Thomas Müller (r.) opened the scoring in a comfortable 3-0 win for Germany over Norway. - © © gettyimages / Alex Grimm
Thomas Müller (r.) opened the scoring in a comfortable 3-0 win for Germany over Norway. - © © gettyimages / Alex Grimm
Bundesliga

Germany's title defence begins with comfortable win over Norway

Germany’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign got off to a perfect start courtesy of a comfortable 3-0 win over Norway in Oslo.

Norway 0-3 Germany

Goals: 0-1 Müller (15'), 0-2 Kimmich (45'), 0-3 Müller (60')

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Man of the Match

Müller is a once-in-a-lifetime talent and proved it once again against Norway. In the absence of an out-and-out striker the Bayern star notched up his seventh brace for the German national team.

Talking Point

Composed, clinical and confident. Germany may have taken their foot of the pedal in the closing stages, but the win in Norway’s capital against arguably their strongest opponent in Group C should serve as warning of what is to come as they look to defend their title.

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Line-ups

Norway: Jarstein - Svensson, Hovland, Nordtveit, Aleesami - Berisha, Johansen (Jenssen 67'), Tettey, Diomande - Henriksen (Selneaes 61'), King (Sorloth 72')

Coach: Per-Mathias Hogmo

Germany: Neuer - Kimmich, Hummels, Höwedes, Hector – Khedira (Weigl 85'), Kroos – Müller, Özil, Draxler (Meyer 85')– Götze (Brandt 72')

Coach: Joachim Löw