UEFA World Cup qualifying: Germany eases past Czech Republic and more

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Thomas Muller’s brace helped propel Germany to a 3-0 win on Saturday against the Czech Republic, giving Joachim Low’s side the top spot in Group C.

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The Bayern Munich attacker netted on both sides of halftime, while Toni Kroos found his effort in the back of the net in the 49th minute.

Joshua Kimmich set up Kroos just four minutes into the second half, with the Real Madrid midfielder curling a low effort into the right corner to beat goalkeeper Tomás Vaclík.

The Germans will be back in action on Tuesday against Northern Ireland, while the Czechs will play host to Azerbaijan the same day.

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Elsewhere in Europe:

Group C

Azerbaijan 1-0 Norway

Maksim Medvedev gave the hosts the lead after 11 minutes, and Azerbaijan managed to hold the advantage the rest of the way.

Northern Ireland 4-0 San Marino

Three goals in the final 11 minutes helped secure a win for the Northern Irish after Steven Davis opened the scoring in the first half.

Group E

Armenia 0-5 Romania

An early Gor Malakyan red card did Armenia no help in the third minute. From there, the visitors found the back of the net five times through five different goalscorers, including Bogdan Stancu’s opener from the penalty spot.

Montenegro 5-0 Kazakhstan

Stevan Jovetic was among the goalscorers on Saturday for Montenegro, who moved atop Group E with five points.

Poland 3-2 Denmark

The Polish picked up an important win at home behind a hat-trick from Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski.

Group F

Scotland 1-1 Lithuania

James McArthur rescued the hosts with one minute remaining in regulation to earn a point for Scotland.

Slovenia 1-0 Slovakia

The hosts needed just two shots on target, including Rok Kronaveter’s second-half tally, to earn its first win in Group F play.

England 2-0 Malta

The Three Lions cruised in their first match following Sam Allardyce’s sacking after goals from Daniel Sturridge and Dele Alli propelled England at Wembley.