Champion Germany flawless in best WCup qualifying campaign


Germany crushed Azerbaijan 5-1 on Sunday with talented Leon Goretzka scoring twice, to complete a record-equalling World Cup qualifying campaign with ten wins out of ten matches. "We scored more than two, three goals in almost every match".

Germany won every game in their qualifying group as they booked their place in Russian Federation, scoring 43 goals and conceding just four, and should head into the World Cup as heavy favourites.

Joachim Low provided a worrying injury update on Arsenal centre-back Shkodran Mustafi after the Germany worldwide limped off during a 5-1 win over Azerbaijan.

Incredible as it seems, there is now a genuine prospect of the 2018 World Cup taking place in Russian Federation without football's most iconic current players. "We did it well, great, 10 wins, best goal difference", Loew said.

Norway became the only side other than Germany to score against Michael O'Neill's side through Chris Brunt's own-goal midway through the second half.

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"It was hard at the start".

Low expects the centre-back to be out of action for the foreseeable future, telling reporters: "With Mustafi it seems that it is some muscle tear or some muscle fibre tear".

Sandro Wagner should have doubled the lead on the half-hour mark but his casual effort was palmed onto the post by the keeper.

Ruediger headed Germany's third goal, two minutes before Goretzka claimed his second, and Emre Can wrapped it up late with a brilliant strike from distance.