Saturday’s European World Cup round-up

There were plenty of goals in an entertaining evening of World Cup qualifying fixtures, as Germany, England, Northern Ireland and Poland all won while Scotland were held by Lithuania.

The shock result result of the round saw Azerbaijan edge Norway 1-0 with Maksim Medvedev on target on 11 minutes at the Baku National Stadium.

Romania were devastating in their 5-0 demolition of Armenia in the city of Yerevan where Bogdan Stancu scored first from a fourth minute penalty.

Adrian Popa added a second on 10 minutes with Rzvan Marin on target a minute later before the game was put to bed after just 29 minutes when Nicolae Stanciu added a fourth. The second half was a less frenetic affair with only Alexandru Chipciu on target just before the hour mark.

Montenegro put five past Kazakhstan with no reply, with goals from five different goalscorers – in Zarko Tomasevic (24), Nikola Vukevi (59), Stevan Jovetic (64), Fatos Beqiraj (73) and Stefan Savic (78).

Gareth Southgate’s interim rule as England boss got off to a winning start as his side overcame Malta 2-0. It probably should have been more but goals from Daniel Sturridge on 29 minutes and Dele Alli on 38 minutes, were enough to secure an important three points.

Germany were far too strong for the Czech Republic as Thomas Muller bagged a brace, with goals in the 13th and 65th minutes, while Toni Kroos got in on the act five minutes after the half-time break.

Northern Ireland initially struggled but eventually ran out with a convincing 4-0 victory over San Marino.

Steven Davis got the ball rolling with a 26th-minute penalty before Kyle Lafferty made sure of the points with 79 minutes played. They left it late, but finally got the goals their play deserved, as Jamie Ward added a third five minutes before the end, with Lafferty getting his second of the night four minutes into stoppage time.

Robert Lewandowski netted a hat-trick as Poland edged Denmark 3-2.

The prolific Bayern Munich striker netted scored his first with 20 minutes played before stepping up to fire home from the spot on 36 minutes. He bagged his third just two minutes into the second half but a 49th minute own goal from Kamil Glik ahead of a goal on 69 minutes from Yussuf Poulsen, ensured a tense finish for the Poles.

Scotland were heading for defeat in their home clash with Lithuania as forward Fedor Chernykh hit the back of the net on the hour mark with a brilliant team effort, but James McArthur popped up with a crucial header a minute from time – to ensure a share of the spoils for his side.

And in the final match, Slovenia managed to beat Slovakia 1-0 with Rok Kronaveter the only goal scorer with 74 minutes of their match played at the Stadion Stozice in Ljubljana.

Results in full:

Azerbaijan 1-0 Norway
Armenia 0-5 Romania
Montenegro 5-0 Kazakhstan
England 2-0 Malta
Germany 3-0 Czech Republic
Northern Ireland 4-0 San Marino
Poland 3-2 Denmark
Scotland 1-1 Lithuania
Slovenia 1-0 Slovaki

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