Germany’s tremendous win in their WCQ was defaced by injuries to both Shkodran Mustafi and Niklas Sule, as Joachim Low reveals the Arsenal defender tore his thigh muscle in Germany’s far-reaching 5-1 World Cup qualifying win over sloppy Azerbaijan on Sunday.
Shkodran Mustafi pulled up grasping his hamstring in the build-up to Azerbaijan’s equalizer in the first half of the game and was quickly replaced by Matthias Ginter.
Niklas Sule was likewise pulled back in the first half with an injury, however, the clash will be remembered with another show of fluent attacking football that wrapped up Germany’s World Cup qualifying effort.
A double from Leon Goretzka, goals from both Emre Can and Sandro Wagner, plus an added own-goal bonus from Badavi Huseynov, secured each of the three points and guaranteed that Germany is the only Europen team to qualify having won every one of their 10 WCQ games
After the match, Low affirmed the 25-year-old had suffered a tear and could be sidelined for a long time.
“With Mustafi it seems that it is some muscle tear or some muscle fibre tear,” Low said. “In any case, it could force him to a long break.”