World Cup qualifying round-up: Germans stroll to win, Azerbaijan shock Norway
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 08/10/16 10:52pm
Thomas Muller scored twice as Germany continued their cruise towards another World Cup finals with a second consecutive 3-0 victory in qualifying Group C on Saturday.
Joachim Low's side followed up their opening triumph in Norway with an identical result against the Czech Republic in Hamburg and the result could easily have been more emphatic.
Muller fired a low opener past Czech keeper Tomas Vaclik in the 13th minute and, after Toni Kroos added a second, Muller completed the scoring with his second midway through the second half.
Also in Group C, Northern Ireland were made to sweat before recording a 4-0 win over 10-man San Marino in Belfast.
Azerbaijan maintained their improbable 100 per cent start in Group C as Maksim Medvedev's early strike proved enough to secure a shock 1-0 win over Norway in Baku.
England's latest new era under Gareth Southgate kicked off with a predictably low-key 2-0 win over Group F rivals Malta at Wembley.
Scotland rode their luck to grab a 1-1 draw against Lithuania at Hampden Park thanks to a late headed equaliser from James McArthur.
In the other game in Group F, substitute Rok Kronaveter scored the only goal of the game as Slovenia edged past Slovakia 1-0 in Ljubljana.
In Group E, Robert Lewandowski's hat-trick gave Poland a 3-2 win over Denmark, despite Kamil Glik's own goal and Yussuf Poulsen's strike bringing the game back into the balance.
Romania cruised past 10-man Armenia 5-0. Bogdan Stancu scored an early penalty after Gor Malakyan was sent off and Adrian Popa, Razvan Marin, Nicolae Stanciu and Alexandru Chipciu completed a convincing win.
Montenegro routed Kazakhstan by the same scoreline with goals from Zarko Tomasevic, Nikola Vukcevic, Stevan Jovetic, Fatos Beqiraj and Stefan Savic.
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