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Germany L. Goretzka (3), K. Havertz (7), İ. Gündoğan (56)
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Dominant Germany cruise to victory over Iceland

By Rune Gjerulff

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.
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.

1M. Neuer (C)
13L. Klostermann
4M. Ginter
16A. Rüdiger
23E. Can
18L. Goretzka ↪71
6J. Kimmich
21İ. Gündoğan
10K. Havertz ↪79
20S. Gnabry ↪86
19L. Sané ↪79
12K. Trapp
22M. ter Stegen
9T. Werner ↩79
2P. Max
5J. Tah
8J. Musiala ↩79
11A. Younes ↩86
14F. Neuhaus ↩71
15F. Wirtz
1H. Halldórsson
15A. Sampsted
14K. Árnason
5S. Ingason
18H. Magnússon
17A. Gunnarsson (C)
21A. Traustason ↪71
4V. Pálsson ↪89
16R. Sigurjónsson ↪40
8B. Bjarnason
22J. Böðvarsson ↪89
12Ö. Kristinsson
13R. Rúnarsson
9K. Sigþórsson ↩89
20A. Gudmundsson ↩40
3H. Eyjólfsson
6R. Sigurðsson
19H. Hermannsson
23A. Skúlason ↩89
7J. Guðmunds­son
10A. Sigurdsson ↩71
11H. Fridjonsson

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