Romania's World Cup hopes rocked by stalemate with Iceland

Romania lost ground in the race for World Cup qualification as they were held to a 0-0 draw at home by Iceland in their Group J clash on Thursday.

The point left Romania third on 14 points, one behind North Macedonia who thrashed Armenia 5-0 away. Germany, who hammered Liechtenstein 9-0, had already qualified for the finals as group winners.

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To finish second and make the playoffs, Romania must win away to Liechtenstein in their final group game on Sunday and hope Iceland can get at least a draw in North Macedonia.

Ianis Hagi came closest to breaking the deadlock for Romania, firing a right-foot shot against the post in the 85th minute as Iceland held on for the draw.