Germany wrap up year with win as North Macedonia reach play-offs

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Germany finished a roller-coaster year with a 4-1 win in Armenia on Sunday, with North Macedonia grabbing second place behind the Germans in Group J to reach the World Cup play-offs. Germany had already qualified for Qatar next November but rounded off 2021 in style thanks to Kai Havertz, Ilkay Guendogan’s double and Jonas Hofmann in Yerevan, with the likes of Manuel Neuer and Marco Reus rested in a rotated line-up. Hansi Flick has presided over a record seven wins from his first seven games as Germany coach, just months after a disjointed side were dumped out of Euro 2020 in the last 16 under…

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