2022 World Cup: Germany Become The First Team To Qualify
Germany have become the first nation to pick their ticket for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar out of 32teams that will participate in the tournament after running out comfortable 4-0 winners against North Macedonia in UEFA Group J.
Hansi Flick’s side booked their spot in the Middle East for next year’s showpiece tournament, having cruised through their qualification campaign with relative ease.
Now, they can look forward to discovering who they will face just over a year from now, as they look to recapture their Brazil 2014 success eight years on after a frustrating Euro 2020.
Heading into Monday’s match in Group J, Flick and company needed only to defeat their hosts in Skopje and hope that Armenia dropped points against Romania elsewhere.
On the road, the visitors held up their end of the bargain, with goals for Chelsea duo Kai Havertz and Timo Werner, plus a first finish for Jamal Musiala, seeing off any chance of a second upset after their reverse loss in March.
Outside of the European nations who have officially staked their flag at next year’s tournament, the only other side to be in the hat are the hosts – Qatar themselves.
It is customary for the host nation to receive an automatic passage through to the finals, and they usually spend the qualification cycle playing a spate of friendlies.
For what will be their maiden appearance at the tournament, however, Felix Sanchez’s side have run a schedule in tandem with UEFA qualifying Group A.