World champions, Germany, maintained their perfect start to the 2018 World Cup Equropean qualifying series with a 7-0 thrashing of San Marino at Nuremberg, Germany.
Julian Draxler gave the host the lead in the 11th minute, before a Sandro Wagner brace made it 3-0, just before the half hour mark. Die Mannshaft added a fourth just before the break through Amin Younes, to take a 4-0 half time lead.
Two minutes after the break, it was 5-0, with Arsenal defender, Shkodran Mustafi registering his name in the scorers’ list. Julian Brandt compounded Marino’s misery when he scored Germany’s sixth of the evening, with 18 minutes to go, with Wagner completing his hattrick moments later to give a 7-0 win and ensure that the World Champions continued their one hundred percent start to the qualifying campaign.
Elsewhere, an injury time goal from Tottenham forward, Harry Kane, saved England’s blushes as they forced Scotland to a 2-2 draw at Glasgow.
After what was a rather dull match, it was substitute, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who brought life into the game as the Arsenal forward gave the visitors the lead in the 70th minute.
However, Scotland, who are yet to beat the Three Lions in 18 years, found a way, and two remarkable Leigh Griffiths free kicks turned the game around in favor of the Scots.
Three minutes into stoppage time, Gordon Strachan’s side were denied a famous victory as Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling found Kane, playing his first game as England captain, with a cross, and the Premier league highest scorer finished off perfectly to earn England a share of the spoils.
Speaking after the match, as Scotland came close to a victory against England, manager, Strachan said; “At 60 years old, that [had Scotland held on to their 2-1 lead] would have been the best result of my footballing career.”
“To do what they did was phenomenal. You can’t do any more than they did. It was like a middleweight fighting a heavyweight,” the he added.
England are yet to lose a qualifying match since October 2009, a run of 35 matches, winning 26, and drawing 9.
In Montenegro, a Stefan Jovetic hattrick propelled the home side to a 4-1 win over visiting Armenia, while Denmark grabbed a 3-1 win over Kazakhstan in Kazakh.
Northern Ireland defeated Azerbaijan 1-0, with the Czech Republic managing a 1-1 draw with Norway.