together, and over two decades since they met in a competitive setting. For Romania, a 5-1 friendly win in 2004, in which goals from Mihaita Plesan, Razvan Rat, Ionel Danciulescu (two) and Gabriel Caramarin sealed an emphatic triumph, remains a evocative fixture. As does the 0-0 in Group A of Euro 2000, in which Romania finished above both Germany and England, famously sealing a 3-2 win over the latter, to reach the quarter-finals.