Germany maintain perfect record

Germany made it five wins from five in World Cup qualifying as they ran out 4-1 victors against Azerbaijan at Tofiq Bahramov Republican Stadium on Sunday.

  • Azerbaijan 1 Germany 4
  • Nazarov cancels out Schurrle's opener
  • Muller restores Germany's lead
  • Gomez also on target before HT
  • Schurrle scores his second late on

Match Summary

The world champions took the lead through Andre Schurrle on 19 minutes, but they were pegged back 12 minutes later by Dima Nazarov's equaliser.

Joachim Low's responded quickly to score twice before half-time, courtesy of goals from Thomas Muller and Mario Gomez before Schurrle wrapped up the win in the closing stages.

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The hosts did their best to make Die Mannschaft work for a result, but after Jonas Hector went close with a shot from distance that flew past the left post on 17 minutes, the deadlock was broken just two minutes later.

Hector was the provider with a cross on the left that found Schurrle, who took advantage of poor marking to pounce from close range.

However, Milli were back on level terms in the 31 minute as Nazarov got on the end of Afran Ismayilov's cross to slot home into the bottom-right corner of the goal.

The Germans' response was swift, though, with a mistake from Ismayilov on 36 minutes allowing Schurrle to play in Muller, who rounded the keeper to score from inside the area on the left.

Ismayilov looked to make amends as he combined with Nazarov to fire just wide of the right post in the 42nd minute, but Azerbaijan found themselves further behind soon afterwards as Gomez connected with Joshua Kimmich's cross to head past Kamran Ayayev on the stroke of half-time.

Nazarov almost pulled one back in the opening minute of the second half as he drew a fine save out of Bernd Leno with an effort from outside the box, although Gomez, Muller, Schurrle and Khedira all threatened to put the game to bed.

But the fourth goal would eventually arrive nine minutes from time as Hector again picked out Schurrle inside the box and the Borussia Dortmund forward blasted the ball into the roof of the net.