Russia 2018: The Holders Germany will defend their title

Russia 2018: The Holders Germany will defend their title

Germany will defend her world title after they qualified following a convincing win over Northern Ireland on Thursday evening.

The World champions booked their tickets after a 3-1 win at Winsor Park.

Sebastien Rudy’s belter gave Die Mannschaft the lead in the 2nd minute, before Sandro Wagner put them 2-0 up midway through the first half with yet another beautiful goal.

Joshua Kimmich made it 3-0 with four minutes to go, before Josh Magennis scored a consolation for the home side in stoppage time.

Germany held on to book a place in the world football event next summer, with Northern Ireland cementing a place in a playoffs, after coming second.

Elsewhere, England have also qualified for 2018 World cup after a hard-fought win against Slovenia.

Harry Kane scored in stoppage time to hand the Three Lions a 1-0 win at Wembley, and have now gone 20 games without a loss in the qualifiers.

It’s England’s sixth consecutive time topping their World Cup qualifying group, as they booked their place with a game to spare.

At Hampden Park, a Martin Skrtel’s own goal kept Scotland’s world cup hopes alive.

Scotland moved second in Group F after a 1-0 win over ten-man Slovakia,courtesy of Skrtel’s unfortunate own goal, a minute from time.

The away side played most of the game a man short, following Robert Mak’s 23rd minute sending off.

Scotland hit the post twice, but have Skrtel to thank, as they now go into the last game with their destiny firmly back in their own hands.

Full results

Azerbaijan 1-2 Czech Republic
N.Ireland 1-3 Germany
San Marino 0-8 Norway
Armenia 1-6 Poland
Montenegro 0-1 Denmark
Romania 3-1 Kazakhstan
England 1-0 Slovenia
Malta 1-1 Lithuania
Scotland 1-0 Slovakia

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