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Tuesday 24 October 2017

World Cup holders Germany back on track with unconvincing win over Poland

Marco Reus
Marco Reus

World Cup winners Germany eased past hosts Georgia 2-0 in their Euro 2016 qualifier yesterday with first-half goals from Marco Reus and Thomas Mueller enough to get their Group D campaign back on track.

Reus put the visitors ahead after 39 minutes and Mueller doubled their lead before the break as the Germans, who had an erratic start to qualifiers last year and lost in Poland, were never threatened by their weaker opponents.

The win lifted Germany, who did not need to hit top form, to 10 points from five games, with Scotland are also on 10.

Georgia have had a tough start in Group D, recording four defeats and a win in Gibraltar to stay on three points.

With coach Joachim Loew reverting to a four-man defence from a three-player experiment against Australia in a friendly on Wednesday, the Germans were in and around their opponents' box for most of the first half.

Mueller fired at goal directly from a corner only to see the ball fly just wide of the post and Mesut Ozil missed another big chance.

Reus did better in the 39th when Mario Goetze charged into the box and was lucky to scramble the ball to the winger, who drilled home for his second goal this week, after also scoring in their 2-2 friendly draw against Australia.

Mueller then added another on the stroke of halftime to put them in the driving seat.

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