Berlin, October 8, 2021 (AFP). Germany captain Manuel Neuer was a surprising omission from Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Romania after he dropped out due to an adductor injury.

Marc-Andre terstegen of Barcelona was the substitute goalkeeper for Bayern Munich. Joshua Kimmich was the captain of the German midfielders.

Germany was four points clear of third-placed Romanians at the top of their qualifying groups, five more than Germany. Germany will now play North Macedonia in Hamburg in their next qualifier.