Germany 2 Northern Ireland 0: Draxler and Khedira ease past Michael O'Neill's side
Early strikes from Julian Draxler and Sami Khedira fired Joachim Low’s Group C leaders into a two-goal lead inside 17 minutes.
And that killed off any hopes Michael O’Neill’s side had of closing the gap on second-placed Azerbaijan.
O’Neill’s men almost made the perfect start when Jamie Ward fired wide after Josh Magennis forced Mats Hummels into an error.
But Northern Ireland’s plan to test the patience of the home side fell apart when Draxler curled a low shot inside the post in the 13th minute.
Khedira then doubled the lead shortly after when he made it two with a close range header.... read more
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