Rangers star Ianis Hagi’s World Cup hopes received a major boost as Romania defeated Armenia 1-0 in Bucharest.
Hagi ended last week bitterly disappointed despite scoring a fabulous solo goal against Germany in Hamburg, as the hosts turned things around in the second half to win 2-1.
The defeat left Tricolorii fourth in Group J behind Germany, North Macedonia and Armenia.
However, with Hagi and co. facing Armenia and North Macedonia hosting Germany on Monday night, they had a chance to move up the table.
After his exploits in Hamburg, the 22-year-old Ger retained his place in the starting XI, playing on the right of a front three.
The hosts dominated the game, with 60% possession and 15 shots (five on target) to Armenia’s six (one on target) and a 26th-minute header from Alexandru Mitrita earned them all three points.
Hagi played 81 minutes before being replaced by Valentin Mihaila and received a WhoScored.com rating of 6.9.
He was one of only three members of the starting XI to be rated under 7, but he went close to scoring from a free-kick in the second half.
Crucially, with Germany thrashing North Macedonia 4-0, the win moved Romania up to second in Group J.
Germany have now qualified as group winners but if Hagi and co. can hold onto second spot, they’ll advance to the playoffs for the chance to make it to Qatar 2022.
Another Rangers star was also in action on Monday night, picking up a booking in a four-goal thriller.