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SKOPJE (North Macedonia): Germany is the first country to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar after booking its place on Monday with an error-strewn 4-0 win in North Macedonia, Associated Press reports.

Germany stretched its lead in the group to an unassailable eight points with two rounds of games remaining.

Kai Havertz broke the deadlock in the 50th minute before Chelsea clubmate Timo Werner’s quickfire double helped Germany compensate for its surprise 2-1 loss to North Macedonia in Duisburg in March.

Jamal Musiala got the fourth goal for Hansi Flick’s team in the 83rd, set up by fellow substitute Karim Adeyemi.

Flick has overseen five wins since he took over from Joachim Löw after the summer’s European Championship.

“We got what we wanted – to qualify as quickly as possible,” Flick said.

Ionuţ Mitriță’s 26th-minute goal was enough for Romania to beat Armenia 1-0 in Bucharest.

Iceland defeated Liechtenstein 4-0 in the other group game.

Romania moved to second in the group on 13 points, one ahead of North Macedonia and Armenia on 12. Iceland has eight points and Liechtenstein one from a draw with Armenia in September.

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