Germany overpower Czech Republic

Fox in the box – Nenad Krsticic

Germany were at their dominant best as they eased past the Czech Republic 3-0 in their World Cup qualifying match at the Volksparkstadion on Saturday.

  • Muller opens the scoring on 13 minutes
  • Kroos adds a second on 49 minutes
  • Neuer has a quiet night in goal
  • Muller nets his second on 65 minutes

Match summary:

Thomas Muller ended his goal drought when he opened the scoring on 13 minutes before Toni Kroos added a second with five second half minutes played. And not content with scoring just one, the Bayern attacker bagged his second with 25 minutes to play.

Full report:

The hosts took control of this tie from the off with Muller neatly placing his shot into the bottom corner of Tomas Vaclik's net, via a slight deflection, after Mario Gotze's floated cross from the left came off Mesut Ozil before falling at the feet of Muller.

Julian Draxler was next to try his luck with a curling shot that flew just wide of the post as he latched onto a fantastic long-range ball from Jerome Boateng.

Muller then forced Vaclik into a good save low down to his left before Joshua Kimmich came close with a rasping effort that Vaclik turned round his goal with one hand at the end of the first half.

Any hopes the visitors had of starting the second half on the front foot were put to bed when Toni Kroos swept home from the edge of the box after being fed by Kimmich, who had made his way down the right flank before picking out his teammate.

Manuel Neuer, who had very little to do all evening, then had to be alert as Borek Dockal fizzed a shot goalward.

And that stop aided Germany more that just denying the Czech a goal as Muller went up the other end to deftly finish a Jonas Hector crosses from the left and make it 3-0.

Dockal has Neuer scrambling with a powerful effort that just missed the right hand post before Kimmich was denied as Vaclik was able to palm away a header that was dropping inside the far post.

Germany continued to attack with Benedikt Howedes eager to add to his side's tally late on as he raced into the area but Vaclik was equal to his poked effort as he stuck out a leg to deflect the ball away from danger.

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