World Cup qualifiers: Germany shining, England's performance disappointing

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| Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 14:32
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The Lithuanians posted their first victory, topping Malta 2-0 on goals by Fedor Cernych and Arvydas Novikovas

Madrid: Germany maintained their 100 per cent record in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers with a 2-0 triumph over Northern Ireland, while only heroic goalkeeping allowed a flat England side to secure a draw with Slovenia.
 
Julian Draxler and Sami Khedira scored within a span of 15 minutes in the first half as the defending champions made quick work of Northern Ireland in Hannover,reports Efe on Tuesday.
 
Germany, who have yet to concede a goal, lead Group C with nine points, two ahead of Azerbaijan, who stymied hosts Czech Republic 0-0 on Tuesday to remain unbeaten.
 
Sitting at the fourth place, behind Northern Ireland, are Norway, who got a trio of goals in the final 15 minutes to dispatch visiting San Marino 4-1.
 
England were mediocre in a clash with Slovenia in Ljubljana, escaping with a 0-0 draw thanks to several great stops by goalkeeper Joe Hart.
 
But the single point enables the English squad to remain atop Group F with seven points, trailed by Lithuania and Slovenia with 5 each.
 
The Lithuanians posted their first victory, topping Malta 2-0 on goals by Fedor Cernych and Arvydas Novikovas.
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