2018 WCQ: Germany, England move closer to Russia, as Denmark’s dream stays alive

2018 WCQ: Germany, England move closer to Russia, as Denmark’s dream stays alive

While no teams joined the already qualified six, countries like Germany, England and Poland are ever closer to booking a place in next year’s mundial.

Germany were the biggest winners of the night, handing Norway their heaviest defeat in over four decades, while Northern Ireland sealed second spot and surely a place in the playoffs.

The Germans were ruthless against Norway 6 – 0

Group C

Germany 6-0 Norway

Die Mannschaft were brilliant at home to the Norwegians, putting six goals past them thanks to Mesut Ozil, Julian Draxler, Timo Werner, with a brace, and Mario Gomez with the goals.

However, their party was put on hold, at least by one match, by Northern Ireland, who picked up an excellent 2-0 victory over Czech Republic to all but seal second spot and a place in the November playoffs.

Elsewhere in the group, despite smashing San Marino 5-1, Azerbaijan’s World Cup hopes have ended, but they do take solace on the fact that the victory was their highest ever achieved.

Northern Ireland all but confirmed play-off qualification

Group E

Poland 3-0 Kazakhstan

After their 4-0 thrashing in Denmark, Poland picked themselves up, bouncing back with a morale boasting 3-0 home win over Kazakhstan, which sees them firmly in the group’s driving seat, three points ahead of Montenegro, who defeated Romania 1-0.

Denmark, are also three points behind Poland, after putting 4 goals past Armenia, in their 4-1 away win to keep their hopes of at least a spot in the playoffs alive, thanks to an historic Thomas Delaney hat-trick, the first by a Danish player in a World Cup qualifying match.

Group F

England 2-1 Slovakia

England are also a step closer to Russia after extending their unbeaten run in the qualifiers to 37 matches, after their come from behind win over Slovakia at Wembley.

Slovakia gave them a scare when they took the lead via Stanislav Lobotka’s 3rd minute goal, following Marcus Rashford’s sloppiness in possession, but the 19-year-old made amends when he turned provider just before the break, as Eric Dier leveled things up from his corner.

Midway through the second half, Rashford put England 2-1 up, and his goal turned out the winner, putting them in control of the group, and within a match of booking a place in Russia next year.

Marcus Rashford scored the winning goal for England

However, while England are poised to pick the automatic ticket, the battle for the second spot that guarantees a place in the playoffs remains very much heated.

Three teams, Slovakia, Scotland and Slovenia are separated by just a point, after the latter two picked up valuable wins, with two matches left to play.

Full Results

Azerbaijan 5-1 San Marino
Germany 6-0 Norway
N. Ireland 2-0 Czech Rep.
Armenia 1-4 Denmark
Montenegro 1-0 Romania
Poland 3-0 Kazakhstan
England 2-1 Slovakia
Scotland 2-0 Malta
Slovenia 4-0 Lithuania

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