FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Europe - Germany stays perfect, England disappoints

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Madrid, Oct 12: Germany maintained their 100 per cent record in the FIFA World Cup 2018 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.

German players (left) england's Eric Dier misses penalty (Image courtesy: Germany and England Twitter handle)

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.

IANS

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