World Cup Qualification: UEFA  – Defoe score as England beat Lithuania; Germany win 5/5; Lewandowski score in Poland win

​Group C

Azerbaijan 1 – 4 Germany

San Marino 0 – 6 Czech Republic

N.Ireland 2 – 0 Norway

  • Azerbaijan 1 – 4 Germany

Germany maintained their 100 per cent record at the top of World Cup qualifying Group C with a comfortable 4-1 win inAzerbaijan.

Joachim Low’s side conceded their first goal in qualifying, but made it five wins out of five to maintain their comfortable lead in the table.

Dimitrij Nazarov cancelled out Andre Schurrle’s close-range opener in Baku, but Germany responded through Thomas Muller and Mario Gomez to lead 3-1 at the break and Schurrle emphatically netted his second in the 81st minute.

  • N. Ireland 2 – 0 Norway

Northern Ireland remain on course for a World Cup play-off spot thanks to an impressive qualifier win over Norway.

Jamie Ward’s strike put the hosts in front inside two minutes and Steven Davis set up Conor Washington to fire in the second on 33 at Windsor Park.

Alexander Soderlund hit the crossbar in the first half but it was a disappointing start to Lars Lagerback’s managerial reign with the Norwegians.

Northern Ireland are two points clear of third-placed Czech Republic.

  • San Marino 0 – 6 Czech Republic

Czech Republic thrashed San Marino 6-0 to keep up their challenge behind Germany in Group C.

Victory was pretty much sewn up in the space of seven minutes midway through the first half. First, Antonin Barak struck left-footed into the corner on 17 minutes after good work by Theodor Gebre Selassie and two minutes later, Barak turned provider for Vladimir Darida. Barak then grabbed his second of the match on 24 minutes, meeting Ladislav Krejci’s pass to fire high into the net.

Gebre Selassie made it 4-0 before the half-hour mark and Michal Krmencik added another just before the break. Darida’s second half penalty completed the rout.

Group E

Armenia 2 – 0 Kazakhstan

Montenegro 1 – 2 Poland

Romania 0 – 0 Denmark

  • Montenegro 1 – 2 Poland

Poland extended their lead at the top of Group E to six points after a 2-1 win against closest rivals Montenegro in Podgorica.

Robert Lewandowski’s free kick gave Poland the lead five minutes before the interval and although Stefan Mugosa equalised after the break, Lukasz Piszczek’s late winner secured his unbeaten side their fourth group win.

Montenegro still lie second.

  • Romania 0 – 0 Denmark

Denmark and Romania remain third and fourth, respectively, following their goalless draw in Cluj.

  • Armenia 2 – 0 Kazakhstan

Manchester United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored as Armenia beat 10-man Kazakhstan 2-0.

Mkhitaryan, who saw a first-half shot hit a post, broke the deadlock in the 73rd minute against 10-manKazakhstan- his 20th international goal – before Aras Ozbiliz secured a 2-0 Group E win.

Kazakhstan, who stayed bottom, are without a win and had defender Sergiy Maliy sent off in the 64th minute after his ill-timed tackle on Mkhitaryan earned him a second yellow card.

Group F

England 2 – 0 Lithuania

Malta 1 – 3 Slovakia

Scotland 1 – 0 Slovenia

  • England 2 – 0 Lithuania

England made it four wins out of five in World Cup 2018 qualifying as they beat Lithuania 2-0 at Wembley.

Jermain Defoe broke the deadlock for England inside 21 minute when he calmly slotted Raheem Sterling’s feed into the top-right corner.

John Stones was required to hook an effort off the line just before the break, although upon reflection the offside flag should have gone up long before.

It took England a while to seal the three points, the decisive blow eventually coming when substitute Jamie Vardy slotted home Adam Lallana’s clever feed.

Defoe returned with a bang as England overcame Lithuania, netting his first international goal in four years as Gareth Southgate’s men secured a predictably comfortable World Cup qualification win.

The striker’s 20th goal on his 56th cap – 1,227 days after his previous appearance – was made all the more special by the fact he led his country out with Bradley Lowery, the terminally-ill five-year-old who calls the Sunderland striker his “best mate”.

It was already an emotive evening as tribute was paid to former England manager Graham Taylor and those affected by the Westminster terror attack, with those at Wembley responding with a dignified display in stark contrast to those who sung offensive chants in Germany.

  • Scotland 1 – 0 Slovenia

Chris Martin scored late on as Scotland saw off Slovenia to keep their slim hopes of reaching the World Cup alive.

The home side produced an excellent first-half showing, with Leigh Griffiths hitting the bar then post.

The visitors improved after the break but substitute Martin’s left-foot finish with two minutes left won it.

Scotland, whose head coach Gordon Strachan had described this match  as a must-win, are now fourth in Group F, two points behind Slovakia in second.

  • Malta 1 – 3 Slovakia

Slovakia won 3-1 in Malta, whose Jean Paul Farrugia cancelled out Vladimir Weiss’ second-minute opener, but Slovakia regained the lead through Jan Gregus and Adam Nemec added a late third before he was shown a straight red card for his foul on Zach Muscat.


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