Germany became the first team to stamp the ticket to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup after winning North Macedonia 4-0 and thereby secure first place in its qualifying group on Monday.
Germany needed a win over North Macedonia and an Armenia loss or draw to qualify with two games to spare and got just that. Romania defeated Armenia 1-0 and goals from Kai Havertz, Timo Werner (two) and Jamal Musiala powered the Germans to a 4-0 win in Skopje.
Die Mannschaft have had a tumultuous 12 months, with the qualifying loss to North Macedonia, a 6-0 defeat to Spain in the Nations League in November, a round-of-16 exit to England at the Euros and the departure of longtime coach Joachim Löw.
Following Low’s exit, former Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick has come in and steadied the ship by winning all five of his World Cup qualifiers since his appointment.
Other teams in line to join Germany at Qatar 2022
Other than Germany 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.
For what will be their maiden appearance at the tournament however, Felix Sanchez’s side have actually run a schedule in tandem with UEFA qualifying Group A.
They have played the spare side from the quintet consisting of Portugal, Serbia, the Republic of Ireland, Luxembourg and Azerbaijan during the international breaks this year.
Denmark can also clinch its group on Tuesday with a win against Austria. The Danes have dominated their group, winning all seven of their World Cup qualifiers with a +26 goal difference and without conceding a single goal.
Even if no other sides manage to book their spots before club football returns this weekend, a whole host of nations will have officially confirmed their berth by the end of November.