European football heavyweights Germany thrashed Northern Ireland 2-0 in a Group C 2018 World Cup qualification clash.
Die Mannschaft are now the favourites to qualify from the group. Former Real Madrid star Sami Khedira and Arsenal summer target Julian Draxler inspired the Germans to the victory over the Irish side.
The visitors scored the first through Draxler. The young talent curled home a stunning effort before Khedira got another four minutes later. Germany had lots of chances to raise the goals margin but they failed to worsen the embarrassment on their hosts. Man City summer addition Ilkay Gundogan threw away an effort and Khedira lost an opportunity to grab a brace.
The Martin O’Neill-led side put up a decent show but they couldn’t handle the German machines. However, they remain set to pick up the runners-up spot in the group, despite being three points behind Azerbeijan.
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