Romania vs. Germany: FIFA World Cup qualifying probable line-ups, match stats and LIVE blog!
Germany will aim to continue their perfect start to the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers when they face Romania at Arena Nationala on Sunday.
Matchday 2 of the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers will be played out over the weekend, with the majority of the games scheduled for Sunday. Germany will be in action in their second Group J tie on the day when they travel to Arena Nationala to lock horns with Romania.
Romania started off their qualifying campaign for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in a nervy fashion but held on to beat North Macedonia 3-2, with Ianis Hagi scoring a late goal to seal all three points. The result meant that Mirel Radoi’s men are now unbeaten in their last three games, which bodes well for them ahead of the big game this weekend.
Opponents Germany, on the other hand, kicked things off in Group J of the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers in fine fashion, easing past Iceland with a 3-0 win in Duisburg earlier this week. The victory meant that Die Mannschaft began their final year under the tutelage of Joachim Low strongly and will aim to continue that form heading into Sunday’s clash.
Germany ran out 3-0 victors the last time they clashed with Romania and ahead of the latest meeting between the two sides, The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at the encounter.
Mirel Radoi has seen one forced change to his squad ahead of the game against Germany this weekend. The Romania head coach has seen Florinel Coman withdraw his name from the squad due to a thigh injury.
There are no other major concerns, though, meaning Radoi should name a strong starting eleven versus Germany. In goal, Florin Nita is a certainty, with Romania set to line up in a 4-3-3 formation in front of the 33-year-old.
Captain Vlad Chiriches will have a huge role to play in the four-man backline, looking to keep the defence organised and disciplined. Chiriches will have Alin Tosca for company at the heart of the Romania defence, with Nicusor Bancu and Andrei Burca being the two full-backs.
Up ahead in midfield, Alexandru Cretu could be picked to sit at the base of the three-man unit, where he will look to keep things tight. Nicolae Stanciu and Alexandru Maxim will provide defensive support to Cretu while offering the forward thrust needed during transitions.
Finally, in attack, Claudiu Keseru will lead the line for Romania against Germany, with Ianis Hagi and Florin Tanase being the two wide men high up the pitch.