Friday’s European World Cup qualifying round-up

There were some big wins in Friday's round of World Cup qualifiers as Germany routed San Marino, while Northern Ireland thrashed Azerbaijan.

France moved to the top of Group A as they came from a goal down to beat Sweden 2-1 at the Stade de France.

After a goalless first half, Emil Forsberg (54') opened the scoring for the visitors but Paul Pogba restored parity just three minutes later before Dimitri Payet completed the comeback win on 65 minutes.

Meanwhile, Germany put San Marino to the sword as the world champions ran out comprehensive 8-0 victors at the Stadio Olimpico di Serravalle.

Sami Khedira kicked off the goal-glut after just seven minutes before Serge Gnabry (9', 58', 76') bagged a hat-trick, Jonas Hector (32', 65') added a brace and a Mattia Stefanelli own-goal on 82 minutes plus a Kevin Volland strike three minutes later wrapped up the massive win.

Elsewhere, England maintained their unbeaten start to the qualifying campaign with a 3-0 success over neighbours Scotland at Wembley.

Daniel Sturridge headed the Auld Enemy in front on 24 minutes, before further headers from Adam Lallana (50') and Gary Cahill (61') in the second half sealed a comfortable victory for Gareth Southgate's side.

Northern Ireland breathed new life into their qualifying campaign as they gave Azerbaijan a 4-0 hammering at Windsor Park.

First-half goals from Kyle Lafferty (27') and Gareth McAuley (40') put the hosts in the driving seat, before Conor McLaughlin (66') and Chris Brunt (83') sealed a convincing win after the break.

A late brace from Robert Lewandowski helped Poland beat Romania 3-0 at the Arena Nationala.

Kamil Grosicki gave the visitors an 11th-minute lead but they had to wait until the closing stages to seal all three points as Lewandowski (82', 90') struck twice in the final eight minutes.

Friday's results in full:

Armenia 3-2 Montenegro

France 2-1 Sweden

Czech Republic 2-1 Norway

Northern Ireland 4-0 Azerbaijan

San Marino 0-8 Germany

Denmark 4-1 Kazakhstan

Romania 0-3 Poland

England 3-0 Scotland

Malta 0-1 Slovenia

Slovakia 4-0 Lithuania

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