Published: Mon, October 10, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Germany beats Czech Republic 3-0 in World Cup qualifying

With four goals, Germany forward Thomas Muller is leading the scoring list for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers in Europe, along with Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and Poland's Robert Lewandowski.

Thomas Mueller netted twice as Germany eased to an impressive 3-0 home win over the Czech Republic to keep them top of their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying group on Saturday.

Slovenia's Rok Kronaveter scored his first worldwide goal with his first touch of the ball after coming on as a substitute to give his side a 1-0 home win over Slovakia in a scrappy World Cup Group F qualifier.

Elsewhere in Group C, Northern Ireland defeated San Marino 4-0 in Belfast, and Maksim Medvedev's early goal was enough for Azerbaijan to beat Norway 1-0 in Baku, giving the team two wins in a World Cup group for the first time.

"They (the Czechs) tried to interfere with our game, at least early on, and so we have to put in exactly the same sort of display to be successful", said Loew.

"Then you noticed that, after 60 minutes, the opposition were dead".

"We built up our moves very well from the back".

"We're very serious about these two games (against the Czech Republic and Northern Ireland), we could have scored more goals, but we delivered a very concentrated performance", said Mueller. "The fans deserve some praise, the atmosphere was really good".

Jerome Boateng returned to the starting line-up for the home side, while Mario Gotze led the attack.

Germany head coach Joachim Low praised his team for killing off Czech Republic in the opening hour of their 3-0 win.

But with veteran midfielder Tomas Rosicky injured and goalkeeper Petr Cech now retired, Czech shot-stopper Tomas Vaclik had a busy night. Goetze's pass to Ozil was flicked on to the unmarked Mueller, who drilled his shot past Basel's Vaclik.

Germany continued to dominate as the first half went on, although they failed to add to the advantage due to a couple fine saves from Vaclik.

After the restart, Germany remained in control of the proceedings on the pitch as Toni Kroos slotted home Joshua Kimmich's square pass from outside of the box to make it 2-0 on the scoreboards with four minutes into the second half.

The goal allowed Germany to settle and stamp their authority on the game, with Julian Draxler screwing a shot wide of the far post soon after.

But Mueller killed off any vague notions of a comeback with his second two minutes later, converting Jonas Hector's cross from close range.

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