In form Jonas Hoffman capped off a comfortable victory for Hansi Flick’s Germany over Armenia this evening in what marks their ninth win from ten qualifying games.
The scoreline was opened in the 15th minute when Thomas Müller’s tidy pass gave Hoffman the time and space to fire the ball across the face of Armenia’s goal. With Kai Havertz lurking in a poachers position, the Chelsea star took his chance and fired into the bottom-left corner.
With the away side continuing to dominate, referee Francois Letexier had no choice but to award them a penalty just before half-time, following Taron Voskanyan’s foul on Florian Neuhaus. As İlkay Gündoğan stepped up, there wasn’t much doubt he was going to disappoint. Armenia 0-2 Germany.
Despite a 15 minute interval to come up with a plan B, Amenia didn’t start the second half too well. A classic German press eventually lead the ball to Gündoğan on the edge of their box. With a spring in his step and goal to his name, the midfielder shot and ruined goalkeeper Stanislav Buchnev’s international debut, as the ball rolled through his hands.
As the Armenia manager, Joaquín Caparrós searched for a miracle, who else but Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored from the spot to spark hope back into his nation’s fans. However, with 30 minutes to go, the Roma player’s efforts amounted to nothing but consolation. Not long after, his stray pass lead to Hoffman being able to charge down the wing and slot the ball home.