Germany 2-1 Czech Republic

Joachim Low's Germany squad trained in Prague on Thursday ahead of Czech Republic clash

In the previous head to head records between these two teams in European Championship Qualifying, World Cup Qualifying - UEFA and European Championship, Germany have won one match and the two matches won by the Czech Republic.

Northern Ireland remained five points back in second place, though they were forced to wait 70 minutes to find a breakthrough in a 3-0 win at San Marino.

Germany manager, Joachim Low is not happy with his side's late 2-1 win over Czech Republic, saying they got lucky.

BBC Sports reports that defending champions Germany can qualify for Russian Federation if they beat Norway, and Michael O'Neill's side do not win.

"We're happy with the result", Loew told reporters through a translator after the game. "We had to have a lot of luck today and if Mat hadn't scored with this great header, then we would have had to live with a draw".

Despite a valiant display, Czech Republic are a further seven points behind in third and nearly out of the running for a second-place finish and a possible playoff place.

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"We simply made too many mistakes", said the Bayern Munich star. With just four minutes gone, the Germans grabbed the lead after pressing the Czech defence around their own box.

Germany confirmed lineup: ter Stegen - Hector, Ginter, Hummels, Kroos, Stindl, Özil, Werner, Müller (C), Kimmich, Brandt. Michael Krmencik fired over after trying to lob Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the German goal.

Marko Vesovic chipped the keeper to provide a 31st-minute lead, before Fatos Beciraj and Marko Simic both headed home following free kicks in the second half.


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