Champions Germany perfect 5-1 Azerbaijan rout

October 09, 2017
Azerbaijan's Ramil Sheidaev (left), and Germany's Joshua Kimmich challenge for the ball during the 2018 World Cup qualifying Group C match between Germany and Azerbaijan in Kaiserslautern, Germany, yesterday. (AP Photo)
San Marino's Christian Brolli (centre), watches teammate Mirko Palazzi (left), challenge Czech Republic's Jakub Jankto, right, during the World Cup Group C qualifying in Plzen, Czech Republic, yesterday. The Czech Republic won 5-0. (AP Photo)
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KAISERSLAUTERN, (AP):

Defending champions Germany wrapped up its most successful World Cup qualification campaign with a 5-1 victory over Azerbaijan yesterday, its 10th win from 10 games.

With many regulars left out by Germany, it was up to others to shine in European qualifying, and Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka made his case for inclusion in the World Cup squad with two goals. Hoffenheim's Sandro Wagner claimed his fifth goal in five qualifiers.

Germany, which secured qualification last Thursday, finished Group C with a maximum 30 points, and a European record 43 goals scored and just four conceded.

Northern Ireland knew before its 1-0 defeat to Norway in Oslo that it was assured of a play-off place.

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