Glasgow – Germany have one foot at the 2016 European Championship in France after a 3-2 qualifying win away to Scotland on Monday evening.
The reigning world champions started in dominant fashion, enjoying as much as 75 per cent of possession as they camped out in Scotland’s half. It was not long before they made their pressure count, with FC Bayern München star Thomas Müller making it 1-0 with a deflected effort. Scotland equalised shortly afterwards through a Mats Hummels own goal, but Müller restored Germany’s lead on 33 minutes, heading in the rebound after Emre Can’s shot was saved.
However, Scotland levelled just before half-time when James McArthur beat a wrong-footed Manuel Neuer from the edge of the area following a corner. Unruffled, Germany retained their composure in the second period and were soon ahead again when Müller’s excellent run and pass set up Ilkay Gündogan to slide the ball into the net via the post.
Man of the match
It was a controlled performance throughout from Germany but it was Müller who again made the difference. The 25-year-old’s elusive movement and tireless running constantly outfoxed the Scottish defence and he crowned an outstanding match-winning display with two goals and an assist.
While a number of other nations have already booked their place at EURO 2016, Germany must wait a while longer before making plans to spend their summer in France next year. This victory took Joachim Löw’s men to 19 points at the top of Group D, two ahead of second-placed Poland, with two rounds of matches still to play.
Stats of the match
- Müller only had three shots on goal all evening, but still scored twice.
- Overall Germany had 70 per cent of possession and completed an impressive 91.7 per cent of all their passes.
- Gündogan scored his fifth international goal on his 13th appearance for Germany.