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Sports Germany secures place at 2018 World Cup with convincing win in Northern Ireland

04:06  06 october  2017
04:06  06 october  2017 Source:   thescore.com

Who's in, who's out: The 2018 World Cup field so far

  Who's in, who's out: The 2018 World Cup field so far The finish line is within sight after more than two years of World Cup qualifiers. Tuesday marked one of the most crucial matchdays, with South and North American hopefuls qualifying for the World Cup in dramatic fashion. But it was the elimination of World Cup regulars Chile and the United States that will steal the headlines Wednesday. The day also featured the conclusion of the UEFA group stage, which saw European champions Portugal book an automatic place in the World Cup, while nations such as Switzerland, Greece, and Sweden became the latest to qualify for next moth's two-legged play-offs.

The reigning champion's place is secure . Germany crossed the finish line on Thursday, beating Northern Ireland 3-1 at Windsor Park to qualify for the 2018 World Cup . If Germany is victorious versus Azerbaijan, it will have won all 10 of its 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

The reigning champion's place is secure . Germany crossed the finish line on Thursday, beating Northern Ireland 3-1 at Windsor Park to qualify for the 2018 World Cup .

Germany crossed the finish line on Thursday, beating Northern Ireland 3-1 at Windsor Park to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.  © Clodagh Kilcoyne / Reuters Germany crossed the finish line on Thursday, beating Northern Ireland 3-1 at Windsor Park to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. 

The reigning champion's place is secure.

Germany crossed the finish line on Thursday, beating Northern Ireland 3-1 at Windsor Park to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Die Mannschaft took the pitch without a number of regular starters - Timo Werner, Manuel Neuer, Mesut Ozil, Sami Khedira, and Mario Gotze were sidelined - but, due to its production line, there were never cause for concern. Sebastian Rudy needed only 77 seconds to tally his first-ever international goal from nearly 30 yards out, and Sandro Wagner and Joshua Kimmich each scored a phenomenal goal.

Gareth Bale ruled out of Wales’ final World Cup qualifiers

  Gareth Bale ruled out of Wales’ final World Cup qualifiers Wales says Gareth Bale has been ruled out of its final two World Cup qualifiers. © image image Bale’s fitness has been a source of concern for Wales since sustaining a calf muscle strain against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last week. The 28-year-old forward missed Real Madrid’s league game with Espanyol on Sunday but reported to the Wales camp the following morning. The Football Association of Wales confirmed on Tuesday that Bale would miss Friday’s game in Georgia and Monday’s meeting with Ireland.

Best World Cup Quarterfinals (1998). How did they qualify? Beaten into second place in their UEFA group by Poland, Denmark trounced Ireland by 5-1 in Dublin to secure a pass to Russia. A friendly win in Germany in March suggested this is a team that can take on the European elite. Who’s the star?

Germany secured their place at Russia 2018 with a routine 3-1 win over Northern Ireland at Windsor Park. His rivals will share that sentiment in Russia next summer after Germany secured their place at the World Cup finals with a flawless qualifying record and a swift, convincing defeat of Northern

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