- Germany kick off World Cup qualifying with a 3-0 win.
- Thomas Müller scores twice and grabs an assist.
- Joshua Kimmich scores first ever goal for the national team.
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
Both sides made a fast and furious start to proceedings with Germany carving out the opening chance when Benedikt Höwedes stung the palms of Hertha Berlin keeper Rune Jarstein. Norway were operating with a risky high line, but it was a goal-mouth scramble that saw them fall behind as Thomas Müller pounced to break the deadlock on the quarter-hour mark.
The 26-year-old passed up a glorious opportunity to bag his brace with 30 minutes played, but his FC Bayern München team-mate Joshua Kimmich didn’t make the same mistake as he slammed home his first ever goal for the national team on the stroke of half-time.
The pace of the game slowed after the break, but that did not stop the reigning world champions extending their lead further as Müller ghosted in front of his marker to head home Sami Khedira’s cross. With Norway not registering a shot on goal since shortly before the half-hour mark, Joachim Löw’s charges had an easy ride in the closing stages with only Julian Brandt going close to adding a fourth.
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.
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.
- Jonas Hector is the only Germany player to have featured in all 21 international encounters since the start of 2015.
- Müller put an end to a run of seven games without a goal for die Nationalmannschaft.
- 28 of Müller’s 34 goals for the German national team have come in competitive fixtures.
Norway: Jarstein - Svensson, Hovland, Nordtveit, Aleesami - Berisha, Johansen (Jenssen 67'), Tettey, Diomande - Henriksen (Selneaes 61'), King (Sorloth 72')
Coach: Per-Mathias Hogmo
Coach: Joachim Löw