Germany cruise past Norway

A Thomas Muller brace helped Germany run out comfortable 3-0 winners against Norway at the Ullevaal Stadion in Oslo in their first World Cup qualifying Group C match.

The Germans dominated the match from start to finish, holding nearly 70 percent of the possession throughout and hitting 19 shot on goal to their hosts’ four.

Muller struck in the 16th minute to give the visitors a well-deserved lead before he turned provider for Joshua Kimmich to double their advantage on the stroke of half time.

The Bayern Munich striker rounded up a stand-out performance by completing his brace on 60 minutes.

Germany could perhaps have scored more, but they will be delighted by the performance on the night.

Elsewhere, the Czech Republic and Norway played to a dull 0-0 draw at the Generali Arena, while Ruslan Gurbanov’s 45th minute strike was enough to give Azerbaijan a 1-0 win over San Marino at the San Marino Stadium.

Despite missing a 72nd minute penalty, Christian Eriken’s 16th minute goal at Telia Parken proved enough to claim victory over Armenia.

Romania missed a glorious opportunity to take all three points in a 1-1 draw with Montenegro after the side’s traded goals in the 85th and 87th minutes through Adrian Popa and Stevan Jovetic respectively.

The home side was awarded a dramatic penalty in the seventh minute of second half stoppage time, but Nicolae Stanciu failed to convert from the spot and the points were shared.

Poland will be disappointed to have let a two-goal lead slip to fall to a 2-2 draw against Kazakhstan at the Astana Arena.

Bartosz Kapustka gave the visitors the lead in the ninth minute before Robert Lewandowski doubled the lead from the penalty spot on 35 minutes.

However, they took their foot off the pedal and were made to pay as Sergey Khizhnichenko’s brace in the 51st and 58th minute pulled the sides level and grabbed the hosts an impressive point.

Adam Lallana scored deep into injury time with virtually the last kick of the game to give England a shaky 1-0 win against Slovakia in Sam Allardyce’s first match in charge of the Three Lions at Arena Trnava.

Slovenia also left it late against Lithuania as Bostjan Cesar’s 93rd minute goal gave them a 2-2 draw at LFF Stadionas after a three minute double salvo from Fedor Cernych and Vykintas Slivka in the 32nd and 34th minutes had given the hosts an impressive lead.

Rene Krhin pulled one back in the 77th minute before Cesar netted the dramatic equaliser.

In the final match of the evening, Scotland ran riot against nine-man Malta at the Ta’Qali National Stadium picking up a 5-1 win.

Robert Snodgrass opened the scoring in the 10th minute before Alfred Effiong equalised four minutes later. Chris Martin restored the visitors lead in the 53rd minute and things went from bad to worse for the hosts when Jonathan Caruana was given his marching orders in the 59th minute.

Snodgrass netted his second from the penalty spot two minutes later before Steven Fletcher made it 4-1 with 22 minutes left on the clock.

The Hull City midfielder then completed the scoring and his hattrick with a well-taken finish in the 84th minute.

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