(EFE) – A goal by Serge Gnabry gave Germany a tight 0-1 victory against Romania in a duel in which, despite their territorial dominance, Joachim Löw’s team had difficulties in the first half to generate scoring chances and in the second he failed in front of the opposing goal.
In the final minutes, Romania, who had done little in attack, had two arrivals that were able to turn a match in which they stayed alive thanks to saves from goalkeeper Florin Nita.
Germany took to the field with the same team that had beaten Iceland 3-0, but their performance did not reach the same level of that match.
In the 16th minute the goal came in a play that originated with a long pass from Antonio Rüdiger that surpassed the Romanian defense and left Havertz in the area, where he launched a cross and Gnabry scored from close range.
Then, with the exception of a Joshua Kimmich shot to the crossbar from outside the area in the 19th minute, the German chances were conspicuous by their absence despite clear territorial dominance.
The defensive key for the Romanians was trying to get Kimmich out of the game, which made it difficult for Germany to circulate the ball in search of spaces.
In the second part, Germany created more danger. Nita had more work than in the first half and shone against shots from Loen Goretzka, in minute 50, Ganbry, in minute 58, and Gundogan, in minute 59.
Then, at 63, Sané missed a great chance by shooting wide inside the small area behind a wall with Gnabry. Later, in the 79th minute, it was Timo Werner who failed against Nita.
In 70 and 90 the Romanian occasions arrived at the feet of Puscas and Stanciu.
The draw would have been an excessive reward for Romania and a punishment for the lack of effectiveness of the German forward.