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WC Qualifiers Recap: Germany Run Riot; Rashford Save England


Round-up of Monday night's World Cup qualifying action in Europe.

World Cup holders Germany are not yet guaranteed a place in Russia despite making it eight wins from eight with a 6-0 thrashing of Norway.
Mesut Ozil opened the scoring after just 10 minutes and further goals from Julian Draxler and Timo Werner (two) effectively ended the contest before half-time, with substitutes Leon Goretzka and Mario Gomez completing the rout.

Northern Ireland kept Germany waiting for qualification and they remain firmly on course for a play-off spot after guaranteeing second place in Group C thanks to a 2-0 win over the Czech Republic.
First-half goals from the West Brom duo of Jonny Evans and Chris Brunt gave Michael O'Neill's side a fifth successive victory which virtually assures them of a place in November's play-offs.

The eight best runners-up from the nine European qualifying groups go into the play-offs.

In Group F, England are five points clear of Slovakia with two games remaining after beating their nearest rivals 2-1 at Wembley.
Marcus Rashford went from villain to hero after being dispossessed to allow Stanislav Lobotka to give the visitors a shock lead after three minutes, before providing the corner for Eric Dier's equaliser and then firing home the 59th-minute winner from 20 yards.

Scotland kept their qualifying hopes alive with a 2-0 win over Malta, Christophe Berra heading the opener after nine minutes and Leigh Griffiths adding a second just after the break.
Slovenia, like Scotland, are a point behind Slovakia after thrashing Lithuania 4-0, with Josip Ilicic scoring from the penalty spot in each half before late goals from Benjamin Verbic and Valter Birsa.

Poland regained control of Group E thanks to a 3-0 win over Kazakhstan, which came hours after Denmark had temporarily taken over top spot following a 4-1 win in Armenia.

Arek Milik, Kamil Glik and a penalty from Robert Lewandowski secured all three points for Poland, who are three points clear of Montenegro and Denmark.
Stevan Jovetic scored in the 75th minute to give Montenegro a hard-fought 1-0 home win over Romania, while a Thomas Delaney hat-trick and a superb free-kick from Christian Eriksen saw Denmark come from behind to win following Ruslan Koryan's brilliant opener for the home side


World Cup qualifying results
Group C
Azerbaijan 5-1 San Marino
Germany 6-0 Norway
Northern Ireland 2-0 Czech Republic

Group E
Armenia 1-4 Denmark
Montenegro 1-0 Romania
Poland 3-0 Kazakhstan

Group F
England 2-1 Slovakia
Scotland 2-0 Malta
Slovenia 4-0 Lithuania


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