“Der Panzer stats under Hansi Flick.”
NBCNEWS – Hansi Flick extends his win as Germany coach. Joachim Loew’s successor recorded seven straight wins after overcoming host Armenia, 4-1, in the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers.
Under the control of Flick, who won the Champions League with Bayern Munich in 2019/2020, Germany have scored 31 goals and conceded just two.
— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) November 14, 2021
His seven games include two wins apiece against Armenia and Liechtenstein, and Flick’s Germany have yet to face any of the world’s top teams.
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Flick replaced Loew after Germany were knocked out of England in the last 16 of Euro 2020. He has won all Der Panzer games since then for the best starting record of any German coach.
Even so, Flick is considered untested. Germany only met mediocre teams like North Macedonia, Romania, Armenia, Iceland, Liechtenstein.
Therefore, it is not surprising that Der Panzer has collected 36 goals and only conceded four goals. They are increasingly firmly at the top with a collection of 27 points, nine points ahead of North Macedonia in second position.
Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Guendogan scored twice as Germany, who qualified last month, finished top of Group J. Kai Havertz got Germany started against Armenia when he tapped in a low cross from Jonas Hofmann.
The last name completes the party Der Panzer after scoring Germany’s fourth goal. Meanwhile Henrikh Mkhitaryan pulled one back through a penalty for Armenia.
In the other Group J match, North Macedonia beat Iceland 3-1 to stay competitive at the World Cup in what has been a great year for the Balkan nation making its European Cup debut.
North Macedonia needed a win over Iceland to stay ahead of Romania who beat Liechtenstein 2-0.
Ezgjan Alioski put North Macedonia ahead in the seventh minute, but Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson equalized for Iceland just after the break.
Eljif Elmas put North Macedonia back in front soon after, reacting quickly to score on the rebound when Alioski’s two shots were blocked in quick succession.
Elmas scored again late in the match to extend his side’s lead after Iceland had 18-year-old Isak Bergmann Johannesson sent off for two yellow cards.
North Macedonia will be one of the underdogs in the March playoffs, when 12 teams will play for the three 2022 World Cup spots.