Leon Goretzka, Kai Havertz and Ilkay Gündogan got on the scoresheet and Jamal Musiala made his senior international debut as Germany ran out 3-0 against Iceland in a World Cup qualifier.
|Ilkay Gündogan scored a great goal from long range.||Photo: Steffen Prößdorf, CC BY-SA 4.0|
Germany made a winning start to their World Cup qualifying campaign as they eased to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Iceland at MSV-Arena in Duisburg on Thursday.
It took just three minutes for Joachim Löw's side to claim the lead after a neat passing move initiated by Joshua Kimmich. His lofted pass found his Bayern teammate Serge Gnabry, who laid the ball off for another Bayern player – Leon Goretzka – to hammer it into the bottom corner.
The home side doubled the lead just four minutes later when Kai Havertz finished off another nice passing sequence to make it 2-0.
Iceland were struggling to get close to Löw's troops in the first half, but nearly pulled one back with their first real chance in the 27th minute when Rúnar Sigurjónsson's shot took a deflection and went just wide of the post.
At the other end of the pitch, Antonio Rüdiger missed a glorious chance to add to Germany's lead just before half-time as his header from close range flew off target.
After the break, Germany picked off where they left off as Ilkay Gündogan made it 3-0 with a cracking long-range goal in the 56th minute.
Serge Gnabry then came close to increase the lead further, smashing the ball on to the post with 71 minutes on the clock.
Towards the end of the game, Bayern München youngster Jamal Musiala came on to make his senior international debut for Germany, becoming the fourth-youngest player to do so, as 'Die Mannschaft' saw out the 3-0 win.
|1||M. Neuer (C)|
|18||L. Goretzka ⚽ ↪71|
|21||İ. Gündoğan ⚽|
|10||K. Havertz ⚽ ↪79|
|20||S. Gnabry ↪86|
|19||L. Sané ↪79|
|22||M. ter Stegen|
|9||T. Werner ↩79|
|8||J. Musiala ↩79|
|11||A. Younes ↩86|
|14||F. Neuhaus ↩71|
|17||A. Gunnarsson (C)|
|21||A. Traustason ↪71|
|4||V. Pálsson ↪89|
|16||R. Sigurjónsson ↪40|
|22||J. Böðvarsson ↪89|
|9||K. Sigþórsson ↩89|
|20||A. Gudmundsson ↩40|
|23||A. Skúlason ↩89|
|10||A. Sigurdsson ↩71|