Germany confirms place in World Cup 2018 in Russia
Poriborton Desk 8:43 pm, September 02, 2017
Germany continued on the road to qualifying for next year's World Cup in Russia by dispatching the Czech Republic in Prague to make it seven wins out of seven as they top Group C with 21 points. A fourth minute goal from Timo Werner was cancelled out by a 78th minute equaliser from Hertha Berlin's Vladimir Darida.
But a late winner from Bayern Munich's Mats Hummels re-established the lead with only two minutes to go - and with three games left to play the Germans are five points clear of second-placed Northern Ireland.
World champions Germany faced a double header during the first international break of the 2017-18 season as Joachim Low looked to steer his team towards qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Low's side began kick-off sitting pretty at the top of Group C on 18 points after winning six out of six. They host Norway in Stuttgart on Monday but before that faced a testing trip to the 21,000 Eden Stadium in Prague .
At kick-off the Czech's languished in third place on nine points from six matches, four points behind Michael O'Neill's impressive North Ireland team who sat in the second and final automatic qualifying spot.
Germany began the match as strong favourites after remaining unbeaten in their last 29 World Cup qualifying matches with 24 wins and five draws in a match that was a repeat of the 1996 European Championship final at Wembley.
The Germans won 2-1 that night and made a bright start by scoring after four minutes on Friday evening through 21-year-old Timo Werner.
Arsenal's Mesut Ozil had a hand in helping the RB Leipzig forward to put the Germans ahead, a far cry from his poor performance for the Gunners during their crushing 4-0 loss at Anfield on Sunday.
The goal was the quickest scored by Die Mannschaft since 2013 to make it four games in his last four games for his national side.
Germany were always in control in the opening 45 minutes and deservedly went into the break 1-0 up.
The Czech's started the second half the stronger side with Borussia Mönchengladbach's Lars Stindl firing a shot that ter-Stegen saved comfortably.
But the Germans failed to heed the lesson as Herta Berlin's Darida equalised with a stunning effort with only 12 minutes to go.
However, the Germans showed their class and never-say-die spirit with Hummels late header to ensure three points to the visitors.
Source: Daily Mail
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