2018 World Cup qualifying: Thomas Muller scores twice in Germany win

Thomas Muller (left) heads in Germany's third goal
Thomas Muller (left) heads in Germany's third goal

Germany opened their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign with a comfortable 3-0 win over Norway in Group C.

Thomas Muller scored twice for the world champions as he netted either side of a Joshua Kimmich effort.

Northern Ireland drew 0-0 with the Czech Republic and Azerbaijan beat San Marino 1-0 in the group's other games.

In Group E, Denmark beat Armenia 1-0 while Kazakhstan held Poland 2-2, and there was late drama as Romania drew 1-1 at home with Montenegro.

Adrian Popa gave Romania the lead after 85 minutes and, after Stevan Jovetic equalised two minutes later, Nicolae Stanciu missed a penalty for the hosts in the seventh minute of added time.

Tottenham's Christian Eriksen got the winner for Denmark, while Poland were 2-0 up in Kazakhstan before squandering their lead.

Leicester City's 19-year-old winger Bartosz Kapustka had put Poland ahead and Robert Lewandowski doubled the lead from the penalty spot, only for Kazakhstan to score twice in the second half.

Group F saw plenty of late drama.

After Adam Lallana scored a 95th-minute winner for England away to 10-man Slovakia, there was another late goal in the game between Lithuania and Slovenia.

Lithuania led 2-1 with moments to go when former West Bromwich Albion loan signing Bostjan Cesar equalised for the visitors.

Scotland rounded off the group with a comprehensive 5-1 win over Malta, with Robert Snodgrass getting a hat-trick.

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