World Cup UEFA Qualification  – Germany thrash San Marino 7; England held but stay top; Lewandowski Warsaw hattrick hero

​Group C

Azerbaijan 0 – 1 N.Ireland

Germany 7 – 0 San Marino

Norway 1 – 1 Czech  Republic

  • Germany 7 – 0 San Marino

Sandro Wagner scored a hat-trick as Group C leaders Germany stretched their 100 per cent record to six games with a 7-0 win over San Marino in Nuremberg.

Julian Draxler’s early effort set the Germans on their way and a brace from Wagner and a fourth for Amin Younes put them four goals clear by the break.

Shkodran Mustafi increased Germany’s lead early in the second half and Julian Brandt headed the sixth before Wagner completed his hat-trick – and the German scoring – with a header of his own five minutes from time.

  • Norway 1 – 1 Czech  Republic

Czech Republic were held to a 1-1 draw at struggling Norway, Theodor Gebre Selassie’s first-half strike cancelled out by an Alexander Soderlund penalty.

That result leaved the Czechs four points behind Northern Ireland.

  • Azerbaijan 0 – 1 N.Ireland

Northern Ireland defeated Azerbaijan 1-0 in Baku thanks to a stoppage-time strike from Stuart Dallas.

Group E

Kazakhstan 1 – 3 Denmark

Montenegro 4 – 1 Armenia

Poland 3 – 1 Romania

  • Poland 3 – 1 Romania

Robert Lewandowski netted a hat-trick asPolandmaintained their six-point lead at the top of Group E with a 3-1 win over Romania in Warsaw.

The striker opened the scoring with a 29th-minute penalty and doubled their advantage when he added a second just before the hour.

A second penalty from Lewandowski sealed another win for the hosts five minutes later before Bogdan Stancu scored a late consolation.

  • Kazakhstan 1 – 3 Denmark

Denmark kept up the pressure on Poland with a 3-1 win over 10-man Kazakhstan in Almaty.

Nicolai Jorgensen put the Danes ahead and Christian Eriksen added a second from the spot after Bauyrzhan Islamkhan was sent off in the dying stages of the first half.

Islambek Kuat briefly reduced the deficit before Kasper Dolberg’s 81st-minute strike sealed victory for the visitors.

  • Montenegro 4 – 1 Armenia

Stevan Jovetic was another hat-trick hero as Montenegro held onto second place in the same group with a 4-1 win over Armenia in Podgorica.

The former Manchester City man added to an early strike by Fatos Beciraj to secure a comfortable win for his side, while the visitors replied late through Ruslan Koryan.

Group F

Scotland 2 – 2 England

Slovenia 2 – 0 Malta

Lithuania 1 – 2 Slovakia

  • Scotland 2 – 2 England

Captain Harry Kane rescued a point in injury time as England snatched a dramatic 2-2 draw with Scotland at Hampden Park.

Two late free-kicks from Leigh Griffiths )87, 90( looked to have earned the home side a sensational victory in Saturday’s World Cup Qualifier, after substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had opened the scoring 20 minutes from time.

But Kane volleyed in Raheem Sterling’s cross four minutes into added time to preserve England’s unbeaten record and keep them three points clear at the top of Group F.

The late goal was cruel for Scotland, whose supporters had been vociferously celebrating a thrilling turn-around, mean they remain in fourth place on eight points with four matches still to play.

  • Lithuania 1 – 2 Slovakia

Slovakia clung onto second place with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Lithuania in Vilnius, goals from Vladimir Weiss and Marek Hamsik giving the visitors the points before Arvydas Novikovas hit a stoppage-time consolation.

  • Slovenia 2 – 0 Malta

Slovenia maintained their push for a place in Russia as goals from Josip Ilicic and Milvoje Novakovic gave them a 2-0 win over group minnows Malta in Ljubljana.


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