Germany was victorious in their fifth qualifying match for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The reigning World Champions beat Azerbaijan 4-1 in Baku with the goals coming from André Schürrle (2), Thomas Müller and Mario Gomez.
Germany controlled the game from the outset at the sold-out Tofig Bakhramov stadium. However, it took 15 minutes for the first shot on goal to arrive, when Jonas Hector had a shot from a length. After Four minutes, the Germans create a way past Kamran Agajew in the Azerbaijan goal as Hector fed André Schürrle with a perfectly weighted ball crosswise the boy and the attacker made it 1-0 from close range in the 19th minute. A few minutes later, Joshua Kimmich was denied by a good reaction from Agajew.
Müller and Gomez restore the Germany lead
The hosts claimed an unexpected equalizer in the 31st minute, taking advantage of some sloppy play in the Germany midfield to launch a quick counterattack, which finished in an exact complete from 2. Bundesliga side Erzgebirge Aue’s Dimitri Nasarow past Bernd Leno. The objective finished Germany’s keep running of 678 minutes without yielding – a record in Die Mannschaft’s history. The World Champions were back ahead inside five minutes, as Müller locked onto an impeccable through ball from Schürrle to certainly round the stranded goalkeeper and tuck the ball in. The lead was stretched out to two objectives on the stroke of half-time when Mario Gomez sent a towering header into the top corner from Kimmich’s exact cross.
The game slowed down somewhat after the break. The Germans were in charge and made a couple additionally risks, while the home group searched for further chances to dispatch counters. Schürrle went shut in the 51st moment, just to have his exertion blocked, and again practically scored just before the hour stamp, however, his shot was diverted wide.
Azerbaijan continued to attack, but without any real threat to Leno’s goal. Some of the tempi did go out of Germany’s game towards the end of the match. Sami Khedira came close to extending the Germans‘ lead in the 76th minute, bevor Schürrle put the game to bed with a shot from 14 yards which flew past the keeper in the 81st minute and the game finished 4-1 to Germany.