Germany beat Northern Ireland to secure spot at Russian Federation 2018

Germany beat Northern Ireland to secure spot at Russian Federation 2018

Germany beat Northern Ireland to secure spot at Russian Federation 2018

1-3, min. 90, Magennis.

They ripped up O'Neill's best-laid plans after just 83 seconds when Rudy smashed beyond Michael McGovern to end his 10-hour run without conceding in global football.

Germany is now unbeaten in 46 World Cup qualifiers away from home, 36 of them victories.

Defending champions Germany clinched a place at next year's World Cup in Russian Federation with a 3-1 win in Northern Ireland on Thursday, while England beat Slovenia 1-0 to secure their berth.

Manager Michael O'Neill says that's something they'll have one eye on...

"We have a small squad and we can't afford to lose too many players but it would offer boys a chance to step up. We have to be realistic". It just seems there's a never-ending conveyor belt of talent coming through. It's not something that we've given a huge amount of thought to.

But it was third time lucky for Wagner on 21 minutes and Germany were well worth their 2-0 lead.

McGovern clawed out one Wagner effort and another from a Kimmich cross was nodded on to a post.

From the moment it left his boot, is was arrowed for the top corner and not even Germany nemesis McGovern could keep it out and the visitors were in front after 78 seconds.

Thomas Muller rolled the pass into the Hoffenheim forward and he took a touch to open his body up and turn away from McAuley before ruthlessly rifling a left-footed attempt beyond McGovern. "We probably only allowed them three opportunities to score in the first half".

19 Germany will feature in the World Cup for the 19th time.

" I'm not sure if there's a system you can come up with that can contain Germany", O'Neill argued.

Five minutes weren't even on the clock by the time Die Mannschaft ripped them open again.

A historic win proved beyond Northern Ireland, but the chance to make history by reaching back-to-back finals is still on regardless.

Toni Kroos skied an effort from just outside the box as Liverpool's Emre Can was introduced to the game in an effort to reverse Germany taking their foot off the pedal.

The goal threat comes not only from Magennis; Kyle Lafferty showed some nice touches against Germany and Washington came off the bench to strike the bar, while the dead ball deliveries of Chris Brunt are always a potent threat.

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